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Rjukan

Gaustatoppen

Gaustatoppen Photo: Stegarud Foto Gaustatoppen Photo: Ove Bergersen Gaustatoppen Photo: Espen Halvorsen Gaustatoppen Photo: Asbjørn Torgersen Gaustatoppen Photo: Hans-Dieter Fleger Gaustatoppen Photo: VisitRjukan Gaustatoppen Photo: VisitRjukan
Gaustatoppen Photo: Stegarud Foto
Gaustatoppen Photo: Ove Bergersen
Gaustatoppen Photo: Espen Halvorsen
Gaustatoppen Photo: Asbjørn Torgersen
Gaustatoppen Photo: Hans-Dieter Fleger
Gaustatoppen Photo: VisitRjukan
Gaustatoppen Photo: VisitRjukan
If you have a desire to hike to Gaustatoppen, the best place to start is Stavsro. The path is 4km one way, and suitable for both children and adults.

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Challenging
Duration
  • 5 hours
Landscape
  • Mountain
Season:
June - September

Contact information

Description

This tour goes in mountain terrain at 1,173-1,883 metres above sea level. Gaustatoppen towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883 metres. For 200 years people have climbed to the top, where you can see one sixth of Norway from the peak.  

You can buy a cup of coffee, waffles and food at the Tourist Association's 100-year-old stone cabin on the summit. You can pick your own stone from the piles around the summit and get it stamped to prove that you climbed the mountain.

The trail is well marked with red T's all the way up and it takes most people about two hours to reach the summit and a little less on the way down. You might find stones with wave patterns, from when the mountain was at the bottom of a long lost ocean.

Suitable for: Normally fit persons
Distance: About five kilometres each way
Time: Four to five hours 
Starting point:  Stavsro, 16 kilometres south east of Rjukan centre
Parking: Stavsro
Directions to starting point: From Rjukan centre drive east on road 37 for 5 kilometres. Take to the right by Dale. Follow the sign to "Tuddal". Drive approximately 11 kilometres. At the left hand side you have Stavsro cafeteria and parking. The path starts at the other side of the road. 
Buy map at: Rjukan Tourist Office, Torget 2, phone: +47 350 80 550

Categories

  • Hiking Hiking

Facilities

  • Nature and terrain

    • stony
    • mountains
  • Grading

    • challenging
  • Season

    • august
    • june
    • september
    • july
  • Duration

    • 5 hours

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Gaustatoppen

This tour goes in mountain terrain at 1,173-1,883 metres above sea level. Gaustatoppen towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of...

Gaustatoppen

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Rjukan

Rjukan is located by the Hardangervidda National Park and is known for Gaustatoppen Mountain and the heavy water sabotages by the heroes of Telemark.

What to do in Rjukan

Rent a canoe or join a boat trip on Lake Møsvatn, or choose hiking, biking or fishing on the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda.

Getting to Rjukan

Rjukan is located between Oslo in the east and the famous Norwegian fjords in the west.

Hiking in Rjukan

There is a variety of marked trails in the mountains of Rjukan. The Gaustatoppen Mountain and the old saboteurs' route are recommended.

Winter in Rjukan

The mountains around Rjukan in Southern Norway are perfect for family skiing holidays.

Tour suggestions in Rjukan

Hike the Gaustatoppen Mountain or the Saboteur Trail from World War II, or go cycling on the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda.
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