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Gaustatoppen, Rjukan

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Gaustatoppen is the highest mountain in the county Telemark in Norway. The view from the summit is impressive, as one can see an area of approximately 60,000 km², one sixth of Norway's mainland. There is an elevator system inside the mountain, built for military purposes, which is now a tourist attraction. This ascends from the base of the mountain almost to the summit. 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.)RailwayInside the mountain there is a railway that cost one million US dollars to build from 1954 to 1959. It was built to access the military radio station built on the top.
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  • 2-2.5 hours of quiet walk up to the top with the children. Youngest here was 8 and had no trouble taking him up to the lodge. Ice cold wind so late in the year, so windproof clothing and extra clothes to the top is a must! The cottage was perfectly crammed, but still ice cold with full pull-through. Here we had hoped to have it a little warm and hot, but ended up freeze instead. When one person dies, we had heard was totally amazing, but they tasted a little. Realize that you have to use the toro-mix when there is talk of such quantities but had hoped the piffet up a bit for when one person dies to create a distinctive and good taste. The view at the top is still absolutely amazing, so it was definitely worth the trip.
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  • We had a Family trip by car from Oslo. It's a 2 hour and 45 min drive approx. one way. If you take the train and elevator inside the mountain you can get to the top without much walking. At the top of...  read more »
  • Use Friday in the autumn break to climb the mountain. Not the first time for me, but the first time with the children. Rain with about 2.5 hours up (with children) bring enough clothing and windbreaker is a must! Rocky terrain, so good shoes are also important. At the top is it in season-hour coffee. Selling hot and cold beverages, waffles, toast, etc.
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