Gaustatoppen hike

Last Sunday we went for the “usual” summer hike somewhere in Norway, this time it was Gaustatoppen which is the tallest mountain in Norway(1883 m, yeah, kinda disappointing, I know).
The cool thing about this mountain is that from the top, when it’s not cloudy,  you can see circa one sixth of Norway’s mainland, including the Oslo,(For reference it takes 2 and half hours drive to get from Oslo to Gaustatoppen).

To get to the top you have two options, either hiking up or taking the funicular: we obviously did the hike.
The hike is not among the most difficult, the complete round trip is circa 9.7 km and it takes no more than 5 hours. The way up is nothing but uphill, and the way down is only downhill. Bring with you some kind water repellent clothes, it’s still an “high” mountain and nothing will stop clouds from floating over it. Strongly suggest to use proper hiking shoes since the road is made out of stones and they can be pretty slippery sometimes.

Once on the top you can enjoy the view or a waffle/coffee at the cabin you will find up 🙂

The hike can be done in a single day.


Trolltunga hike.

Le t me do the intro pretty quick: Trolltunga hike is one of the most famous path in Norway. It is circa 4 hours drive from Oslo. Once you get at the parking area then you have to start walking and walking and walking, basically 8 hours hike gaining 1200 meters. It is a medium difficulty path, nothing to climb, but walking uphill all way long with a 10 kgs backpack and melting snow is not that nice and easy.
The views you get throughout the hike are GREAT and when you actually get to the troll’s tongue,   at that very point you forget all the pain.

Tips for the hike:

  1.  Be ready for any kind of weather, from -10 and snow to 20 and sun.
  2.  When you reach Trolltunga you can camp there.
  3.  Water is not needed, fresh water is everywhere and it’s delicious.
  4.  You can see the Lemmings.(Big hamsters that live just in Nordic countries)


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Besseggen ridge hike.

Some pictures from my hike.
Besseggen is actually a very nice 15k hike, it is not too harsh as long a you are not afraid of heights as I am.
This hike is well know because of the spectacular view you get when you reach the ridge itself: a glacier lake with green water on a side and a darker lake on the other side.
Besseggen is in Norway, circa 4 hours drive from Oslo.