Official information
Banner
Banner

"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

 

 

 


Related Articles

Record swim Norway-Denmark

Stian Vikra (31) from Karmøy in Western Norway became the first person to swim across the Skagerrak straits, from Norway to Denmark...Read more...

Terror threat: Gradual reduction in police deployment

Starting Tuesday, there will be a gradual reduction in the deployment of armed police in  public areas across Norway. This was announced by Police Director Odd Reidar Humlegård on Monday...Read more...

Threat level demands more police resources

Anders AnundsenThe Minister of Justice cannot promise more funds to the police force, despite the need for more resources when Norway is facing terror threats. ..Read more...

Terror threat: High alert maintained

Head of the Norwegian Security Police (PST) Benedicte Bjørnland said Sunday that the latest information received indicated that the terrorist threat against Norway was "somewhat reduced"...Read more...

Prime Minister vists Norway Cup

Norway CupPrime Minister Erna Solberg visited Norway Cup on Sunday, and does not want to let the current terror threats spoil the soccer events at Ekeberg. ..Read more...

Terror alert: Police may draw on military resources

The Norwegian police have received permssion from the Government to make use of military resources if needed, in order to handle the present terror threat against Norway...Read more...

Further steps to counter terrorist threat

Due to the terrorist threat, the police has announced that all travellers to Norway must now carry a passport or international ID card until further notice. This includes citizens of the Nordic countries...Read more...

Tall ships races visits Bergen

The Tall Ships Races 2014 is visiting Bergen, western Norway this weekend. The race started in Harlingen, the Netherlands, and visited Fredrikstad, before arrivingn Bergen. The race ends in Esbjerg, Denmark. ..Read more...

SAS resumes flights to Israel

SAS has decided to resume flights to the Ben Gurion Airport at Tel Aviv, after the airline stopped all flights to the Israeli airport earlier in the week...Read more...

Norway boosts security after terror alert

National security has been stepped up across Norway following intelligence reports of a possible imminent "terrorist attack" by militants who have fought in Syria...Read more...

Record July temperatures in Oslo

The warmest July temperature for Oslo ever recorded, at 33.4 degrees Celcius, was registered at the Blindern Met Office on Thursday...Read more...

Warn of terrorist threat against Norway

The Norwegian Security Police (PST) and the Intelligence Service have warned of possible concrete terrorist acts against Norway. Masures have been taken to meet this threat.This was announced by PST Chief Benedicte Bjørnland at a press conference in Oslo Thursday morning...Read more...

Norwegian airlines cancel flights to Israel

Both Norwegian and SAS have announced that they are cancelling all flights to Tel Aviv until further notice...Read more...

Sorrow and solidarity marked July 22 ceremonies

Oslo Cathedral"There is always time to grieve over those who died from the July 22 attacks," said leader of the Labour Party. Jonas Gahr Støre during Tuesday's memorial in Oslo Cathedral...Read more...

Weeklong heatwave over Norway

Norwegians who left for warmer shores to enjoy their summer holiday, can hardly believe what they hear from home: Long, sunny days with temperatures even above 30 degrees Celcius many places south of Trondheim...Read more...

62 Degrees North

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/612298Web_0074_hm_567x378_72.jpg

Sea Safari

Let the adrenalin flow during our exiting sea safari in an open rapid RIB boat. Discover Ålesund from the sea. Visit seal colonies and experience puffins and eagles at the See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/979953Web_Brosundet_lighthouse_room_49.jpg

Brosundet Lighthouse

Hotel Brosundet is small and intimate with only 47 rooms. The jewel in our treasury-box is Room 47. Only a few minutes walk from the hotel lies the old and See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/489969Web_DSC_4757.jpg

Storfjord Hotel

Storfjord Hotel is a secluded luxury hotel situated in Øvre Glomset, 30 km east of Ålesund, on a hillside overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Ever since it opened See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/971299Web_Kajakk_Brosundet.jpg

Kayaking in Brosundet

A surprisingly large number of Norway’s most stunning natural attractions are concentrated around 62 degrees north latitude. Our company, 62˚Nord is a local company, with the intimate local knowledge necessary See details

http://www.norwaypost.no/components/com_gk3_photoslide/thumbs_big/739979Web_640__Somerruter_Foto_RasmusKongs__re.jpg

Summer Trip

Join a tour with a comfortable sightseeing boat to the wild and majestic Hjørundfjord, with stunning views of mountains and fjords at their most spectacular! The meeting between the torn See details

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

WHAT's YOUR OPINION

Should Norway apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics ?

Norwaypost Classifieds

Norges Rederiforbund
Eidsvoll 200 year
Statoil
2012 Norsk Polarinstitutt

.Partners

NORGE.NO/DIFI
Bedin Front Right Top
Folkeuniversitetet
Norsk Romsenter