A piece on Rjukan and its Sun mirror. Rjukan, home to a Norse Hydro plant that used to produce heavy water during WWII, was immortalised in the TV miniseries The Heavy Water War.
Launched in 1992, the 7,560 ton displacement Marjata, the third Norwegian spy ship to carry that name, has a pretty tough primary mission- to chase around and shadow the Russian Navy’s incredibly powerful, Barents and Norwegian Sea based Northern Fleet, through some of the most challenging sea conditions in the world.
What a fascinating vessel.
Thanks to newly installed mirrors, however, Rjukan will receive sunlight this winter for the first time in the town’s more than 100-year history.
Some images can be found here (the text is in Norwegian).