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CONTENT Activities 6 Cycling tips from 3 locals 10 Telemark for children


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Welcome to our 2018 brochure. I hope the content will convince you to spend a few days in Telemark, or perhaps longer. The possibilities are endless, so if you’re having trouble deciding what to do, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll help you find the best options for your visit. I’m certain that Telemark has something for everyone, whatever the season. Whether you come with your family or your loved one, for adventure or to wind down and relax, there is plenty to choose from. This brochure will introduce you to everything Telemark has to offer. Visit our website for lots more information! Telemark is a county of contrasts. There is beautiful scenery, a wide range of activities, and events such as concerts and theatre. It takes only 3.5 hours to drive from Langesund or Kragerø in the south to Haukeli in the north. Along the way, you’ll come across many attractions and activities. On a winter’s day, you could start with breakfast and a morning swim at Hotel Skjærgården and finish by skiing at Rauland or Haukeli. On a summer’s day, you could test your climbing skills at the Skien Fritidspark leisure complex and finish with a pirate show and an overnight stay at Norsjø Ferieland theme park. Every bend in the road in Telemark offers something new. One unique attraction is the Telemark Canal. You can cycle or walk along it, or spend a whole day onboard one of the canal boats. You can stay overnight in a tent at Lunde Canalcamping, at the awardwinning Hotel Dalen or at one of the hotels along the coast. You can enjoy delicious food at canal-side cafés and restaurants or onboard MS Henrik Ibsen or MS Victoria. Your return ticket is valid for one week and lets you hop on and off the boat to explore all there is to do along the canal. The spectacular hike to the summit of Gaustatoppen (1883 meters above sea level) takes about two to three hours. Or you can use the historic cable car inside the mountain, which takes you all the way to the top. The view when you reach the summit is breathtaking – on a clear day you can see one-sixth of Norway. In wintertime, you can even ski down this fabulous mountain. There are slopes for all levels of expertise.

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A cultural historic journey

THE TELEMARK CANAL – the wonderful waterway

At the mythical Dalen Hotel, settled by the end of the Telemark canal, have prominent guests from many European royal houses enjoyed themselves for over 120 years.


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The hotel which was built in 1894, surrounded by dragons and spiers, of mystery and grandeur. The architecture is inspired by the Norwegian stave churches and Viking ornaments. A unique experience where historic wing beats meets with contemporary facilities and amenities. Dalen Hotel har sesong fra 20. april til 28. oktober.

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Top 5 activities • Mountain and forest hiking • Play golf • Go fishing • Inland and ocean kayaking • Cycling along the coastal route, the canal or in the mountains

Activities Hit a golf ball in magic scenery and pick your own blueberries. Telemark is the ideal place for combining nature with fun activities, either you put on hiking boots, step on the bicycle or enter the kayak for excursions on the coast, along the Telemark Canal or on the mountain lakes.



How about a kayak or fishing trip along the coast! Langesund is recommended for deep-sea fishing, while several mountain lakes are rich in trout. Wie wäre es mit einer Kajak - oder Angeltour entlang der Küste. Für Hochseefischen empfehlen wir Langesund. Die besten Forellen fängt man in einem der vielen Gebirgsflüssen.

Enjoy an invigorating nature adventure by bike on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. Take the Krossobanen cable car up, and you’re all set to follow the gravel road across the plateau to Kalhovd. Don’t forget your fishing rod and tent!

Nissedal, Fyresdal and Vrådal offer high-energy activities such as trail riding, hiking and climbing – a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts! August sees Nissedal host the Fri Flyt climbing festival for the second year in a row.

Erkunde die Hardanger Hochebene mit dem Rad. Die Seilbahn „Krossobahnen“ bringt dich von Rjukan direkt auf die Hochebene. Wir empfehlen Zelt und Angelrute mit zu nehmen.

