Tinn is a municipality in the province of Telemark, Norway, located on 1 January 2019. The main town and administrative seat of Rjukan is located 180 km west of Oslo and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.
The municipality of Tinn consists of several smaller districts which are located up to 60 km from the main town. The municipality occupies the southeastern part of Hardangervidda National Park and reaches its highest point in Gaustatoppen (1883 moh.). The municipality has 800 smaller and larger lakes, including the fjord-like, up to 434 metres deep Tinnsjø.
Tinn is of course particularly well known for its Vemork hydroelectric power plant in Rjukan, Norsk Hydro. World War played a major role and today is part of the Rjukan Notodden industrial heritage.
In addition, the 1883 m high Gaustatoppen with its mountain funicular and the Krosso Railway, Northern Europe’s oldest funicular, was built in 1928 and is the fastest means of transport up to the Hardangervidda.
But also the villages have a lot to offer and are known for their hand-forged knives, whose production in the 18th century employed up to 80 people and the art of “Rosemaling”, which was already widespread in the villages in the 17th century. Both are to be admired in the handicraft centre Atrå.
You can get to Oslo/Norway with plane from many destinations in the world.
From Oslo-Gardemoen airport in the north of Oslo you are in 3 hours with a rental car in Tinn. (see arrival by car)
Or take the airport bus F2 from the airport to the bus station in Oslo.
You will find time tables and prises on vy.no, write in
for coming to the starting place of your pilgrimage.
If you want to get to Norway by car, can you take the ColorLine Superspeed ferry from Hirtshals/Danmark to Larvik/Norway or you can chose the cruise from Kiel/Germany to Oslo/Norway with ColorLine
From Oslo/Airport Gardemoen
If you come from the airport, take the E6 towards Oslo.
From Oslo we continue on the E18 towards Drammen. There you change onto the E134 towards Kongsberg and follow the signs for Geilo for a short time before following the indication to Rjukan on the RV37 via Jondalen to Gransherad, the starting point of your pilgrimage.
the journey time is about 2.5-3 hours.
If you would like to see Norway’s largest stave church in Heddal, you can continue from Kongsberg on the E134 towards Notodden/Haugesund. The stave church is just behind Notodden on the right side. Then drive you still a few kilometers further
turn right onto RV 361 towards Gransherad/Rjukan.
Travel time about 3 hours.
Coming from Larvik, take the E18 and RV 32 towards Porsgrunn and then the RV36 towards Ulefoss/Bø. In Gvarv turn right onto RV360 towards Notodden. In Notodden you then meet the E134 from Kongsberg to Haugesund. Turn left towards Haugsund and follow it through Notodden and further west. Shortly after Notodden you pass the Heddal stav church, which, as Norway’s largest stave church, is definitely worth a visit. A few kilometres further you turn right onto RV 361 in the direction of Gransherad/Rjukan. Follow the road straight until it passes into the RV37 at Tinnsjøvegen. You are now driving directly along the Tinnsjø to Mæl, the starting point of your pilgrimage.
Travel time about 2.5 hrs.
If you arrived with the car in Gransherad it is possible to take the bus back. Check vy.no for timetable and booking. The bus stop in Dal called "Daletta".