Does the hike up to Gaustatoppen seem too easy? Then this challenging hike to the nearby Mount Toreskyrkja could be for you. The hike starts at an altitude of 928 metres at Vatnedalen/Lake Kvitåvatn and takes you all the way to the summit of Toreskyrkja, 1,371 metres above sea level. At the summit you can enjoy spectacular views of Gaustatoppen, Tuddal, and the mountains in southern Telemark.
Toreskyrkja is a mountain situated between Lake Kvitåvatn, Gaustablikk, and Lake Heddersvatn. It’s 1,371 metres high, so not as high as the nearby Gaustatoppen, but this mountain-top hike from Vatnedalen/Lake Kvitåvatn is actually more challenging than the trail to Gaustatoppen from Stavsro.
Start the hike at Kvitåvatnvegen road in Vatnedalen. From here take the signposted trail towards the top of Toreskyrkja. Follow the red ‘T’s and start the 400-metre steep ascent to the summit!
The hike to the summit is around 3.1 km and takes around 2 hours (one way). After the climb, the reward awaits: from the summit you can enjoy spectacular views of Gaustatoppen, Tuddal, and the mountains in southern Telemark.
The best time to do this hike from Vatnedalen/Lake Kvitåvatn to Toreskyrkja is in the summer and autumn months. The hiking season usually begins in early June and runs until the end of October.
The hike is demanding and is for people who are relatively used to hiking in the mountains. The mountain-top hike from Vatnedalen/Lake Kvitåvatn takes around 4 hours (there and back) and the total vertical rise is over 400 metres. This means it is not suitable for children or beginners. For an easier mountain-top hike to Toreskyrkja, check out the slightly easier hiking trail from Lake Heddersvatn.
The trail from Vatnedalen/Lake Kvitåvatn to Toreskyrkja is rocky and has sections with loose boulders, so make sure that you wear sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots that support your feet and ankles.
Always follow the Norwegian mountain safety code when you walk in the mountains. Prepare thoroughly before setting out and respect nature. This is also important if you are used to mountain hikes.
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