Nissedal, Fyresdal und Vrådal bieten Aktivitäten wie Trail Riding, Angeln, Wandern und Klettern. In Nissedal wird bereits zum 2. Mal in Folge das Kletterfestival Fri Flyt organisiert. Dieses findet am letzten Wochenende im August statt.

There are excellent Golf opportunities in Telemark. Two recommendations are Kragerø Resort and in Vrådal. Enjoy golf in beautiful surroundings. Auch Golffreunde kommen in Telemark auf Ihre Kosten. Der Golfplatz im Kragerø Resort und in Vrådal sind besonders empfehlenswert.

Discover the forest! During late summer/autumn there is an abundance of mushrooms and cloudberries, while blueberries and cranberries can be found as early as mid-summer in the south. Begib dich auf Entdeckungstour im Wald. Hier gibt es zahlreiche Pilze und Beeren.

Activities in Telemark The past few years hiking offers in Telemark have been greatly developed. Telemark also offers one of the best bicycling areas in Norway. Try biking by the coast, along the Telemark Canal, on forests paths especially designed for bicycling, or downhill cycling in Vrådal. Ferries take you out to the islands outside Brevik and Kragerø. The island; «Jomfruland», is especially fascinating with its boulder stone beach on one side, and sandy beaches on the other side. Telemark also offers excellent fishing opportunities; wether it is from deep sea fishing, in the lakes or in the mountains.

Aktivitäten in Telemark In den letzten Jahren hat sich das Wanderangebot in Telemark weiterhin deutlich verbessert. Zusätzlich ist Telemark eines der besten Radwandergebiete Norwegens. Telemark ist ideal für Radtouren ob entlang der Küste, dem Telemarkkanal oder speziell angelegten Mountain bike Trecks. Nehmen Sie Ihr Rad mit auf eine der Fähren und hinaus auf eine der vielen Inseln vor der Küste. Telemark bietet auch ausgezeichnete Angelmöglichkeiten, ob Hochseefischen vor der Küste Langesunds oder angeln in einem der vielen Seen oder Gebirgsbächen.



Cycling tips from 3 locals

Telemark has fantastic cycling routes starting in various places for people of all ages and levels of fitness. In Telemark, we have lakes, mountains and beautiful landscapes that I absolutely love and that I’m very proud of. – Anita Valen, former professional cyclist

“It’s hard to pick just one thing from all that Telemark has to offer. Of course, the old Telemark Tour route is the dream of every road racer. At 250 km, it’s certainly long, but it has everything: from Skien via Drangedal and across Gautefallheia to Treungen. Flat terrain and beautiful scenery along the shores of Nisser lake to Vrådal. Plenty of climbs and hairpin bends from Vrådal via Kviteseid to Seljord. The excitement of looking for the sea serpent as you cycle across Garvik along Seljordsvatnet lake, before long flat expanses of the agricultural landscape take you to Bø. From there, across Lunde and along the Telemark Canal down to Ulefoss and the last leg back to Skien.”

Anita Valen’s top tips for cycling in Telemark: “My local favourites include Gjerpensdalen in Skien: its lush landscape of orchards in tranquil surroundings will suit most people. The route to Siljan between forests and terrain with mountain lakes and beautiful nature is for those looking for more of a challenge. My personal favourite starts from Skien, continuing via Valebø to Notodden, across Resjemheia, on down to Bø and along the Telemark Canal from Lunde, Ulefoss and Skien. This is perhaps one for the keenest and fittest!” after 15 km turn off towards Øyfjell. Follow the road down to Høydalsmo and from there to Brunkeberg and Vrådal – all the way to Skafså Church and down to Dalen. And now for the grand finale: from Dalen back up to Høydalsmo! The notorious ascent past Eidsborg Stave Church in Eidsbotn is a real challenge, on a par with a tough stage of the Giro d’Italia or the Tour de France. From Høydalsmo, it’s an easy ride back to Vinje. Definitely not a route for beginners, but a circuit I often used to push myself to the limit when I was training in fantastic Telemark.”

