This medium-difficulty hike to Gaustatoppen from Selstali Seter is around 7.4 km one way. Starting in Selstali Seter, you hike south through beautiful Gausdalen before turning east up the mountain and connecting to the southern trail up to the top. The hike takes around 3 hours. The hike to Gaustatoppen is steep but well worth the effort – on a clear day you can see a sixth of Norway from the summit.
Drive west from Rjukan, past Vemork. There are signs for Selstali Seter at Krokan Turisthytte, from which it is a 9-km drive along a gravel road. Before you get to the farm, you will reach a toll road where you have to pay NOK 40 (in coins) to go through the barrier. The fee can be paid by card at Selstali Seter. Park your car and begin the mountain-top hike to Gaustatoppen straight from Selstali Seter.
Starting in Selstali Seter, you hike south through Gausdalen before turning east up the mountain and connecting to the southern trail up to the top.
The mountain-top hike to Gaustatoppen from Selstali Seter is easier than the hike from Rjukan, but it’s still steep and you’ll need to be physically fit. You can take this trail from mid-June to September. Make sure that you always bring a change of clothes because the weather can change quickly in the mountains.
As the hike has an ascent of around 900 metres and contains rocky sections, it’s marked as a ‘medium-difficulty’ hike.
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.
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