Summer at Gaustatoppen

Gaustatoppen is Telemark’s highest mountain and proudly rises 1,883 metres above sea level and it’s no wonder why Gaustatoppen at summer is so popular. On a clear day you can see a sixth of Norway’s surface area from here! Gaustatoppen attracts more than 120,000 visitors every year. In the summer there are several hiking trails you can take up to the summit – or you could take the subterranean route: the Gaustabanen railway.

Gaustatoppen is often called Norway’s most beautiful mountain. And we understand why. The characteristic, elongated crest of the mountain with its many channels truly stands out.

In the summer, Gaustatoppen is visited by thousands of hikers, eager to reach the summit of Telemark and enjoy the spectacular views. Whatever the purpose of your visit to Gaustatoppen, Gausta is ready to meet all your needs, from much-needed information to beds and further adventures.

Hike to Gaustatoppen

There’s more than one way to reach the top of Telemark. Pick a trail that suits you. And don’t worry, Gaustatoppen isn’t going anywhere. You can always try another trail during your next visit to Gausta.

You can find out which hiking trails can take you to the summit on our 3D map. But remember that the weather can change quickly here in Gausta so hike in suitable weather only.

The Gaustabanen railway – the subterranean route to Gaustatoppen

If you prefer to take the subterranean route using the Gaustabanen railway, this is also a unique experience. Gaustabanen is an underground train that runs inside Gaustatoppen and can take you all the way up to the top in 15 minutes. You can choose between a single or return ticket.

The idea of building an underground train to Gaustatoppen started as a civilian tourism project in the early 1950s. But when NATO got news of the plans it became a top-secret military project. The railway was used to ship staff and supplies to the NATO radio station based on the summit. Today it is once again open to the public.

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Gaustatoppen Turisthytte

Gaustatoppen Turisthytte is the cosy tourist cabin located at Gaustatoppen. Here you can enjoy freshly baked waffles and a cup of coffee with a breathtaking view of large parts of southern Norway. In fact, Gaustatoppen Turisthytte sell more waffles than any other place in Norway.

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Parking at Gaustatoppen

There are several places to park if you want to visit Gaustatoppen. Choose the one that’s best for you – depending on how you plan to get to the summit. In the summer you can also take the Fjellbussen mountain bus between several destinations in Gausta. The bus stops at Rjukan, Gaustablikk, Bygget, Gaustabanen, and Stavsro.

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Accommodation around Gaustatoppen

Every kind of lodging can be booked at Gausta. Come as you are, as a couple, as friends, or family. Choose from a comfortable room at the classic high-rise Gaustablikk hotel, modern apartments with stunning views in the middle of Gausta, or cosy, new cabins recently built to a high standard right at the foot of Gaustatoppen.

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Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

Every summer Gaustatoppen is packed with courageous triathletes. After all, this is where the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon takes place every August – the extreme triathlon with distances corresponding to Ironman competitions. The event begins in Hardangerfjord and takes you through Hardangervidda on bike and the finishing line for the final marathon is at Gaustatoppen, 1,883 metres above sea level. Up to 250 triathletes can take part in the event so there’s a draw for the places.

Read more: Norseman – not a race, an experience

With her heart in Gausta – why Katarina Flatland loves Gausta

Katarina Flatland is used to being in the spotlight as a presenter of Idol Norway on TV2. But she’s equally at home in the mountains. Katarina Flatland visits Gausta as often as she can, all year round.

“I loved all the times we went up to the Gaustatoppen summit and enjoyed the view. The excitement never waned”

Read more: Interview with Katarina Flatland

New glazed restaurant at Gaustatoppen

The whole of the Gausta area is facing major changes. There are ambitious plans to renew both Gaustabanen and Gaustatoppen Turisthytte. A new glazed restaurant at the summit station will give visitors the chance to experience the summit in all kinds of weather.

Read more: Ambitious plans for Gaustabanen’s future – an interview with Halvor Haukaas

Trails to and around Gaustatoppen