Cycling in Telemark, with its majestic and magnificent scenery, offers everything from easy to challenging terrain, fjords to steep mountains, and some great things to see along the way, such as stave churches and canal locks. You’ll find a story waiting around every corner, taking your cycling adventure to a new level! Three well-known cyclists share their tips and recommendations for cycling in Telemark. Dag Erik Pedersen’s top tips for cycling in Telemark: “My best bike trip is on asphalt and a really fun and challenging training circuit. Starting in Vinje, heads towards Rauland then

I’ve always loved cycling in Telemark. The chance to train in some of Europe’s most magnificent scenery is an inspiration in itself. But what’s unique here is that you can put together bike trips for both road and off-road bikes to suit everyone, whatever their level of fitness.

Petter Ellefsen’s top tips for cycling in Telemark: “There’s something for every cycling enthusiast here: bicycle touring, road cycling, trail riding and mountain biking. A network of old gravelled construction roads provides endless opportunities for those wanting to enjoy the nature and the tranquillity. A tent and a fishing rod have become standard equipment for trips! The many small villages mean it is easy to stop for a caffè latte, a meal or an overnight stay. Telemark is rich in variety and opportunities. “

As you probably know, Telemark has much to offer cyclists. You can follow National Cycle Route 1 along the coast or National Cycle Route 2 along the Telemark Canal or the gravel road across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. There are also fantastic trail-riding areas in Nissedal, Fyresdal and Lifjell. Check out our new cycling website for more tips – happy cycling!

Telemark is a paradise for bikepacking and really exciting in both the vertical and horizontal planes. From smooth rocks in the south, quiet roads and paths along the canal, to energetic climbs and descents in the mountains – it’s got it all. – Petter Ellefsen, local politician and enthusiastic cyclist

– Dag Erik Pedersen, former professional cyclist



Active summer holiday

The Silver mines and the Norwegian Mining Museum

Swimming and splashing in Bø Sommarland waterpark, and cycling or paddling by the Telemark Canal. Climbing and zip-lining in Høyt & Lavt activity park, and water-skiing or wakeboarding in Norsjø Cable park. Short distance from one activity to the next, easy to choose something new and exciting every day.

Welcome to Kongsberg! Join us 2,3 km into the mountain, 342 meters below the surface on an exciting roundtrip in the King’s mine. See our website for more information and tickets. At the museum in Kongsberg city center you can see the largest collection of native silver in the world.

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Timetable 2018 High season 23.06 - 12.08.2018 Tuesday, thursday, saturday and sunday NOK 190,- per person. 2 1/2 hours boat trip on the Nisser lake, with passing through and old lock on the way. Departure from Straand Quay. Wednesday and saturday NOK 150,- per person. Departure 15.00 (3 pm) all days.

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NISSER CRUISE; Vrådal-Treungen 13., 20. and 27. of July. Departure from Straand Quay 11.00 (11 am). For more information: Contact us: +47 35 06 90 00

Vrådal – A summeradventure • 9-hole golfcourse • Beach and playareas • Canoe, rowingboat and waterbike rental • Beachvolleyball courses • Restaurants - both outdoor and indoor • Artgalleries • Great hikingtrails, i.e. Venelifjell Vrådal is situated only 50 minutes from park! Bø Sommarland water Accommodation with high standard: Quality Straand Hotel


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Top 5 activities for kids • Scandinavias biggest waterpark • Swimming at the coast of Telemark • Wakeboarding at Norsjø Ferieland • Climbing at Skien Fritidspark • Visit farms with animals and fruit

Telemark for children Get adrenaline rush in a waterslide and fish a trout in a silent forrest lake. Choose between family parks, swimming on the coast or in the many lakes, visit farms or check in at a skateboard hotel.



