The best view in the south of Norway?
See one-sixth of Norway from the summit. 8,6 km return journey. Difficulty: challenging
To the top of Telemark!
The hike with views above all others! Gaustatoppen (1883 metres), is the highest mountain in Telemark, and is both easy to climb and readily accessible. At the top you may enjoy the best view in the south of Norway. If the weather is fine, you may see one sixth of Norway. It is a family-friendly hike appropriate for fit children experienced with hiking.
From Stavsro it is an even incline all the way to the top. The difference in height is approximately 700 metres, but the trail is wide and clear. It is paved with stones, especially towards the end. We recommend mountain shoes with ankle braces.
As you approach the top, the views become increasingly beautiful, and you will see the mountains in Telemark and Buskerud, and Oslomarka in the distance. Right before you reach the top, you will arrive at the Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin, serving food and offering overnight accommodation (make sure to book in advance). You may also use the toilet facilities (5 kroner).
The last part to the north has a magnificent view in all directions, especially of Hardangervidda that spreads out in the west.
How to get to Gaustatoppen
The trip starts at Stavsro on the mountain road fv 651 between Sauland/Tuddal and Rjukan.
How to get to Stavsro from the centre of Rjukan: Follow the rv 37 for approximately 4 km to Dale. Take the right-hand exit in the direction of the Gausta area and follow the fv 651 for 13 km to Stavsro. There is parking and a cafe that is open during the summer.
By cable car - inside the mountain!
You can go by cable car (Gaustabanen) to the top of Gaustatoppen! The easiest way to reach the south of Norway's best views is inside the mountain. The cable car is open every day during the summer season, see www.gaustabanen.no
The cable car (Gaustabanen) goes from Svineroi on the mountain road fv 651 between Sauland/Tuddal and Rjukan. You will find Svineroi approximately 2 km after the exit to Gaustablikk in the direction of Tuddal.
Season: June - September
Height difference: 710 metres (1173-1883 metres above sea level)
Terrain: Clear trails partly paved with stones. Mountain shoes with ankle braces are recommended.
Map: Gaustatoppen 1:25 000