World heritage in Notodden-Rjukan

Notodden is, together with Rjukan, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Notodden – Rjukan’s industrial heritage is unique in the world.

Notodden-Rjukan industrial heritage

Notodden and Rjukan was the home of Norsk Hydro pioneering in Norwegian and international development of the electrochemical industry. The story of Norsk Hydro’s pioneers; Sam Eyde and Kristian Birkeland, is no less than fascinating. As World Heritage the region can tell the story of an industrial adventure where water was converted into electric power, and where fertilizer was produced for a growing word population.

Notodden – Rjukan industrial heritage consists not only of impressive power stations and industrial plants. The infrastructure built up around the industry, the social housing construction and welfare measures in the direction of the company Hydro, is also an important part of the industrial heritage.


Brattrein Hotel in the heart of the World Heritage

Staying at the Brattrein Hotel, Hydro’s own training and education center, you are within walking distance to all sights in Notodden associated with World Heritage. Hydroparken industrial site is virtually unchanged since Hydro’s establishment of the park in 1905. Head on through Grønnebyen and see the original and distinctive workers’ housing.  Above Grønnebyen lies Villamoen with the Hydro director residential Hydro Admini. Follow “Linna” along Tinnnelva up to the fantastic Tinfos power plants where you can visit The Telemark Gallery and Industrial Museum Lysbuen. The whole area around Tinfos is impressive. Along Kanalveien lies the venerable engineer residences, and at the end Hyttebyen, Tinfos labor housing. Along the river stands an impressive treasure, Tømmerrenna, a log flume that in the old days brought timber from The Cloumann Lake down to the Heddal Lake, where the timber was towed on through the locks down to Union Bruk in Skien.



We have access to certified Power Guides and local historians who can assist in customized guided tours for groups through all World Heritage sights.


All UNESCO sites

The Brattrein Hotel is the perfect base for excursions to other heritage sights outside Notodden. Visit Vemork and Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum. The Rjukan Water Fall was the foundation of Vemork, the world’s largest power station in the year 1911. Hydro also had a president residence in Rjukan, Hydro Admini now operated as a lodge for visitors. Follow the footsteps of the Heavy Water Operation from WW2. Experience Krossobanen, a cable car tram, lifting you to the foot of the mountains and Hardangervidda. Take a historic cruise on Tinnsjø  Lake with the newly restored museum ferry M/F Storegut, one of the original trains ferries that transported train cars and freight between Mæl and Tinnoset. Tinnosbanen Railway was the shipping route between Rjukan and Notodden. The railway is 70 km long, was built in an impressive 14 months, and was completed on February 18th 1909. From Notodden freight was carried by boat through the locks on the Telemark Canal. The fertilizer and other goods was then unloaded at Herøya and shipped out to the rest of the world.