Children love to swim and play in the water. In Telemark you have endless possibilities. You have shallow beaches for toddlers and you have deep water where you can dive. Also inland and in the hillsides you have natural sources and fresh water beaches like on the Telemark Canal, Nisser, Fyresvatn and Seljordsvatnet. Kinder lieben es zu baden. Telemarks Küste bietet viele Möglichkeiten von flachen Stränden bis hin zu tiefen Fjorden. Auch im Landesinneren gibt es fantastische Strände beispielsweise entlang des Telemarkkanals, oder Seen wie der Nisser, Fyresvatn oder Seljordvatn.

The children love to play in the shore; fish crabs on a string, wade along the beach or jump from the quayside. Brevik, Langesund and Kragerø offer captivating summer experiences. Kinder lieben es im Strand zu spielen, Krabben zu fangen, durchs seichte Wasser zu waten oder von Stegen ins Wasser zu springen. Brevik, Langesund und Kragerø bieten hierfür die besten Voraussetzungen.

Give Norsjø Cable Park a try – one of the world’s best cableways for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing! Up to 6 people can be pulled around the course at a time, with the option to include rails and jumps. If you fall off, simply swim to shore and try again! Probier Wakeboarden im Norsjø Ferieland. Die Anlage wurde zur 3. besten Wakeboardanlage der Welt gekürt.

Why children love Telemark Bø Sommarland in Bø offers Scandinavia’s largest waterpark. Norsjø Ferieland at Akkerhaugen has one of the best wakeboard cable parks in the world and in Rauland you will find the only skateboard hotel in the world. Along the coast there are plenty of idyllic beaches. Skien Fritidspark offers, frisbee golf, tennis, swimming, and a climbing park. Straand Sommerland in Vrådal offers cruises with veteran tug boat «MS Fram» on lake Nisser, and the Nissedal Jettegrytene (potholes) offers swimming in fascinating slides and pools carved out by the water. Many farms offer farm house holidays and day visits.

Hamaren Activity Park in picturesque Fyresdal opened in 2017. Bring the family to enjoy this beautiful nature trail alongside Fyresvatn lake. There is also a 1 km cycle path for children with 12 challenges set up along the way.

Darum lieben Kinder Telemark Das Bø Sommarland in Bø ist einer der größten Wasserspassparks in Skandinavien. Entlang der Küste befinden sich viele schöne Badestrände. Der Freizeitpark in Skien dagegen bietet Frisbeegolf, Tennis, eine Schwimmhalle, und einen Kletterpark. Ein weiterer Kletterpark befindet sich in Bø. Das Straand Sommerland in Vrådal bietet Fahrten auf dem Nisser- See mit dem alten Veteranenboot «Fram» . Während die Jettgrytene in Nissedal, eine Art natürlicher Wasserbecken, zum Baden einladen. 16

Im malerischen Fyresdal wurde letztes Jahr der Hamaren Aktivitätspark eröffnet. Hier gibt es einen wunderschönen Naturpfad, einen 1 km langen Radweg für Kinder mit 12 verschiedenen Hindernissen sowie einen Fahrradverleih.


Telemark is great for climbing. There are two climbing parks, one at the Skien Fritidspark leisure complex and one in Bø. Both offer several routes for different skills levels, as well as camper van parking, apartments/cabins and a swimming pool. In Telemark gibt es zwei Kletterparks, einen im Freizeitpark in Skien und einen in Bø. Beide bieten verschiedene Trails mit unterschiedlichen Schwierigkeitsgraden.

Vest-Telemark Museum offers exciting activities for children. At Eidsborg, you can take part in archery, building with logs, rune carving and archaeological digs every day from 15 June to 15 August. Kids can also manoeuvre small boats through locks on a 105 m-long model of the Telemark Canal. Das West-Telemark Museum bietet spannende Aktivitäten für Kinder. In Eidsborg kann man vom 15. Juni bis zum 15. August jeden Tag an Bogenschießen, Rafting und archäologischen Ausgrabungen teilnehmen. Kinder können auch kleine Boote auf dem 105 Meter langen Modell des Telemarkkanals schleusen.

