There are several ways of reaching Gaustatoppen, the highest point in Telemark at 1,883 metres. The easiest and most popular hike to Gaustatoppen takes you along the southern side and begins in Stavsro. The hike is 4.5 km and takes around 2 hours. The reward is views over one-sixth of Norway.
Park at Stavsro, where there is a small pay car park with a limited number of spaces. The price is NOK 150 per day. If there are no spaces available, you could park at Bygget Bistro instead. The fee includes a shuttle service between the Gaustabanen railway and Stavsro.
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The mountain-top hike from Stavsro to Gaustatoppen begins at Stavsro car park. The hike is steep but the trail is wide, which makes it easy to walk. The trail is clearly marked with red ‘T’s painted on stones. Follow the trail to the summit and, on a clear day, a view of one-sixth of Norway.
Gaustatoppen is known for its changeable weather so make sure you bring both rainwear and sun protection – you never know what to expect. The best time to do this mountain-top hike from Stavsro to Gaustatoppen is in the summer, from the beginning of July until September.
As the hike includes an ascent of a couple of hundred metres and rocky sections, it’s described as ‘Easy/medium difficulty’ – but it’s quite a simple mountain-top hike for anyone used to hiking in the mountains. Ideally wear hike-friendly trainers or hiking boots.
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.
Would you like to access the 3D map from your smartphone? Download the Gausta app from the App Store or Google Play! The app also has plenty of other useful information for your visit to Gausta.