Accomodation with meaning


Accomodation with meaning

Birkelunden Bed & Breakfast, former Rjukan Gjestegård, is located at Rjukan in Telemark. You will find us in the center of the World Heritage town. This is the perfekt place to stay while exploring all the attratctions at our destination.

Birkelunden Bed & Breakfast has 20 doublerooms and one apartment, 46 beds in total. Bed linen and towels are included in all rooms.

Birkelunden Bed & Breakfast is owned and operated by Arena kompetanse AS, which is a work and inclusion company, and offers work and work training for people that needs some support with work tasks.

Our rooms

Double room with bathroom

We have 4 double rooms with private bathrooms, TV, fridge and a sitting area with armchairs. All rooms are on the 1st floor. The rooms are of course fully furnished, and breakfast is included in the price.

Double room without bathroom

All 16 rooms without a bathroom have been refurbished in 2024. The rooms have a sink and mirror, a fridge and a small cafe table with chairs. The beds can be moved apart, and some of the rooms have space for a cot or extra bed. Dogs are welcome in some of the rooms on the ground floor. Three of the rooms are somewhat smaller, and the beds are against the wall. There are also no tables and chairs in two of the rooms.

Toilets and showers are in the corridor and are shared with other rooms on the floor. The rooms are fully furnished and breakfast is included in the price.


The large apartment has a total of 6 beds. There are two bedrooms with double beds. In the separate living room there is a sofa bed with room for two people. From one bedroom there is access to a private terrace facing the river Måna. The apartment has its own entrance from the outside, ample walking space, a well-equipped kitchen and a bathroom with shower.

In the apartment, it is planned that you make your own arrangements, but bed linen and towels are ready for you to make your bed. Breakfast is not included, but you can of course order this at the reception. The apartment is priced per room. Price for 1-2 people is for one bedroom. Price for 3-4 people is for two bedrooms.


From 1 June, a breakfast buffet is included in all room bookings. Breakfast is not included for the apartment, but can be ordered at the reception. We serve breakfast between 8 and 10. If you need breakfast before 8 o’clock, we will make a separate agreement for that.

There are several restaurants, fast food outlets and grocery stores in the neighborhood which means that you have a good offer for both lunch and dinner.

Practical information

The reception and telephone are manned every day. Opening hours are 8am-9pm on weekdays and 8am-6pm on weekends and some public holidays. Check-in outside the serviced times is possible by arrangement. There is free Wifi access.

Shared showers and toilets are on the ground and 1st floor. Toilets are also in the basement. Here you also have access to a drying room.

If you come by car or motorcycle, we have free parking right outside. It is walking distance to several charging stations for electric cars, and 100 meters to the bus station.

There are seating areas by the reception, and in the basement you will find a shared TV room with a fireplace. The dining room is open during breakfast. Outside there are seating areas and green areas where you can relax.

We are an Eco-Lighthouse company and are constantly working to improve our environmental work. Among other things, we have made arrangements so that our guests can also sort at the source.


You can book online via the botton below, or you can book via phone +47 35 08 06 50, or by sending an e-mail to  or fill in the form at the end of this page.

You can reach us:

Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 9 PM.

Saturday-Sunday: 8 AM – 6 PM.

To do in Rjukan

If you want to do outdoor activities or experience our culture and history, Rjukan is the right place to stay. On visitRjukan’s website you will find information about everything you can do. Below there are some of our suggestions.

From Birkelunden Bed & Breakfast you can walk around in the town and see historic buildings such as Såheim power station. Follow the hikes «Company Town» or «Town centre walk» along the Månastien and Love Trail. Photo: Ian Brodie.

The Gaustabanen tramway is the «secret» railway inside Gaustatoppen. In addition to transporting you to 1800 meters above sea level in a comfortable way, you can get to know the exciting story about Gaustabanen, which was completed by NATO in 1959. Photo: Gaustabanen.

Some say that Gaustatoppen at 1883 meters above sea level is the most beautiful mountain in Norway. The hiking trail from Stavsro to Gaustatoppen tourist cabin is one of the most visited trails in the country and is suitable for almost everyone. Photo: Gaustabanen.

Krossobanen is the oldest cable car in Northern Europe. It is the gateway to Hardangervidda and brings you up the mountain in less than 5 minutes. Photo: Ian Brodie.

Gvepseborg, Krossobanen’s upper station, is the starting point for hiking and cycling trips at Hardangervidda. From here you have great views to Gaustatoppen and to the town of Rjukan. You can also visit Gvepseborg café. Here you will also find Rjukan climbing park – Norway’s only themed climbing park. Photo: Karin Rø.

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork is located in a beautiful building – the world’s largest power plant in 1911. Here you can visit several exhibitions related to the industrial worker and not least the famos story of «Heroes of Telemark». Photo: Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum.

Experience the soul-stirring and interactive exhibition in the Heavy water cellar, commemorating one of the world’s most renowned military operations, 80 years later. Photo: Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum.

At the award-winning interactive exhibition Hardangervidda National Park Centre, you can learn about the  nature and the wild reindeer that habits on Hardangervidda. You gain the knowledge through digital screens, movies and VR glasses. There is also a great self guided trail connected to the center. Photo: Ian Brodie.

Opening hours

0800 – 2100

0800 – 1800

0800 – 1800


Birkelunden Bed & Breakfast
Birkelandsgate 2
3660 Rjukan

Phone: +47 35 08 06 50

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