Gaustatoppen
Gaustatoppen
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Gaustatoppen, which many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway, towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883 metres. Around 30,000 people make the trip up to the summit every year to enjoy the fantastic views from the top. On a clear day, you can see all the way south to the coast and east to Sweden. You can see one sixth of Norway from here. No matter what the weather is like, you can still 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. A new alpine slope down Gaustatoppen is planned, but this is no new idea. Had it not been for the Second World War, the alpine disciplines at the 1940 World Championships would have been arranged here.
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PRN72
Stavanger, Norway357 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
My teen son and I walked from Stavsro to Gaustatoppen while the third person in our party didn't want to walk so he took the Gausta"train" up and down. We ended up beating him to the top and to the bottom of the mountain because the waiting time were too long for those who didn't want to climb the mountain on foot. We are used to hike in the mountains and found this route easy as there has been much work done there from the Sherpas from Nepal, the trail was friendly and we used 1:49 hours up and around 1:18 down. It is a very stony place so proper shoes are recommended.

We were lucky with the weather and the views unfolded quickly after ascending a few minutes, truly beautiful. Once arriving to the top there is a DNT tourist cabin and one can buy souvenirs, coffee, Norwegian waffles, connect to the WIFI if needed, take a break to eat your lunch. There are the toilets.

After arriving in Stavsro on our return, we decided to walk towards the other parking lot outside the Gaustabannen where our fellow traveler had parked, that was around 4 km and an easy walk on a sunny day, but it is possible to take the shuttle between parking areas.
Written July 25, 2020
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Nikolai S
Oslo, Norway1,192 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
We had a Family trip by car from Oslo. It's a 2 hour and 45 min drive approx. one way.

If you take the train and elevator inside the mountain you can get to the top without much walking. At the top of the elevator there is a 25 min hike to the highest point. It's ok just to stop at the elevator top and take a coffe, beer or some sweets at the Turisthytta sale point.

The elevator build in the 1950s to support the military installation (closed down in 1995) is a fantastic ride. It's highly recommended 15 min ride in the inside of the mountain. 800 meter with a tram, then 1 km with the lift in a 40 degree angle.
Written October 8, 2016
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Thomas P
Aarhus, Denmark141 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We hiked the mountain with our 7 and 4 year old, the latter on our backs mostly.
It was very nice, but very very crowded
The train down had 2 hrs wait, so we hiked down as well.
Written July 13, 2020
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Baross
Spikkestad, Norway1,816 contributions
Sep 2021
For second time in my life I went to Stavsro for walking up to Gaustatoppen. I thought I have been learning of my mistake for many years ago when I walked to fast in the beginning but no. I walked so fast and passed a lot of people and come up to 3.5 km of 4.7 then I meet the wall.

This saturday I didnt see nothing almost because of very much fog. And I could not remember that it was so much rocks to pass. I was thinking that this shall I never do again.

I come to top but was totally finished. I bought WAFFLES with jam and tried to relax but I was in the end of the tunnel with my shape.

Bought diploma also as prove even I have photoes who are very bad.

Took elevator down and a transfer bus up to Stavsro because of shape and weather.

I give it a three on score because I fixed the walk alone in not good shape.
I should not have walked so fast and taken some food and drinks with me.

I used 1 hour and 45 minutes up. There are different meaning what is fast and what is slow.
Written September 29, 2021
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Mc Charl Bareng
2 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
I am from Asia, but have lived in Norway for over 10 years now. An old lady who works at the cafeteria of Gaustatoppen is so racist. She wanted us, me and my Asian friends, to get out of the cafeteria because she meant that we stayed for long. The fact is, we ordered food and drinks from the cafeteria. Yes, we might have stayed a bit longer,but we ordered and ordered food! She also said that " she does not care if the babies we have with us gets cold outside. It`s her job to maintain the restaurant and accomodate more guests. The fact is, the cafeteria was not even full. Our trip to Gaustatoppen was not that as good as we expected because of her. Shame!
Written June 23, 2019
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A_Norski_Rus
Oslo142 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
Mt Gausta offers a very spectacular hike only couple of hours drive from Oslo. This is a rather simple 2-3 hours trip to the summit, one reaches 1880 metres and has an incredible view from the top - you can see up to 1/8th of Norway.

Last two thirds of the hike go through a very stony area, so good shoes are recommended, especially if there was rain.

Do take several layers of clothing with you - wind can be very strong.