Visit Bø Sommarland. Scandinavias largest waterpark with swimmingpools and waterslides which guarantee fun and entertainment for all members of the family. Besuche Bø Sommarland Skandinaviens größten Wasser-Spaß Park mitSchwimmbecken und einer Vielzahl an Wasserrutschen. Garantierter Spaß für Groß und Klein.

At Porsgrunn’s DuVerden Science Centre, both you and your children can experience technology, the natural sciences and navigation in a whole new way: test your reactions, steer a ship, try out the weather station and see 3D films from space, the seabed and more. Im Museum „DuVerden“ in Porsgrunn können du und deine Kinder Technologie, Wissenschaft und Schifffahrt auf ganz neue Art erleben: Teste deine Reaktionsfähigkeit, steuere ein Schiff, probiere die Wetterstation und besuche das 3D-Kino.

The kids love swimming, and Telemark offers lots of variety. In Langesund, we recommend both the sea and the indoor pool at Quality Hotel Skjærgården. Nisser lake with its fantastic beaches is great too. And don’t miss Bø Sommarland water park, before rounding off with an evening swim in the pool at Bø Hotell. – Family of five from Sandnes



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Norway’s most complete sports arena is located in Skien, with a wealth of experiences, such as the climbing park, the bath, curling, ice rink, frisbee golf, bowls, spa and wellness.


Porsgrunds Porcelain Factory (7 ) Coastal towns (6)

Unique industrial history where beautiful china objects are still created, both articles for use and art objects. Visit the Porcelain Museum and design your own PP-Cup, see the production and make a scoop in the factory outlet.


Skjærgården hotel in Langesund invites you to swim in 28 degrees outdoors as well as inside in the large water park. You can also jump into the ocean from the new bathing pier or relax in one of the saunas or Jacuzzis.

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Join the ferries from Brevik, Stathelle, Langesund or Helgeroa out to the nine islands in the Langesund fjord. Great beaches, rocks and hiking trails are now free for all. You can stay on the campsite, in the lighthouse residence or camp in the open grounds. 20

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Henrik Ibsen Museum

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Brekkeparken and Søndre Brekke Farm ( 8 )

Walk along the Telemark coast on more than 60 km prepared path. Bridges, stairs, and ropes lead you along the coast with rocks, beaches, crags, viewpoints and two coastal forts from the Second World War. The trail is well marked. Play your way through the exhibition that involves small and large in creative play and learning. DuVerden was elected by the BBC as one of the finest architectural new constructions among the museums of the world.

Visit the coast gems Brevik and Langesund. A walk among the wooden buildings is a great experience through narrow alleys and streets with historic character. Tip! Step into one of the small shops or icecream bars along the way.



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Go 200 years back in time to Henrik’s childhood and experience how the family lived. Dress up in period clothing or have a game of ninepins in the garden.

The old farm lodges from Telemark are open for you to experience how life was in the era 1300 to1800. Join the tour of the upper class home Søndre Brekke farm with luxurious surroundings from the 1800s.

Gea Norvegica Unesco Geopark (3 ) Grenland is a part of Gea Norvegica UNESCO Global Geopark. Here you can find rocks from different eras in the Geological history of Norway, where the oldest rocks are approximately 1.5 billion years old. The area have several localities where each one tells a fascinating story. Examples of such localities are Steinvika in Langesund and Kapitelberget in Skien, both showing traces from a time when Norway was covered by a shallow tropical sea, south of the equator. More info: + 47 35 90 00 20 Mail:

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Top 5 experiences in nature • Island hopping • Visit the Fruit District • The Telemark Canal • Visit mount Gausta • Take the cable car “Krossobanen” to Hardangervidda

Accessible Nature Jump onto a ferry to visit a beautiful island and follow the stone paths to a mountain top. Telemark offers a beautiful achipelago with hundreds of islands and skerries. The mountains offer peace and quiet in magnificent surroundings. The varied nature of Telemark is nearby wherever you go.



