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"Man-made" sun for Rjukan Valley

solspeilThis winter the people of Rjukan will for the first time experience the winter sun in what is usually a very dark and cold valley in Telemark County.

 

"Aint no sunshine in this town until now," the New York Times wrote about the three enormous mirrors that have been put up to reflect some much-needed sunlight into the valley.

The mirrors have been placed 400 meters high up on the northside of the valley, and will reflect the sun so that its rays reach all the way down to Rjukan city centre. The town is located so far down in the valley that the sun normally can't reach there for a total of five months every year.

The project has gained a lot of attention and even created several international headlines.

"There has been a surprisingly large interest from foreign media. A few days ago a Chinese news agency came to visit, and yesterday I spoke to BBC," Rune Lødøen, city manager in Rjukan told Dagbladet this summer, several months before the mirrors would be put to use.

"For years the sun-deprived local population have had to take a specially designed funicular to the top of the mountain, just to enjoy some winter sun," the Daily Mail reports.

The official opening of the Sun Mirror is scheduled for October 31, as long as the sun is shining, and just in time before the permanent winter darkness sets in.

(Dagbladet/VisitRjukan) - Photo AtoÅ

 

 

 


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