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Experience Norway's most beautiful view, a unique overnight stay, and exciting history a short drive from Oslo!

Join us on this 36-hour mountain getaway to experience the diversity between the busy city life in Oslo and the silence on top of one of Norway's most spectacular mountains. On this trip you will also learn more about Norwegian culture, and exiting parts of our history.

According to Lonely Planet, the 1883 meter tall peak of Gaustatoppen is Norway's most beautiful mountain. The view from the top has been rated as Norwegians favourite view, and on a clear day, you can see one-sixth of Norway from the mountaintop. From a distance, the characteristic peak looks similar to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. But, don't worry, it is an easy hike up the beautiful view that awaits. On our way to Gaustatoppen, we will have a visit to Norway's largest stave church from 1250AC. At the top of the mountain, we will sleep in a rock-made mountain lodge originating from 1893. The now refurbished lodge is a spectacular sight, and a comfortable bed to spend the night in. We promise that the sunrise and sunsets up here are second to none. 

On day two the group will go down the to the small industry society, Rjukan. Situated in a deep valley, the small community has been troubled by a lack of sun large parts of the year. As a result, the local community went together in 2013 and bought sun-mirrors. Placed on the very top of the valley-side, the mirrors reflect sun down to the community. In Rjukan, we will visit Norway's most famous industrial site.

The industrial site Vemork got famous after a series of highly dangerous and successful operations during the second world war. Most famous is the Norwegian heavy water sabotage, also known as Operation Gunnerside. The British Special Operation Executive later evaluated Operation Gunnerside as the most successful act of sabotage in all of WW2. Numerous books, movies and documentaries have been made about the operation. For those interested, we recommend the Netflix available, and critically acclaimed Norwegian tv-series "The Battle for Heavy Water" (Kampen om Tungtvannet) from 2014. 

On our way back to Oslo, we will have a stop at Søstrene Storaas Hotel (The Storaas Sisters). At the family-owned hotel, we will enjoy a delicious and homemade three-course lunch. Inspired by their Danish and Carribien ancestors, their kitchen focus on culinary experiences combining both Norwegian and international food traditions with love. 

 You can book the trip in the menu to the right, please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at info@hvitserk.com 

 

 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 2 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here.  You do not need a lot of previous hiking experience to join this trip. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above.  

HOW TO GET THERE?

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

ACCOMMODATION

We stay on the top of Gaustatoppen at the mountain lodge situated there. The mountain lodge is comfortable, but not luxurious. 

BAGGAGE

Bring one backpack with what you need for the hike and one night at the cabin. You can leave some lugagge in the car, but we recommend leaving the main luggage at your hotel in Oslo. Most hotels will provide this service. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 7 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide.
  • Accommodation for 1 night.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a three coruse-lunch on day 2 (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport from the Oslo opera house and back again.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you with booking hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital city.
  • Drinks and snacks.

DAY 1: Oslo opera house - gaustatoppen

We meet outside Oslo Opera house at 9.30 am, the guide will be waiting for you here. From here, we start the drive towards Gaustatoppen, and on the way, we stop by Heddal Stave Church. The church was built in 1250 AC and is Norway's biggest Stave Church. Lunch is enjoyed in the beautiful area surrounding the church before we continue towards Gaustatoppen. The hike towards the top will take us about 3 hours, the path is good, improved by Sherpas from Nepal a few years ago. From the top, we can marvel at the view, rated by Norwegians to be the most beautiful in Norway. The evening will be spent relaxing in the small cabin situated on the top of the mountain, while we enjoy the sun setting behind the mountains on the horizon. The staff at the hotel will serve us a delicious Norwegian dinner, and we are the only ones sleeping at this unique accommodation for the night.

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Ascent 700m Distance 8,8km Meals L D Descent 0m Time 3-4 hrs Transport 2,5 hrs

DAY 2: on historical ground

Our day starts with a fresh cup of coffee and a marvellous sunrise. After breakfast, we start the hike back down to the car. It will take us about two hours. From here, we go down to Rjukan, the small town is listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Rjukan is a historic industrial town, which played a key role during WW2 in Norway. Rjukan Waterfall provided the basis for the world’s largest Power Station at the time it was built. During our stay, we will visit the old power station Vemork. Vemork now functions as the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum. It’s an impressive site, and you will get a close encounter with war history, and learn about one of the most daring and successful operations against Nazi Germany.  “The Heroes of Telemark” as they have been named, blew up the heavy water production and prevented the Germans from developing nuclear weapons.

Our snack is enjoyed at the museum, and then we head back towards Oslo. One hour away from Rjukan, we will have a stop at Søstrene Storaas Hotel (The Storaas Sisters). Here, we will be served a delicious three-course dinner made from local Norwegian ingredients. This is the perfect ending to our two-day trip, and we toast to a short, but eventful adventure. Back in Oslo around 7 pm. 

Distance 8,8km Meals B L Descent 700m Time 3-4 hrs Transport 3-4hrs

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is meant to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Norway in this period can be anything from a warm summer day to a cold day with snow (not very likely, but it can happen). However we don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip.

Please contact us at info@hvitserk.com if you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably synthetic or wool. 

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool. 

Fleecejacket

Bring a good Mid Layer. 

Shell jacket

Gore-Tex or similar. The jackets must be windproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. Also good ventilation under the arms. 

Shell pants or hiking pants

 

Insulated jacket 

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening. 

Gloves/mittens 

 

Socks

Wool is the best, bring several pairs, fresh socks help reduce gall. 

Cap/hat

Bring a warm cap, and something to protect you from the sun is also smart. 

Head over/skarf

  

Shorts

(Optional)

T-shirt

 

Hiking shoes

Bring good hiking shoes that you have used before.

Rucksack

A daypack for a warm jacket, food, water, snacks and the few things that you need for the one night at the cabin. 

Sunglasses

 

Water bottle

  

Sunscreen

And sunblock for your lips. 

Toiletries

  

Camera

Remember a lot of free space on your memory card. 

Headlamp

Remember new batteries. 

Ear plugs

  

Hiking poles

 

Snacks

Chocolate, nuts or energy bar.

Bed linens and towels are included.