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Address: Svineroi, Rjukan 3660, Norway
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Gaustabanen, the cable car inside Gaustatoppen mountain has been a...

Gaustabanen, the cable car inside Gaustatoppen mountain has been a well-kept secret.

Gaustabanen consists of a battery driven car on a cable that carries passengers approximately 860 metres horizontally up inside the mountain.

Right in the centre of the mountain there is a station, with an angled shuttle line of 1040 metres that rises to 1800 metres above sea level.

From the top, there is an exit to the so-called Tuddalstippen, situated right under the Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin.

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What a jewel to access this mountain.

Mt Gausta is not only considered one of Norway's most beautiful mountains (the "jewel of Telemark"), at 1883 m (6178 feet) above sea level its summit was also of strategic... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mt Gausta is not only considered one of Norway's most beautiful mountains (the "jewel of Telemark"), at 1883 m (6178 feet) above sea level its summit was also of strategic importance for the military during the Cold War. A radio tower and listening station was built by NATO near the summit of Mt Gausta – and to permit access to... More 

Thank Marcus R
Skien, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Formerly secret Cold War NATO-installation. Takes you deep into the mountain on a tram, then on a steep funicular railway, still in a tunnel, almost to the top of Gausta Mountain. A short, but somewhat steep flight of steps brings you up to the antenna tower and cafeteria, the latter famous for its waffles. If you don't have fear of... More 

Thank Normallyhappy2010
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

If you want to enjoy the view from Gaustablikk top, but if you have small children or have difficulty walking then this is a great opportunity. Or that you just want to experience the "journey" through the mountain so this can only be highly recommended. We were there this time with four children aged 2, 3, 7 and 9 years... More 

Thank Morten G
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Just amazing to take these 2 trains up through the mountain to the mountain top. Very tight but cool to experience. On the top it is very windy. Got to take the royal elevator up the last bit, not everyone can :).

Thank Christos K
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

The ride with the Gaustabanen is fantastic. First the tram for 800 meter, then The 40 degree escalator for over a km nearly all The way to the top! Highly recommended for everybody that wants a special experience.

Thank Nikolai S
Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Sooo happy we took the train, as the hike up the mountain is really challenging, even for experienced hikers. Plus the train is a great experience too! It's a bit expensive (250KR), but well worth it. Tip: park your car at Toskjaer and take the shuttle bus or regular bus to the Gaustabanen. It takes 1,5 hr (experienced) to 2... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

This is a must for anyone who enjoys trains / funiculars and strange ways to travel :) With hiking as the only other option for going to the top of the Gaustatoppen, this was the best way in my opinion! We got there for the first train of the day so minimal queuing. The trains / funicular only take small... More 

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

I had never been on a train like this, but it was a cool experience. It takes about 15 minutes to go to the top (or back). We didn't have to wait very long to get in. It is quite expensive, but the view at the top of the mountain is great.

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

We decided to take the funicular to the top of Gaustatoppen and it was a such a cool experience. It took only 15 minutes to get to the top and it really fun. There was a lot of family with young kids that day and the kids really had fun and enjoyed their ride. I was also amazed as a... More 

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Grimstad, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

For one time experience, it might be OK to use this tram. It is a quick way to reach the top of Gaustatoppen without sweating. The tickets are expensive for sure, and the tram is old, and can only bring very limited people. We arrived in Gaustabanen 12:00 and got our turn at 14:00. On the way back, there was... More 

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