Toreskyrkja from Vatnedalen


Estimated net time 2½-3 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water Several sources of running water.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (June 2012).
Parking Room for a couple of cars at trail head, and more cars along the road.
Start height 933 metres
Vertical metres 490 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 6.4 km
GPS-file X (to point 1367m)


Route photo



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 then continue another 1.5 km. You will see a sign for "Toreskyrkja" on the right hand side of the road, and a small car park at trail head. Park here.

Start your hike by crossing the marsh between the lakes Kvitåvatnet and Vatnedalstjørni in a south/south-west direction, following the path marked by red "T"s. This path will take you south through a gully up to 1230 metres. From here the path turns a little right (south-west), and up to the saddle at 1320 metres. From here the path is marked by red "T"s south-east to the point 1367 metres, but you should instead turn right (west) up to the true summit of Toreskyrkja. To add to the confusion the point 1367 has a proper summit cairn and a summit registration book saying "Toreskyrkja 1392m".

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



29. June 2012

We were "all" gathering at Gaustablikk this Friday for a week-end of celebrating mum's 70th, and that included my youngest brother. I had asked him if he wanted a hike when he got to Gaustablikk, and we had agreed to kick off as soon as he got on-site.

The weather had improved a little since earlier in the day, but it was still thick fog down to 1250 metres. Hence we decided to have a go at one of the tops with a marked route to its summit. This left us with two candidates; Toreskyrkja and Ørnenipa, and we chose Toreskyrkja.

Following the path across the boggy section between lakes Kvitåvatnet and Vatnedalstjørni was easy enough, although it required some jumping and dancing to avoid the worst of bog. Further up things got straight forward, and we followed the well marked path up the gully to the saddle at 1230 metres. From here we were hiking in thick fog, and across a couple of patches of snow, to the saddle at 1330 metres. In hindsight I have found out that we should have turned right at this point in order to get to the highest point of Toreskyrkja, but since we only had a few tens of metres of visibility we stayed on the marked path, and were both very happy when we made it to the top and found the summit cairn and two summit registration books. I have no idea why people would regard this point, at 1367 metres, as the summit, and the only wild guess I can make is that this point is a more spectacular point given the steep drop down into lake Djupetjønn.

After having signed the registration books and taken a couple of photos we headed back down to Gaustablikk, and made it back just in time for dinner with the other guests in our party. When I downloaded my GPS tracks to my PC after dinner I was both puzzled and annoyed, and had to go through a number of discussions with myself before I decided to claim Toreskyrkja to be bagged.
Photos 29.06.2012