Krossobanen – Scandinavia’s Oldest Cableway

Krossobanen Cable-wayKrossobanen is Scandinavia’s oldest cableway which still is in ordinary traffic. It is located in Rjukan in Telemark County – less than a mile west of the town center.  

It was built in 1928 by Adolf Bleichert & Co, a famous German engineering firm. The Krossobanen aerial cableway was a gift from the Norwegian aluminium company Norsk Hydro to the people of Rjukan offering them a view of the sun which is obscured by the surrounding mountains from October to March.

The ride from the lower station Krosso at 403 meters to the upper station Gvepseborg at 886 meters, takes no more than four and a half minutes. The view in all directions is just spectacular – and if you walk a few steps up to the observation tower at the upper station you will be able to enjoy en even more unique view: The Vestfjorddalen valley, the Gaustatoppen mountain, the Gausdalen valley and the Vemork area are just a few places you can observe. And being at Gvepseborg you are just a few steps away from reaching the Hardangervidda National Park – the largest national park in Europe.

You can take the whole Krossobanen trip here:

For more information, please visit the Krossobanen homepage.


Sources: Krossobanen Homepage, Wikipedia

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Text modified by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews

Categories: Culture, Eastern Norway, History, Nature, Travel

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