I stopped the car and looked up towards the peak of Gaustatoppen. The clouds where blowing so fast over the top, windy indeed, but it was now ..or ever? Alrighty! I stepped on the gas pedal upwards the serpentine road towards the hike’s starting point Stavsro.
Finally me and puppy would visit this looming beauty (1883 masl) that many claim to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway. And oh my what a wonderful hike me and puppy was heading for this day, for once I really took a darn good decision 😀
And don’t you worry about getting lost, it is a very clear and well signed trail all the way. Here you can see exactly where we are, and how far it is left to the top..or if you feel a bit lazy at this point, hike down to Gaustabanen and take the funicular inside the mountain all the way up to the very top
Out on the ridge we mostly had sun, but also some rain, wind and rock hard hail that really hurts when hitting the face.. but who cares when the view is so awesome!Me and puppy followed the ridge continued behind the mast for some really awesome views – it leads you to the highest point of Telemark and Southern Norway
Parking: There is a parking area at Stavsro where the main trail starts from. It cost 150 NOK for 24h parking. There is also a free toilet here. During summer season the Stavsrohytta café is open.
Trail: The trail is mostly on a rocky trail, but mostly we walked on rounded rocks so my dogs paws was just fine with it. The trail is easy to follow (clear and sign posts/T-marked). I met some friendly sherpas who was working on the trail to make it more accessible and family friendly.
Time & length: Ca 4,3 km one way from Stavsro. Approximately 90-120 minutes up.
Gaustatoppen tourist cabin: Warm and cosy stone cabin. It is possible to book a stay over night, or buy something to eat and drink in here. I could also leave my dog in the hall while I was eating a thick tasty waffle and hot chocolate. The fresh and clean toilet cost 20 NOK.