Gaustatoppen, Rjukan

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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.
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  • A great trip, something special when the Va was the night walk with headlamp with the world's largest lyslenke and concert at the top.
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  • Great view 360 ° top in good weather. The ascent by cable car is also quite impressive. A must see!
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  • 2 hour easy walk from the parking lot- amazing view- make sure to go ALL the way out on the tip- the last 150m are the best.  more »
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  • Love the view and location. Been there countless times! Winter is the best 😊
  • The highest mountain in the south of Norway, awesome views from the top in a nice sunny day. Between 2-3 hours to go up - level medium. In the top you can find a cute cafe to get warm and eat a waffle. Also the military history really interesting with the 'elevator' inside the mountain.
  • Very nice hike. Uphill all the way, but the view is spectacular when the clouds open up. It's a bit hairy to get to the actual top, but it's a fun and cool climb between the boulders. The dog didn't like the last bit though. Too many holes and cracks to fall into.
  • Awesome hike with amazing views. But do be careful to pick the correct day or else do not bother, you will see nothing, be cold and wet :)
  • It is an amazing experience to climb the summit of the Norwegian mountain. The views are extremely beautiful. The hiking is relatively difficult toward the top. So be prepared
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