Telemark’s archipelago is particularly stunning in summer, and Kragerø is perhaps Norway’s most popular summer destination. Enjoy some island hopping by ferry, either on foot or on a bike. The island of Jomfruland was made a national park in 2017 and is famous for its pebble beach, carpets of wood anemones, bird life and Teodor Kittilsen’s painting The Water Spirit.

A stroll through the orchards in Mid-Telemark is a nice experience. Taste the local apple juice, vine and beer at a microbrewery. Buy home made pastries and visit one of the small art galleries in the area. Nimm dir Zeit für einen Spaziergang durch die ausgedehnten Obstplantagen im Herzen Telemarks. Probiere lokal produzierten Apfelmost, Wein und Bier oder frisches Backwerk in einem der vielen Hofläden. Besuche eine der zahlreichen kleinen Galerien.

Die Küste Telemarks ist im Sommer besonders schön und Kragerø vielleicht eine von Norwegens beliebtesten Sommerstädtchen. Die vielen kleineren und größeren Inseln können zu Fuß oder mit dem Fahrrad erlebt werden. Die für ihre Kieselstrände berühmte Inseln Jomfruland ist im letzten Jahr zum Nationalpark erklärt wurden.

Gaustabanen – the railway inside the mountain – enables everyone to reach the summit of Gaustatoppen all year round. From the top, you can see one-sixth of Norway – treat yourself to a waffle while you’re there! Skiing down from Telemark’s biggest mountain will live long in the memory.

Dalen offers many great walks. Admire the view from Rui on the hike from Dalen to Eidsborg. And don’t miss Telemark’s coolest hike – Lårdalsstigen – from Dalen to Lårdal, boasting fantastic views of the fjord landscape. Travel back by canal boat. In Dalen kannst du einen von Telemarks schönsten und anspruchsvollsten Wanderpfaden begehen den „Lårdalstigen“ welcher von Dalen nach Lårdal führt.

Mit der Gaustabahn, welche im Inneren des Berges Gaustatoppen fährt, ist der Gipfel für jederman erreichbar. Von hier aus kannst du bei klarer Sicht 1/6 von Norwegen überblicken.

A bike ride along the Telemark canal offers fine experiences. Bring your own bike or hire one. The canal boats transport bicycles and canoes/kayaks on reservation. Eine Radtour entlang des Telemarkkanals bietet einmalige Naturerlebnisse. Verbinde diese gerne mit einer Fahrt auf einem der historischen Kanalschiffe.

From coast to mountain plateau Enjoy the charming coastal towns of Brevik, Langesund and Kragerø where ferries take you to the many islands in the archipelago. For hikers the Coastal path from Stathelle to Kragerø can be recommended. On the Telemark Canal three canal boasts take you on a historic cruise from Skien to Dalen, a 105 km long journey passing through lush farmlands, narrow canal, large lakes and steep mountains. Hardangervidda is Northern Europe´s largest mountain plateau. The area is rich in fishing, animal life and flora. At the Hardangervidda National Park Center visitors can study the nature and wild life up close. The highest mountain in Telemark is Mount Gausta 1.883 m, and from the top you can see one sixth of Norway on a clear day. In Rjukan and Rauland stone paths lead up to nice viewpoints that are accessible for the whole family. In mid-Telemark you can take walks in the large orchards and enjoy local food, apple cider and also visit art galleries.

