|Estimated net time||Less than one hour.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (June 2012).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at trail head.|
|Start height||943 metres|
|Vertical metres||200 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||2.2 km|
From the east end of Rjukan drive south on the road signed for "Tuddal". Drive uphill from road 37 approximately 7.5 km, and turn left towards Gaustablikk. Drive 3.6 km to Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell (Gaustablikk mountain hotel), and find parking around the hotel.
Start your hike by following the gravel road on the left side of the ski-lifts. At 1060 metres turn right (east), and proceed towards the summit area. You will see a trigonometric point out on your left, but the summit is located straight ahead (east/north-east). According to the maps the highest point is where there are several small tops, each with one or more small cairns.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
29. June 2012
I had arrived Norway the day before (Thursday), after two weeks of working in Asia. Since I was going to my mum's 70th at Gaustablikk for the week-end I drove to Telemark Thursday night, with the intention to hike some proper mountains during Friday. But it was raining and only tens of metres of visibility when I woke up in the rented cabin in Hjartdal Friday morning, so I decided to go to Gaustablikk, check in to the hotel, and instead work.
Around lunch time the weather had improved a little in terms of rain, so I decided to get some fresh air. I had previously found out that Skipsfjell would qualify as an independent mountain, and now it would serve its purpose as a quick lunch-time hike.
I followed one of the ski-centre service roads as far as it took me, and from
here made it towards the point I had marked on my GPS as the summit. When I got
up to the summit area it was not easy to tell where the very highest point was
located, but since all the candidates are within a few tens of metres from each
other I did a small summit round to make sure I did visit the highest point.
Apart from a few photos of the summit area there was nothing else worth seeing
so I soon made my way back down to the hotel, where I changed and did some more
work while waiting for the other birthday party guests.