The Historic Town
Rjukan is a unique pearl in northern Europe. The location is unparalleled, with 3,000 hardy inhabitants living in the shadowy depths of the narrow valley of Vestjorddalen, where the shines only half of the year.
The town snakes it way through 5 kilometers (2 miles) of the deep valley, with a wide range of different structures and buildings – nearly all of them built during the 7-year period from 1908 – 15. Many of these buildings have been preserved as part of the UNESCO Industrial Heritage status awarded Rjukan in 2015.
For centuries, from late in October to March, the inhabitants had lived in winter darkness. Then in 2013, three giant reflecting mirrors were installed atop the mountainside overlooking Rjukan. Now visitors and residents alike are able to enjoy the winter sun in the valley for the first time.
Despite the depths of the mountain valley, it is only a short trip up the mountain to the endless mountain plains of the Hardangervidda. A picturesque film-friendly cable car built in 1928 takes you from darkness to light at the top of the world.
Not only is the Krossobane the oldest and one of the most unique dual cable car system in Europe, it also provides an ever changing perspective of the Gaustatoppen mountain to the south – where on a clear day you can see one-sixth of Norway.
Rjukan is Norway’s first architect designed town, built in the vision of Sam Eyde as he established Norsk Hydro in the early 1900s. Here the unique architecture is something to be experienced – and filmed. Architecture and function in Rjukan have always been the expression of quality, quality and creativity, and no expense has been spared.
Period pieces in town are easily staged and filmed in several different time epochs, the first from 1907 – 1920, when the town went from a tiny agriculture settlement to the most modern industrial center in the world in just a few short years.
Corporate class hierarchy drove the architecture and placement of the buildings in the town. The factory's directors and engineers were allocated houses higher up the mountainside, where the sun appeared first in the spring and disappeared last in the autumn.
The houses of the clerical workers were located lower down the mountainside, while those of the ordinary laborers were right at the bottom in the valley, by the factories and the raging While those class distinctions have ceased to exist, the preserved houses and other buildings clearly show today the way of life in different periods of time in this charming and unique town.
Here are just a few examples of what you will find in Rjukan:
ARCHITECTURAL NOTE TO FILM MAKERS
Tinn Municipality has developed a system that designates the different types of housing and other structures in the town that specifies windows, door types, roof types, and outer appearance.
Film Rjukan will assist your film team in finding exactly the right structures in just the right settings for your creative film and budget requirements.