Von der Küste bis zum Gebirgsplateau Die Küste Telemarks lädt zu Bootsfahrten, «Inselspringen», und gemütlichen Tagen am oder auf dem Wasser ein. Besuche die charmanten Küstenstädtchen Brevik, Langesund und Kragerø. Fähren bringen dich zu den vielen kleineren und größeren Inseln direkt vor der Küste. Für Wanderfreunde ist der Küstenpfad von Stathelle nach Kragerø zu empfehlen. Auf dem Telemarkkanal nehmen dich die 3 Kanalschiffe mit auf eine historische Fahrt von Skien nach Dalen. Das Hardanger Gebirgsplateau ist das größte Nord-Europas. Das Gebiet ist reich an Flora und Fauna. Im Besucherzentrum Hardangervidda Høyfjelssenter bekommen die Besucher einen Einblick in die Natur und Tierwelt der Hochebene. Der höchste Berg in Telemark ist der Gaustatoppen mit 1883 m. Vom Gipfel aus kann man bei klarer Sicht bis zu 1/6 ganz Norwegens sehen. In Rjukan und Rauland führen Steinpfade hinauf zu schönen Aussichtsplätzen. Im Herzen Telemarks kannst du durch ausgedehnte Obstplantagen spazieren, lokale Lebensmittel probieren oder die vielen kleinen Galerien besuchen. 24


Hiking in total tranquillity ‒ Summer like winter

you’ll be asleep almost before your head hits the pillow. After the world’s best breakfast, board M/B “Fjellvåken II” to Skinnarbu for a boat trip through a unique and beautiful cultural landscape. You’ve already started planning your next trip!

First, you glimpse it on the horizon. Then, as you leave the gravel road behind and start to stride out across the mountain plateau, you hear it: the sound of total tranquillity. But before any of that, start with lunch at the Norwegian Trekking Association’s (DNT) cabin at Kalhovd, in the company of other shiny, expectant faces from Norway and abroad. Through the window, you’ll see a brisk wind blowing across the water of Lake Kalhovd, and then two cyclists come trundling down the final kilometres of the 30 km cycle track from the upper station of the Krossobanen cable car at Rjukan. You hoist your rucksack onto your back, adjust the straps and set out with a few friendly words of advice from the cabin staff.

own kids. Even though they’re around the 30-mark now, they still say, ‘Can’t we go skiing again soon – it’s been years since we went!’. In other words, they still want to join in, so I’d say the trips have been priceless,” Dag Otto emphasises.

How Dag Otto taught his children to master Hardangervidda

Text and photo: Bjørn Harry Schønhaug, Mikel Gonsholt and DNT Telemark

Dag Otto Lauritzen relates with enthusiasm the story of the first time he took his daughter, Line, skiing on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, before Easter one year. His children Stian and Line have been skiing with Dad since they were 12-13 years old.

Birdsong When you get to Stegaros, you leave the gravel road behind. Ahead of you are good paths and fresh water in the streams. Perhaps your rucksack is already feeling on the heavy side, but you soon forget that as you follow the red Ts across the terrain. It isn’t long before you hear it. The silence. The sound of silence is the running stream, the blowing wind and the birds singing in the heather. As soon as you reach the Butjønnåi river, you pull off your rucksack and lie down in the heather with a cup of cold, refreshing mountain water. Before continuing, you fill your water bottle and check your route on the map. After a few hours of walking in total tranquillity with unforgettable views, you pitch your tent.

destination is Mogen tourist cabin at the head of Møsvatn lake. As you approach the descent to the lake, you’ll be aware of the weight of your rucksack cutting into your shoulders. But then you get nearer and find new reserves of strength, particularly when you come upon the fabulous view towards Møsvatn, Mogen, Argehovd farm – where it’s hard to believe anyone could live – and the mighty Kvenna river rushing down from the plateau towards the lake. You simply have to sit down and take in the view before starting to make your way downhill through the forest to the red-painted cabin.

