Anniversary trip to the roof of Telemark

Date: Friday 18 jun 2021 - Thursday 19 Aug 2021

This spectacular anniversary trip takes you, with a guide, from Selstali to Gaustatoppen, and includes a single ticket for Gaustabanen, a round bus trip to Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell and Gaustablikk's delicious and nutritious packed lunch.


November 2020 marked exactly 50 years since Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell opened its doors for the first time. Since then, it’s become renowned for its beautiful views of the iconic location. Gaustablikk has always stood exactly where it is today, with a magical view of the majestic Gaustatoppen. Had it not been for this fantastic mountain and the view the hotel has of its peak, Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell would probably not be the destination we now know and love. We’re on an adventure that will never end.

We think this anniversary is an occasion worth celebrating. Join us in doing so: and invite friends and family on a spectacular summit hike to Gaustatoppen, Telemark's highest mountain peak. From the top, on a clear day, you can see one-sixth of Norway! The summit trip is a magical experience for young and old and gives a real feeling of achievement and excitement – as well as a good dose of joy in the mountains. The trip is suitable for families, couples or groups of friends who don’t know the area so well, but who are accustomed to the mountains and hiking, and who want a safe, pleasant guided day trip. The trip includes transport to and from the hotel and a homemade, nutritious and tasty packed lunch made by Gaustablikk's skilled chefs.

The family trip starts with a bus ride from Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell to Selstali, located at the foot of Gaustatoppen to the west. Ascent to the top starts from here and takes you south through beautiful Gausdalen before turning east and continuing up the mountain, before entering the path along the ridge on the south side of the summit. The ascent is a little more challenging than the most commonly-used path from Stavsro, but is absolutely manageable for people who are accustomed to mountainous environments. The path leads you up to the entrance to Gaustabanen, up the Sherpa stairs to the DNT tourist cabin, and then further on to the radio tower. The ascent takes about 3 hours. If you want to challenge a fear of heights – or feel butterflies in your stomach – you can go out on the edge to the highest point of Gaustatoppen at 1883 metres above sea level. Here, there’s a steep drop on both sides. The experience is nothing short of spectacular.

Packed lunches can be eaten on the way up, at the top, by the radio tower or outside the tourist hut. You can also buy waffles, coffee and other snacks at the tourist hut. No matter where you choose to take your lunch break, the view will be absolutely fantastic (if the weather plays along) and unforgettable! And just when you think the trip can’t get any better, it’s time for the descent on the Gaustabanen! A ticket for Gaustabanen is included, and you can read more about Gaustabanen and its history here:

The trip ends at the parking lot for the Gaustabanen, with transport back to Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell.

The trip is adapted to the group and breaks are taken when needed. The time we spend on the trip can vary as a result.

Age: from 12 years (or younger, with parental approval).

When: Saturday at 09.00- 15.00

Number of participants: 4-8 people

Food: Quiche and energy bar.

Choose between pulled pork wrap, chicken wrap, sandwiches with blueberry-marinated salmon or sandwiches with meatballs and caramelized onions.


There is also a vegan/vegetarian option: please state if you want this in the booking.


  • Meeting place: Gausta Activity Center
  • Prerequisites: Mountaineering and hiking experience.
  • Difficulty: somewhat challenging
  • Equipment: Good hiking shoes, outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather (windproof and breathable), backpack with water, a warm sweater

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