Is it your first visit? If you choose this holiday by car, you will see these highlights along the national Park Route.
- See the largest preserved medieval stave church in Norway
- See one-sixth of Norway from Gaustatoppen
- Experience the mountain village Møsstrond without road access on a high mountain cruise at 919 metres above sea level
Day 1: Heddal Stavkirke – Gaustablikk
The journey begins in Heddal where a visit to the Heddal Stave Church is a must. It was built around 1250 and is the largest of the 28 preserved medieval stave churches in Norway.
Read more at www.heddalstavkirke.no
The journey continues along the E-135 to Sauland. Follow the FV 651 across Gaustatoppen. Magnificent high mountain views await, and for a short while you will drive along the foot of Gaustatoppen. We recommend spending a night in the Gausta area. There is a wide range of overnight accommodation in the immediate surroundings of Gaustatoppen, which is the goal of day 2.
Day 2: Rjukan
Today, the journey takes you to one of Norway’s most beautiful mountains, Gaustatoppen (1883 metres)! Follow the 4 km trail on foot, or take the Gaustabanen, a cable car inside the mountain. From the top you will be struck by the impressive view. On a clear day you can see one-sixth of Norway.
Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum
If you start early, you will have time for a visit to the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum. The Museum on Vemork is 7 km west of the centre of Rjukan, and 22 km from Stavsro, the starting point for the hike up to Gaustatoppen.
The museum is perhaps best known for its exhibition of Rjukan’s war history. Vemork was the site for one of the most important acts of sabotage to take place during the Second World War when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing the atom bomb from the heavy water produced here. Read more about the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum here.
After the museum visit, return to the centre of Rjukan and spend the night at the Rjukan Hytteby. These cabins are copies of the first workers’ houses at Rjukan. For other accommodation, see www.visitrjukan.com.
Day 3: Rjukan – Rauland
Rjukan – Skinnarbu RV37 18 km
Skinnarbu – Rauland RV 37 27 km
Rjukanfossen (The Rjukan Waterfall)
The journey from Rjukan to Skinnarbu, where you will find the Fjellvåken ferry, is rather special. You will drive along Maristigen. If you stop before the tunnel, you can park the car and go for a short walk to see if there is any water in the Rjukan Waterfall.
Continue to Skinnarbu where you will find the ferry MB Fjellvåken that will take you across the Møsvatn lake. There are many mountain farms along the fjord. Møssvatn is a community without road access and the permanent residents are isolated during the annual melting of the snow.
At Mogen you can go on a hike along the ”Kvennavegen” trail and stop to listen to “the listening post”. Among others, you can listen to Oddgeir Bruaset tell stories from the area.
In Rauland, you will find plenty of accommodation possibilities. See www.visitrauland.com for alternatives.
Day 4: Rauland – Haukeliseter Fjellstue
A new day, new opportunities. The journey continues along the RV 3692 to the village Arabygdi. The road is at times narrow, but the views will compensate. There are several stunning views of the Totak lake.
In Arabygdi you will find Myllarheimen where the fiddler “the Myllar Boy”, Torgeir Augundson (1801-1872), died in poverty at the croft Kòse.
Haukeliseter is the largest mountain area covered by the DNT network with more than 150 beds. You can find accommodation for different prices, from rooms with showers, toilet and made beds, to simple and affordable accommodation.
At Haukeliseter you can join a wide range of hikes and events throughout the year.
In addition, you are bound to enjoy Haukeliseter’s wilderness spa.
Read more at Haukeliseter’s website.
Day 5: Return, Haukeliseter – Heddal
The return journey to Heddal is on the E-134. A stop at the Mjonøy Cultural Centre is recommended.
Then continue on the E-134 to Heddal.