We did the hike with two 6-year old children in September, and there was no problem (apart from some minor grumbling). Get with you plenty of things to snack on, and double the water bottle. Even though there is a possibility to buy softdrinks, coffee on the top - they will not refill the water bottle.

Also, one can take Gaustabanen train thorugh the mountain to descend. Its quite pricey - 250NOK for adult and 125 for a child.

Keep in mind if you walked up from the car park and decide to take the train down - there is around 5kms walk along the road back to the car park. Parking is free.

Try to arrive early- -its a very popular spot and past 1200 there might be some difficulties parking
Written September 7, 2013
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Vestfoldgirl
Sandefjord, Norway603 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
We went to Gaustatoppen on the first day of the Norwegian autumn break, so safe to say it was crowded on the hiking trail. No hike for any one wanting a peaceful day in the mountain. We were constantly in the middle of someone´s conversations...

Parking for the easiest trail is at Stavsro. We came around 10.30 and the parking lot was filling up quickly. When we came back down it was packed, and lots of cars parked along the side of the road. The parking is free.

The hike up is easy for anyone who is in a normal good shape. The trail consists mostly of rocks, small and big, so you have to watch your step. Some parts were a bit icy, as the first snow had already fallen this last weekend of September.

When we arrived at the tourist cabin a little before the top, the fog had completely ruined any chance for some view. The outside area was packed with people eating their lunch and
the tourist cabin (cafeteria) was packed with people trying to by a waffle. It was kind of silly and it felt cramped, but then again it is positive to see that so many people actually makes the effort to do this hike.

Since the fog had ruined all chance of any view, we decided against hiking the last bit to really reach the top at 1883 meters above sea level. We will come back another time when the weather forces is more predictable, and we will go mid-week to avoid the "traffic-jam".

There is a possibility to take a train inside the mountain if you want to take the easy route. This is great as it gives anyone who are disabled an access to the view from the top. At the moment some sherpas from Nepal are building stairs of rocks from the train exit to the tourist cabin.

This hike is absolutely recommendable if you are in the area.
Written September 29, 2013
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Anders N
Copenhagen, Denmark10 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
I decided to hike to the summit in April, not realizing that the ground would still be covered in (at times quite deep) snow all the way down to the parking lot. This time of year, as it turns out, the locals take Gaustabanen to the summit and ski down from there. People without skis take Gaustabanen up to enjoy the view, then take it back down.

Then there are a few fools like me who decide to hike up in the snow. There were other people doing the same; many of them never seemed to reach the summit. I started my hike from the parking lot "Parking Stavsro Gaustahytta" which is supposedly the easiest route up.
It was the most difficult 2-hour hike of my life - especially the last part, which basically amounted to hiking up a red or black ski slope. I had lost the trail due to it being covered in snow, so I had to basically take the shortest and steepest way up. I did eventually reach the top, drenched in sweat, and had some lovely waffles. Even getting around on the summit (say, from the cafe to Gaustabanen) was difficult due to the snow and the steep grades. I took Gaustabanen back down. Of course, in doing so, I ended up about 2,7 km up the road (north) from where my car was parked.

Long story short: if you arrive here and find the mountain covered in snow, do yourself a favor and take Gaustabanen up and down.
Written April 23, 2019
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Boye N
Ski, Norway58 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We drive from Oslo to Tuddal and parked The car on The big parking. Please note that during The high season you need to arrive early. We came at 10am on a saturday, and got one of The last parking spaces.
The walk from there to The top of Gaustatoppen took approx 1h50min, incl a short breake. On the top you hav an amazing view, when you are as lucky as we were.
You can take a “train” also, inside the mountain.... or decide to do this down.... like we did. A lot of history in this, and also nice when someone is tired....
If you have time after the walk, you should visit the town of Rjukan.
Written September 1, 2018
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EllenV82
Belgium19 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
It took us about two hours to get to the top. It's a nice climb and it can be challenging at some points but the views you get along the way are incredible. And when you finally make it to the top (and if the weather is nice) you get amazing views. Overall we spend about 5 hours here (walking, lunch and a rest at the top). We had parked our car at the restaurant near the starting point (cost 100 NOK), but I saw a lot of people who had parked their car at the side of the road. In the restaurant you can buy drinks and food as I do recommend you don't start the hike without. When we went (in the weekend) there were quite some people doing the hike so sometimes there were like 'traffic jams' as it's not always easy to pass other hikers. Road to get to the top is well indicated with stones with a red T on them. At the start of the hike there's also a sign with some more info on the Gaustatoppen.
Written August 7, 2017
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