19 April 2013 - Tourist stamps

Active Holidays is a good cue to the subjects of this year’s tourist stamps. The activities range from glacier climbing for experts and rafting for the brave to an easy climb up Gaustatoppen (Mount Gausta) for the ordinary tourist.

NK 1842
NK 1843
NK 1844
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NK 1846

You can reach the top of the mountain without too much effort. There is a cable railway inside the mountain that takes you from the foot of the mountain almost to the top. However, most people prefer to do it on foot. It’s a wonderful climb!

Gaustatoppen (1883 metres above sea level) towers above Rjukan in Telemark. From the top you have the best panoramic view in Norway. In ideal conditions, you can see an area of about 60,000 square kilometres, a sixth of the Norwegian mainland. There is a tourist chalet near the top which has about 30,000 visitors each year, but very few go to the very top because it is located on a sharp ridge some hundred metres further on and is difficult to reach. The first ascent of Gaustatoppen took place in 1810 as part of a scientific expedition. Geologist Jens Esmark and botanist Christen Smith wanted to find out if Gaustatoppen was the highest mountain in Norway. Very little was known then about Norway’s mountains, but having reached the top Esmark was able to establish that Gaustatoppen was not as high as Snøhetta. Today, we know that Gaustatoppen is number 315 on the list of Norway’s highest mountains. Yet it is visible in the far distance from many parts of southern Norway. This is due to its prominence (950 m), or height above the surrounding terrain measured by the so-called primary factor.

A pleasant walk up Gaustatoppen contrasts dramatically with being left to your own resources in white-water rapids churning between ominous cliffs and huge rocks. This is Rafting. It attracts people with an urge for excitement and is thus a great tourist magnet. The stamps show views of the Sjoa, which is one Norway’s best known and most popular rafting rivers – but certainly not without risk. Over the past twenty years, twelve people have drowned while rafting on the river. Glacier climbing has its risks too. This is an activity that is best left to specialists. The stamps show the Bøya Glacier, a tributary of the Jostedal Glacier.

NK 1842-1847
Date of issue: 19 April 2013
Value and subject:
A Domestic: Ice climbing on the Jostedal Glacier
A Domestic: Bøya Glacier, arm of the Jostedal Glacier
A Europe: Hiking at Mount Gaustatoppen
A Europe: Hiking at Mount Gaustatoppen
A Worldwide: Rafting on the Sjoa River
A Worldwide: Riverboarding on the Sjoa River
Design: Gina Rose
Photos: © Arve Tvedt (NK 1842), © Finn Loftesnes
(NK 1843), © Espen Bratlie (NK 1844-1847)
Method of printing: Offset
Printing house: Joh. Enschedé Security Print