We savor one of Oslo’s closest mountain areas, less than two hours from the capital, A mixture of mountain tops, open landscape, water and forest makes this a popular hiking area, with Gaustatoppen at its heart. Ascending Gaustatoppen, from 1883 MASL one may see a sixth of Norway on a clear day – an impressive view!
Close to Gaustatoppen we find another amazing mountain area – Blefjell. The Blefjell area is surrounded by mountains, high land and beautiful spring water. The forest bares blueberries, raspberries and cranberries for our pleasure. At 1342 meters above sea level, Store Ble is absolutely not Norway’s tallest mountain, but it towers majestically, relative to its surrounding landscape.
On this trip we can also visit Rjukan, a town right under the majestically Gaustatoppen, for more reasons. Rjukan is considered as one of the first towns in Norway to be planned from scratch and designed by architects. Even the post-boxes and park benches were included in the designs! The town’s location in a narrow valley means that sunlight does not reach it for much of the year. Therefore, some years ago, a large mirror were set up high on the side of the valley, to reflect sunlight down into the town. Rjukan became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015.
Close to Rjukan we find the old factory of Norsk Hydro, Vemork. A historical place, especially for the production of heavy water during the second world war. Here we can hike the so-called sabotage-route from Hardangervidda down to Vemork. This is really a historical hike!
For accommodation we use the Søstrene Storaas Hotell that is characterized by its family history and local cuisine. We enjoy our breakfasts and dinners here along with the most important activity of all – socialising! This is where we share our experiences with our new friends. We have local guides as well as Expa’s team of experienced guides.