A piece of Norway and Gaustadtoppen


Yes, I did it and finally got on top of it. Gaustadtoppen!!! So many times, I have been close to getting there, but then I dropped it at the last moment. «Gaustatoppen (1883 meters) in Rjukan is claimed to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway! On a clear day you can see 1/6 av Norway from the top.» writes visitnorway

While traveling in South-America, I learned that the mountains were sacred in ancient South American mythology.
«In Inca mythology, apu was the name given to powerful mountain spirits. The Incas also used apu to refer to the sacred mountains themselves; each mountain had its own spirit, with the spirit going by the name of its mountain domain. Apus were typically male spirits, although some female examples do exist. In the Quechua language—spoken by the Incas and now the second most common language in modern Peru—the plural of apu is apukuna. Inca mythology worked within three realms: Hanan Pacha (the upper realm), Kay Pacha (the human realm), and Uku Pacha (the inner world, or underworld). Mountains—rising up from the human world toward Hanan Pacha—offered the Incas a connection with their most powerful gods in the heavens,» as tripsavvy writes in the article The Apu Mountain Spirits of Peru.

In South- America, I also learned that the spirits of a mountain could call on one. I like to think that each mountain has its spirit. So was it the spirit of Gaustadtoppen that had called on me for so many years? 

And yes, at last, I listened to the call and walked the last 4,2 km to the mountain top, or no, now I’m lying a little. When you finally reach the top, there are still a few hundred meters to the very highest peak. But we did not go there cause of our time limit. While many choose to stay in Telemark before or after going up, we took it as a day road trip and started at 09.30 am from Oslo.
Ruth and I are the wild ones.😊😂
We buzz, do not use GPS, and like the good old-fashioned way or even more than the old-fashioned way. We do not even use a map. Yes, we whirl around, and from time to time, we also get lost. After all, we are two chatty ladies who do not always follow the signs, but we always reach the finish line.
It also happened to us on Sunday, 15 August, but we quickly traced our way back and managed to be at the Stavsro parking spot by 1 pm. Stavros is where the route begins. At Stavsro, we met a couple who had just returned from the top.

“How long time did it take to get up to the peak?” I asked them.
“We do not speak Norwegian, english please? Oh Yes, it takes 2.5 hours up, but it is just straight up.”

And 2.5 hours later, at 3.30 pm, we had reached the peak and could enjoy the fantastic 360-degree view. I guess the weather Gods were in a brilliant mood that day. If you are ever going to visit Norway and want to hike in the mountains, checking the weather forecast is a must, and so it is to have the right clothes and types of equipment.
The trip to Gaustadtoppen would never have been the same if the weather had not been with us. On a day with sh**** weather, we would not have experienced the spectacular view, and also, the down trip would have been a slippery affair. Going down on wet rocks is not for people like Ruth and me.

By the way, if you ever come to Norway, I highly recommend this mountain top. The drive from Oslo to Rjukan takes 2, 5 hours, and you pass by the fantastic Tinnsjå. Tinnsjå (English: Lake Tinn), also called Tinnsjø and Tinnsjøen, is one of the largest lakes in Norway and one of the deepest in Europe. The view is just like a dream.

PS: I hope you enjoy my 7,5 minutes movie 😊😳 that gives a small taste of Norway.
Although the film bears the mark of dirty car windows and my shaking hands, it might even be considered far away from perfect. But I assure you, our trip was PERFECT!!

The vibration of the week is now updated!!