17 K

16,6 km, 970 m up, 590 m down

With a total elevation of almost 1 000 metres, Vemork Vertical is the most challenging stage of Icebug Xperience Mountain Trail Weekend – but also the most beautiful one! This stage starts close to Vemork, the former hydroelectric power plant, which was destroyed by Norwegian saboteurs during World War II, to prevent the Germans from building an atomic bomb.

The first part of the stage follows narrow hiking trails in the surrounding forests, until you reach the small village Sestali after 7,5 km. Enjoy an energy break with pancakes made by local farmers before you head on for the biggest challenge of the day.

A 300 m climb awaits, and then you will do a traverse along the Gausta peak. The end of the stage is located at the foot of the mountain. From here you can choose between hiking to the Gausta peak or taking the train through a tunnel to the top (1 883 m), or take a shuttle bus back to the hotel.

Note: The fee for the train to the Gausta peak is not included. This is paid on site. Read more about the Gaustabanen train here.