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Gaustatoppen from Stavsro

If 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.

This tour goes in mountain terrain at 1,173-1,883 metres above sea level. Gaustatoppen towers majestically above the town of Rjukan at an altitude of 1,883 metres. For 200 years people have climbed to the top, where you can see one sixth of Norway from the peak.  

You can 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.

The trail is well marked with red T's all the way up and it takes most people about two hours to reach the summit and a little less on the way down. You might find stones with wave patterns, from when the mountain was at the bottom of a long lost ocean.

Suitable for: Normally fit persons
Distance: About five kilometres each way
Time: Four to five hours 
Starting point:  Stavsro, 16 kilometres south east of Rjukan centre
Parking: Stavsro
Directions to starting point: From Rjukan centre drive east on road 37 for 5 kilometres. Take to the right by Dale. Follow the sign to "Tuddal". Drive approximately 11 kilometres. At the left hand side you have Stavsro cafeteria and parking. The path starts at the other side of the road. 
Buy map at: Rjukan Tourist Office, Torget 2, phone: +47 350 80 550


Isn't Gaustatoppen Norway's most beautiful mountain?, © Asbjørn Torgersen
Gaustatoppen is claimed to be one of the most beautiful mountains in Norway , © Stegarud Foto
Gaustatoppen is beautiful both summer and winter, © Marianne Folmer
From the peak of Gaustatoppen, you can see approx 1/6 of Norway. , © Ove Bergersen

3660 Rjukan

  • length in km (8.6 km)
  • 5 hours
  • challenging
Intended audience
  • Adults
  • Family with children
Nature and terrain
  • stony
  • view
  • June - September
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