The Saboteurs’ Trail – hike in the footsteps of the saboteurs

The Saboteurs’ Trail combines history and beautiful nature. These are the trails that the Norwegian resistance movement hiked along during the Second World War the night they would blow up the heavy-water plant in Rjukan. You can choose to hike this medium-difficulty trail on your own or with a guide. If you’d like to book a guided tour, please contact Telemark Opplevelser.

The route in brief
Rjukan Fjellstue, 11 km west of Rjukan
8,3 km there and back
2-3 hours
Vertical rise:
ca 315 m (approx. 679-994 metres above sea level)
For children used to hiking

Getting here

From the centre of Rjukan drive west towards Rauland. After about 11 km, follow the signs for Rjukan Fjellstue. This is the starting point of the route and parking is available here.

The route is well marked and the nature in the area is very special. During the hike you’ll also pass the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum. Towards the end of the hike there are some steeper sections, but this is rewarded with an even more beautiful view of Rjukan.


Useful information

The best time to do this hike is in the summer and early autumn, from the beginning of July until mid-October. As the hike includes rocky sections, it’s described as ‘medium’ – but it’s a simple hike for anyone used to hiking in the mountains.



Dress appropriately and follow the Norwegian mountain safety code, a set of rules and advice that you should always have with you when you go out on the mountains. For example, make sure that you always plan your hike carefully and be prepared for bad weather and the cold, even on short hikes.


Download the Gausta app

Would you like to access the 3D map from your smartphone? Download the Gausta app from the App Store or Google Play! The app also has plenty of other useful information for your visit to Gausta.

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