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Gaustatoppen is the highest mountain in the county Telemark in Norway who lies in the municipality Tinn and Hjartdal. The view from the summit is impressive, as one can see an area of approximately 60,000 km², one sixth of Norway's mainland. The mountain is popular for downhill skiing in winter, and competitions have been held on its slopes. These competitions include the "Norseman triathlon", billed as "the world's most brutal iron-distance triathlon". It starts in Eidfjord and finishes at the top of Gaustatoppen. The summit is accessible on foot in the summer, on a rocky pathway of medium difficulty, although the southern side of the mountain is very dangerous and inaccessible. The wreckage of an airplane crash lies there, as it is too difficult to remove it.The nameThe first element is Gausta, the name of the whole mountain, the last element is the finite form of topp m 'top, summit'. The name Gausta is probably a shortened form for *Gaustafjell (Gausta mountain), because Gausta originally was the name of a farm beneath the mountain. (For the same development see Dovre.) The Old Norse form of the name was maybe *Gautstǫð, the name is then a compound of gaut f 'flooded place', and stǫð f 'stead, landing place for boat'. (The farm lies at Rjukan river.)RailwayThere is a funicular railway inside the mountain, built for military purposes. This ascends from the base of the mountain almost to the summit. A short railway takes the passengers from the mountain base horizontally to the lower station deep inside the mountain. It was built to access the military radio relay station built at and inside the mountain top.The installation is now a tourist attraction. It was financed mainly by american military grants, and cost one million US dollars to build from 1954 to 1959.Arrange to visit Gaustatoppen and other attractions in Rjukan using our Rjukan vacation trip planner.
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stefanwagner1967August 16, 2017
Mit jedem Schritt auf den Gausta verändert sich die Perspektive auf die beeindruckende Landschaft. Am besten schon gegen 9 Uhr losgehen, dann ist es nicht so voll. Der weithin sichtbare Funkturm ist ü... more »The perspective on the impressive landscape is changed with every step of the Gausta. Best against 9: 00 go off, then it's not so crowded. The visible radio tower is not the Summit. From there, it is still 20 minutes, that require full attention.
Vibeke BAugust 16, 2017
Vi var to voksne som gikk opp en søndag i august. Var heldige og hadde strålende sol fra skyfri himmel, og spektakulær utsikt hele veien opp. Vi brukte god tid opp og tok flere pauser for å spise nist... more »We were two adults that went up one Sunday in august. Were lucky and had bright sun from the cloudless sky, and spectacular views all the way up. We spent plenty of time up and took several breaks to eat nistepakka or simply just enjoy the view, and with the leisurely pace we spent between two and three hours to the top. Even if it was sunny, it was occasionally a lot of wind, so it was hot and cold. Good dressing is a must, with layer upon layer of clothing that can easily be taken off and on after the weather and wind conditions. Also important for good windbreaker and not to mention good shoes. I went in the half high shoes, trekking was superb on the Rocky substrate the last half of the trail up. We parked at Stavsro, went up and took down the mount Gausta line again for opplevelsens sake. From the end of the mount Gausta line we went around three kilometers back to the car at Stavsro. Otherwise, it pays to start your trip early. We started first in the 13-time, and when there were many people in the trail both on the way up and down. But anyway a great experience and a track that both children and adults can master.
Odd-Marcus PAugust 15, 2017
This peak is said to have one of the best views in Norway. Sure it does not have fjords or the sea, but this peak is so much higher than the surrounding mountains, that this gives you a very nice veiw... more »
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