Winter wonderland: Gaustatoppen

Only a few hours by car from Oslo, Gaustatoppen Mountain is a famous destination for Norwegians and foreigners alike. 945 metres above sea level you find our hostel, with an amazing view and quite a special history.

The place:
Gaustatoppen Hostel is located only 5 kilometres from the famous Gaustatoppen Mountain. From the top of the mountain, rumour has it that you can see 1/6th of Norway! There are excellent skiing and hiking options in the area. In the summer, you can reach the hostel by the highest public road in Norway – 1266 metres above sea level.

Gaustatoppen Hostel. Not a bad view, right?

The area:
Gaustatoppen Hostel’s nearest town is Rjukan – a famous small town because of the heavy water factory and the bombing of this factory by Norwegian resistance forces during World War Two. Today, there is a museum in the old factory which shows the fascinating history. The factory was recently put on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Rjukan, which lies in  a deep valley between high mountains, also became world famous when it for the first time ever “installed” winter sun in the town. By setting up a giant mirror in the town centre, the inhabitants could for the first time enjoy the sun during the winter months. Well worth a visit!

Gaustatoppen is a perfect place to ski

The hostel:
Gaustatoppen Hostel in itself also has an interesting history – it is run by 112 Danish families! The hostel used to be owned by an English earl, and was then bought by a large group of Danish families who used to come there to ski with their families. Danes don’t have a lot of skiing possibilities in their own country, to put it mildly, and many of them enjoy a trip to Norway to experience real mountain life. (That they jokingly call Norwegians mountain monkeys”, is another story…)

Book you stay at Gaustatoppen Hostel!

Green and white wonderland

written by Ragna Skøien


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