Gaustatoppen, Rjukan

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Gaustatoppen is the highest mountain in the county Vestfold og Telemark in Norway which 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.
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  • We went on a hike to the top and was really surprised to see how well the trails was marked - we came in mid August, so there weren’t that many people around, which was very nice. We had lunch at the....  more »
  • To many slow moving people in the track to completely enjoy the hike. The transfer bus from Gaustablikk høyfjellshotell was great. Next time I will take the tram down the mountain.  more »
  • Not for the fair of heart! This walk is for those with strong ankles and knees. The view from the top was overwhelmingly beautiful! I won't forget it!  more »
  • Beautiful view! You can have coffee and wafles up there!
  • Pretty nice views
  • Fantastic view on the top, we were so lucky to have clear sight 🏔️ And coming from Rjukan seeing this majestic mountain top with the lovely white icing on the top (this was in April) was a breathtaking view as well! Worth seeing and worth traveling up to the top, either by foot or inside the mountain with a train.
  • Quite an amazing hike. View from the top is breathtaking!
  • Such amazing experience 💪

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