Hike to Toreskyrkja from Lake Heddersvatn

There are several ways to reach Toreskyrkja, the 1,371-meter-high mountain between Lake Kvitåvatn, Gaustablikk and Lake Heddersvatn. This is the moderate hike that starts at Lake Heddersvatn next to Stavsro. The hike is 3,6 km and approximately 1–1,5 hours long (one way). This hike is well worth the effort – at the top of Toreskyrkja you can enjoy a magnificent view of Gaustatoppen and the beautiful surroundings.

The route in brief
Lake Heddersvatn/Stavsro
7,2 km both ways
2-3 tim both ways 
Vertical rise:
248 m (approx. 1,139-1,345 metres above sea level) 
For children used to hiking  

About Toreskyrkja

From the top at 1371 metres above sea level you will get a wonderful view towards Gaustatoppen, Tuddal and the mountains in south Telemark. Here you will also come across the more challenging red path from Lake Kvitåvatn.


Getting here

Park the car at the road next to Stavsro at the northern part of Lake Heddersvatn. From here, follow the small path eastwards on the north side of the lake. When you reach the valley and the first small lake, cross the small stream and turn right. The path from here up to Toreskyrkja can be quite rocky, so watch your steps and keep an eye open for the small cairns – they are there to lead you to the top!


Useful information

The hike from Lake Heddersvatn to Toreskyrkja is best in the summer and early autumn, from the beginning of June to mid-October.

As the hike includes a climb of a couple of hundred metres and rocky sections, it’s described as ‘medium hard’ – but it’s quite a simple mountain-top hike for anyone used to hiking in the mountains.



Dress appropriately and follow the Norwegian mountain safety code, a set of rules and advice that you should always have with you when you go out on the mountains. For example, make sure that you always plan your hike carefully and be prepared for bad weather and the cold, even on short hikes.


Download the Gausta app

Would you like to download the 3D map to your phone? Download the Gausta app from App Store or Google Play! The app also has plenty of other useful information for your visit to Gausta.

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