Rjukan town center; in between tall, steep mountain slopes
Metal cows beside the bridge in Vemork, decorated with electric lamps
Rjukan is a small city in Norway. It is in the county of Telemark. The town had 3,386 people living there in January 2007.
Between September and March, Rjukan is in the shadow of the mountains and does not get sunlight. In 2013, large mirrors were placed on the mountainside to reflect the sun into the town square.
Rjukan has a long history of tourism. Visitors have been coming to see this narrow valley for more than a century. Rjukan Falls is a famous landmark. The slopes are good for skiing, and the mountain plateau is popular for hiking. Now, Rjukan has become well known for its ice climbing. The season is long, from November to April and there are many waterfalls.