Sunlight exists everywhere, except the town called “abandoned by the sun”!
Rjukan, a town located three hours northwest of the capital Oslo (Norway), is known to be one of the most “gloomy” places on earth when “there is no” sunlight throughout. 5 months of the year.
The town of Rjukan originates from the name of a 104-meter-long waterfall nearby. This is a “cradle” that produces a power supply for 3,386 residents here to live and work.
Reportedly, Rjukan was dubbed the “lonely” town when “lying” between the majestic mountains. Because of this unfavorable geographical position, the town cannot receive direct sunlight in the months 2,3,9,10,11.
During this time, the residents have to use giant mirrors placed on the top of the mountain, 450 meters above the ground, with the aim of reflecting light sources.
According to the investigation, the town of Rjukan spent more than 5 million Kroner in Norway (equivalent to more than 565,000 dollar) to replace the sun.
An indigenous citizen said: “The people of Rjukan are used to living without sunlight. We don’t think much about it. But it is undeniable that this work is really warm when it brings light and makes it less cold.
However, this initiative has faced many criticisms of public opinion. Many people believe that this is a tourist gimmick and waste a lot of money when investing in what is “heavenly” that only illuminates an area in the square.
Others claim that this project not only provides the necessary light for indigenous people, but also contributes to bringing the town of Rjukan to the map when it becomes a special tourist destination.
It is known that the sun mirror is a unique idea of Sam Eyde, the founder of the town of Rjukan in 1913. Although he always understands the importance of this natural light, at the same time, put a lot of effort realizing it, but unfortunately he failed.
Only in 2013, this initiative was completed after more than 100 years by an artist named Martin Andersen and residents of the town.