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Type:Scenic attractions

Stavsro, 3660, Rjukan

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Gaustatoppen, which many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway, towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883 metres. Around 100 000 people make the trip up to the summit every year to enjoy the fantastic views from the top. On a clear day, you can see all the way south to the coast and east to Sweden. You can see one sixth of Norway from here.

No matter what the weather is like, you can still buy a cup of coffee, waffles and food at the Tourist Association's 100-year-old stone cabin on the summit. You can pick your own stone from the piles around the summit and get it stamped to prove that you climbed the mountain.

A new alpine slope down Gaustatoppen is planned, but this is no new idea. Had it not been for the Second World War, the alpine disciplines at the 1940 World Championships would have been arranged here.



  • mountain hiking

General facilities

  • built - 0
  • café/cafeteria

Nature and terrain

  • lookout point

Other accommodation

  • tourist cabin



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Recent Reviews:

  • Arkivaren
    Rjukan, Norway
    Trip Type:
    Fantastic trip - fabulous view !!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd March 2019
    This is THE mountain to go to in the southeast of Norway, hands down. And it is accessible to all with a variety to of ways to access the peak. We went by the tunnel-rail Gaustabanen - the history... Read full review
  • andersn86
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Don't hike up when there is snow
    3 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
    I decided to hike to the summit in April, not realizing that the ground would still be covered in (at times quite deep) snow all the way down to the parking lot. This time of year, as it turns out... Read full review
  • Halvard S
    Tonsberg, Norway
    Trip Type:
    Best view in Norway
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 3rd June 2019
    From this peak, you have the widest reaching view in all of Norway. It is absolutely fantastic. Easy access (they even have a cable car inside the mountain). I recommend hiking for the best... Read full review

Map & Directions


Tel: 35080550

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Great view towards Gaustatoppen from Miland. Gaustatoppen from Stavsro, TinnIf you have a desire to hike to Gaustatoppen, the best place to start is Stavsro. The path is 4km one way, and suitable for both children and adults.