Gaustatoppen Hiking Trail

Gaustatoppen Hiking Trail

Fotograf Jacobsen/

Fotograf Jacobsen/

Gaustatoppen Hiking Trail

For more than 200 years people have climbed to the top here.

Favourite hiking destination

More than 30000 tourists take this trail every summer to the Gaustatoppen majestic towers, at an altitude of 1,883 metres above the town of Rjukan.

It is about five kilometres each way trail, and the terrain is mountain terrain. You have amazing views from here, and on a clear day, it is possible to see to the Norway coast from here, but also to Sweden.

As a memory from the trail, many pick up a stone on their way as stamped prove from their climb at the mountain.

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.

A 2 hours hike

It is a good plan to take a day out of your holiday for this trail, and the trail is well marked with red T's all the way up. The hike takes most people about two hours to reach the summit and a little less on the way down. 

Best starting point is Stavsro 16 kilometres south-east of Rjukan centre. Park at Stavsro parking place.

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.


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  • Lattitude: 59.854213
  • Longitude: 8.649171