Hike around Skipsfjell

The Hike trail around Skipsfjell is a relatively simple hike that takes you through beautiful, varied terrain – along paths, lift tracks, and ski slopes. The route is around 4.6 km long and suitable for everyone, from families with children to more experienced hikers. At the top you’ll get to enjoy amazing views of Gaustatoppen and Rjukan.

The route in brief
Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell/Sport’n Skikafè
4,6 km both ways
1–2 h
Vertical rise:
165 m (approx. 947-1,088 metres above sea level)

About Skipsfjell

Skipsfjell is the little mountain with the big views at Gaustablikk. In the winter you can strap on your skis and take the Skipsheisen or Gaustablikk Ekspressen lift to the top. In the summer and autumn months, however, hiking is the name of the game.


Getting round

Start the hike at Sport’n / Pose & Sekk, right next to Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell. Follow the path on the mountain side of the Solsiden apartments and Gaustablikk’s cottages. Keep left and continue past the Tinnheisen and Vatnedalsheisen lifts. Turn left where the path divides and start climbing up the mountain for around 100-150 metres. From here simply follow the path all around the mountain until you’re back at the Sport’n Skikafé and Gaustablikk.

Make sure you stop to enjoy the views at the top of Skipsfjell. Arguably this is where you can get Gausta’s best views of Gaustatoppen and Rjukan.

(And remember to tag your pictures with #gausta!)


Useful information

The best time to hike around Skipsfjell is from early summer to late autumn, i.e. from the end of May until the end of October (depending on the weather conditions).

The hike is relatively easy and goes through simple terrain. This means it’s suitable for families with children and more experienced hikers alike.



Always follow the Norwegian mountain safety code, even on short hikes. Dress appropriately, prepare your hike carefully, and bring a map and compass.


Download the Gausta app

Would you like to use the above 3D map during your hike? Download the Gausta app to your phone! The app also has opening hours and other information that may be useful during your stay in Gausta.

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