Why celebrate May 17th on Gaustatoppen?
Celebrating May 17th in the mountains is perfect for those who want to get some fresh mountain air, and also get away from the gatherings in the city.
It is no coincidence that the National Day is celebrated at Gaustatoppen. Gaustatoppen is often considered one of Norway's most beautiful mountains, with an altitude of 1883 meters above sea level and a view over a sixth of Norway's land surface (!) The mountain is also one of Norway's most accessible, only 2.5 hours from Oslo. The cabel car Gaustabanen, which goes through the mountain, makes it accessible for nature lovers of all ages and skills to experience the mountains.
How is May 17th celebrated at Gaustatoppen?
May 17th celebrations at Gaustatoppen go way back. The national day is usually celebrated by ski touring and a joint "ski train" to Gaustatoppen, organized by DNT Telemark. The train starts at the car park at Stavsro at 1100 meters altitude and continues all the way to the top at 1883 meters altitude. Gaustabanen and Gaustatoppen Turisthytte are open during the day for drinks and food.
Meeting point: Langefonn Turisthytte at 11.00 (we go up together along the road to Svineroi Sæter).
Parking: The car park at Langefonn
Dress code: Bunad or hiking clothes
11.00 - We meet at Langefonn Tourist Hut
13.00 - National romantic quiz
14.00 - Speeches and singing
May 17th weekend in the mountains
Do you also want to celebrate May 17th in the mountains? Check out our May 17th-packages with accommodation in a cabin, apartment or hotel room at Gausta. By booking a package, you can be sure to get the best prices. From your accommodation, you have a 5-10 min short car or bus ride to Gaustatoppen.
If you do not want to celebrate the day by going ski touring in the mountains, you can enjoy a quiet day in the wellness area at Gaustablikk Fjellresort.