No trip to Rjukan would be complete without admiring Gaustatoppen, the highest mountain in the province of Telemark. It is not as if you could miss this giant, which I will prove to you even had snow in the middle of summer. Okay it wasn’t a lot of snow but enough to make a snowball and throw it at my good friend (who was the chauffer that day so I am lucky I got a ride home! Hehehe)
The view from the summit of the mountain is incredible. They tell us on a clear day one can see 60,000 square kilometres. In the summer time it is popular to climb this mountain as they have made a fairly good hiking trail (it is very rocky though) to the summit which lies 1883 meters over sea level. In the winter time there is of course a ski slope which is popular for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and competitions. I am sorry that the weather was a bit cloudy the day we were there, so in most of the pictures (in the slideshow below) you can see the clouds surrounding the top. So I include one picture from last year with a much clearer view of Gaustatoppen in the background:
We were also very lucky that weekend because we got to see the famous Rjukan waterfall:
The Rjukan waterfall is now normally much reduced in size as the water is used to make electricity, however because we had a lot of rainfall that week they opened the damn and let the waterfall run full force on Sunday just when we were on the way home. If you look at the water in the river which we crossed on the way to my friend’s cabin (the last picture in the slideshow below) you can clearly see why that was necessary. This is really what I would call white water! With a drop of 238 meters the waterfall is a dramatic vision in white, and the roar of the water is truly breathtaking! We stopped at a well known tourist path beside the fall, and it seemed like the entire village had come out to enjoy the event. This was an unannounced opening of the waterfall, so it wasn’t tourists rushing to see the beauty but the local folk coming out to enjoy their natural treasure in full glory.
Renny also made a slideshow again of the rest of the pics from Gaustadtoppen and Rjukan. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed being there:
I hope these two articles (click to readthe first one!) inspires a lot of you to go out and enjoy your natural treasures in the area where you live. If you want to come and see Gaustatoppen and Rjukan yourself please let us know and we’ll be happy to guide you!!