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Panorama picture from Tinn Municipality in Norway




RJUKAN

The town was created by Norsk Hydro at the turn of the century. The name comes from Rjukanfossen, the "smoking" falls, which were a famous sight before Sam Eyde harnessed it as the new community's most important source of power. Before it was developed by Hydro, Vestfjorddalen was a road-less, barely accessible out-of-the-way place.

In the course of just a few years it was transformed into a thriving industrial area which at one time numbered some 9,000 inhabitants - a pioneering undertaking without parallel in Norwegian industrial history.