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“Spectacular view & Experience”
Review of Gaustabanen

Gaustabanen
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Rjukan
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Owner description: Gaustabanen, the cable car inside Gaustatoppen mountain has been a well-kept secret. Gaustabanen consists of a battery driven car on a cable that carries passengers approximately 860 metres horizontally up inside the mountain. Right in the centre of the mountain there is a station, with an angled shuttle line of 1040 metres that rises to 1800 metres above sea level. From the top, there is an exit to the so-called Tuddalstippen, situated right under the Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin.
Reviewed 11 July 2017

It is really nice to be able to be up in the mountains for people who are unable to hike! The mountain bus ride from the town towards the gausta was a very good experience on its own. Then the long tunnel and funicular, the whole experience was fascinating. And the view from the top can not really be explained in words! Enjoyed a lot.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank TasiraS
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"enjoy the view"
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"takes about minutes"
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent ride with very knowledgeable carriage drivers. It was much longer than we expected and was fun. What a view when you get to the top!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Norkrainian
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile


Mt Gausta is not only considered one of Norway's most beautiful mountains (the "jewel of Telemark"), at 1883 m (6178 feet) above sea level its summit was also of strategic importance for the military during the Cold War. A radio tower and listening station was built by NATO near the summit of Mt Gausta – and to permit access to it at all times and in any weather a tunnel system was blasted into the core of the mountain for a service funicular in the late 1950s at immense cost. It had been planned to recoup some of the investment through opening the funicular to tourists, but as the Cold War intensified it remained a military secret instead until the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc in the 1990s.

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank marcusr506
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Formerly secret Cold War NATO-installation. Takes you deep into the mountain on a tram, then on a steep funicular railway, still in a tunnel, almost to the top of Gausta Mountain. A short, but somewhat steep flight of steps brings you up to the antenna tower and cafeteria, the latter famous for its waffles.
If you don't have fear of heights, one of the most breathtaking walks / climbs in Norway will take you to the marker on the mountains highest point. You will never forget the walk, or the views from the marker, or from the tower. From here, on a clear day, you can overlook ca. 60 000 square kilometres, roughly one sixth of Norway.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Normallyhappy2010
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Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

If you want to enjoy the view from Gaustablikk top, but if you have small children or have difficulty walking then this is a great opportunity. Or that you just want to experience the "journey" through the mountain so this can only be highly recommended. We were there this time with four children aged 2, 3, 7 and 9 years without any problems. At the top you can enjoy the view over a 1/6 of Norway. If you do not bring a snack as it is possible to buy a little easy as coffee, cocoa and my children's favorite vaffeler with jam.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Morten G
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