We discovered day hikes around Norway by chance due to a failed attempt at hiking in Jotunheimen. Gaustatoppen, was one of the more memorable hikes of the trip after an easier hike – the Solstien walk. We’ve also gone to Fannaråki, but aborted half way as well due to the weather. At Fannaråki, the winds were too strong and cold as we proceed higher on the mountain. We turned back as we didn’t have proper gear on us to continue into the cold and snow. We’d packed for summer considering we were there in August and that weather was abysmal for August.
What to expect at Gaustatoppen in summer
The hike at Gaustatoppen provided us with a compromise of the views we wanted to see on the Besseggen hike, per the original plan. The hike started easy enough and it was a busy trail when we were there. As we got higher, the trail got icy, snowy and slippery. I’m sure that’s not very common for summer. Having good shoes with deeper treads make a whole lot of difference. Our Keens were doing fine but I’ve noticed many other locals who were trekking past us rapidly in Salomons.
The elevation at Gaustatoppen is about 710m and about 4.3km one way. It felt longer than that closer to the top as the path got slippery and steeper. We ended up walking on the side of the trail, on the rocks, for better traction.
Heading up Gaustatoppen.
It was crowded at the DNT hut on the top and we found out that there is a secret railway which you can take up and down the mountain for a fee, if you do not feel like taking that walk.
It was a good trip and I’m glad we got to experience Telemark county, even though that wasn’t planned. We saw some spectacular sunsets there too, in our beautiful rented cabin.