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Gaustabanen

Type:Building/cultural environment

3660, Rjukan

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A cable railway has been built inside Mount Gausta.Gaustabanen consists of a battery-powered carriage on rails which transports passengers approx. 860 metres horizontally into the mountain.
At this point there is an intermediate transfer station from which a shuttle line runs upwards at an angle for 1045 metres to a height of 1800 metres above sea level.

At the top there is an exit which leads passengers out on to the so-called Tuddalstippen, just below the Mount Gausta Tourist Chalet.

The line was built in order to transport people and equipment up to a height of 1800 metres, and as a military transport system which is unique in global terms.

A unit of the Norwegian armed forces, which was involved in the installation of radio links on Mount Gausta, was keen to gain year-round access to the peak regardless of the weather. They then conceived the idea of copying the developers of hydroelectric power stations by excavating a tunnel into the mountainside.

The cost of the line on completion in 1958 was one million dollars. Today the price would have been so prohibitive that the line would never have been built.

The Mount Gausta line was also originally intended to be used for transporting tourists up to the peak of Mount Gausta, but unfortunately the Cold War came along.

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Recent Reviews:

  • sidkc100
    Mumbai, India
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A steep funicular through the mountain
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th July 2018
    If you are afraid of the dark and steep climbs/heights, this is not for you! This is a 8 minute journey through the mountain on a 39 degree incline which takes you up from the base of the mountain to... Read full review
  • Gunnar M
    Oslo, Norway
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Unique cold war era tram inside the mountain.
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 30th July 2018
    Originally built for military purpose in the 1950s it is since 2010 open to the public. The rolling stock is the original but obviously the controls and access has been updated to modern... Read full review
  • Happywheels64
    Oslo, Norway
    Fantastic!!!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 12th November 2018
    This was amazing! I visited Gaustatoppen years before my spinal cord injury. To be back was amazing and also to be 1883m above sea level in 15 minutes with a wheel chair. I have a fairly small and... Read full review

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