World Heritage

A modern fairy tale. In real life. 

Have you ever thought about what is Norway’s and one of the world’s most important inventions? The answer can be found at the Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage Site (World Heritage Site) Learn how the arc furnace and mineral fertilisers were invented. Immerse yourself in the story of how they both changed Norway and improved the world.

«Impressive exhibition where you could see the story of Kristian Birkeland and Sam Eyde.»

It all grew out of nothing

Get into the mindset of those who ploughed new ground and lay the foundations for a new, modern Norway. At the same time they founded both Rjukan and Notodden. Be enthralled at how Professor Kristian Birkeland (1867—1917) and entrepreneur Sam Eyde (1866—1940)’s innovations took Norway from a poor peasant society to the world’s most modern welfare state.

Two visitor sites. Endless knowledge.

The World Heritage Centre has two visitor sites, one in Rjukan and one in Notodden. Here you will learn more about how an entire community and two cities grew out of nowhere. Drop by Vemork, Telemark Art Museum or preferably both places. Because this is more than an industrial adventure. It is Norwegian history at its best.

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