The mighty Kvenna You wake in the middle of the night and stick your head out of the tent. The moon is reflected in Vråsjåen lake, and the water looks like sheet metal. Contentedly, you close the tent again and go back to sleep. After breakfast, you cross the bridge over the Sletteåi river and continue past an old stone shelter – used among others by Norway’s famous World War Two heavywater saboteurs in the phase before the Vemork operation – and upwards into the scrub heading for new adventures. Your next 26

The joys of an open fire Walking into one of DNT’s cabins is a real joy, perhaps particularly so at Mogen. A few seasons ago, Mogen was voted Norway’s best cabin for food. The host is reluctant to reveal what’s for dinner, except that it will be three courses based around locally sourced ingredients. Once you’ve enjoyed your fish soup, leg of lamb and apple dessert – yes, you heard correctly! – you’ll be ready to sink into one of the fireside chairs in the lounge. And when you snuggle down under the duvet in room 212,

A love for the great outdoors Dag Otto Lauritzen is famous for his achievements as a worldclass cyclist, topped off by becoming Norway’s first stage winner at the Tour de France in 1987 and winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. What is perhaps less well known is that he also has a love for the great outdoors. “Looking back, I was immersed in nature from a young age, and I’m grateful to my parents for sharing that passion with us. It’s something I’ve tried to pass on to my children. Not just the experience of being in the open air but learning to push yourself a little. It’s important for children to learn what it’s like to be a little out of their comfort zone. And to realise that they can master it. This is exactly what my talks are about too – the sense of mastery,” Dag Otto Lauritzen explains. The children had the chance to sample this sense of mastery time and again while out on the Hardangervidda. Dag Otto assures us there were long days of skiing, when children and adults alike dragged themselves into the tourist cabins on tired legs at the end of the day. There was some complaining, admittedly, but, after a good dinner, the children were usually in good spirits once more. And the result? “They’ve come to love nature. I hope they’ll pass that on to their 27

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Mount Gausta

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5 the church that stood at the heart of the bustling town square. When he was two years old, the family moved up the street to the elegant Altenburggården, the childhood home of Henrik’s mother Marichen. Although the journey was not a long one, it was the very first of many in Ibsen’s life.



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Heddal Stave Church

2 The Telemark Canal

Henrik Ibsen

Experience Ibsen Skien burnt to the ground in 1886, and the buildings and streets we see today are not as they were when Henrik Ibsen lived here. Nevertheless, he is remembered in many ways in the town. You can join an Ibsen walk, see a play, enjoy delicious cakes that would have been familiar to the Ibsens, or visit Skien library’s dedicated Ibsen collection. And don’t forget to download the Henrik Ibsen app. Follow the guided walks to explore Ibsen’s childhood and the memories of him that are all around us.


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Norwegian skiing museum

Blues museum

A week of celebrations Henrik was born on 20 March, and the week around his birthday is marked with special events all over Skien. The Henrik Ibsen Museum opens for the season a month later. The museum is at Venstøp farm, where little Henrik moved with his family when he was seven years old. The journey to Venstøp from Skien is just 5 kilometres, but that was probably a long journey in 1835.

The questions and myths are endless. A visit to Skien – the town of the playwright’s childhood – may not provide all the answers but perhaps a few of the pieces that make up the puzzle of Henrik Ibsen. How could a boy from Skien become one of the world’s greatest playwrights? Was it his Skien childhood that inspired him? Was it the song of the town’s sawmills and waterfalls, or the sound of hammer blows from the ironworks? Was it his time as an apprentice in Grimstad, or Rome’s magnificent Pantheon?




Ibsen’s journeys “I feel the uneasiness of travel in my blood,” Ibsen once wrote. This summer’s exhibition at the Henrik Ibsen Museum explores the theme “Henrik Ibsen’s journeys”, using artefacts and stories of the playwright’s life. You can also get to know a selection of his best-known plays, and you are of course welcome to visit his childhood home itself and the colourful exhibition Peer Gynt. Every blessed word is true. The Henrik Ibsen Museum has something for visitors of all ages. As well as the museum’s exhibitions, there is a bowling alley, dressing-up room, café and museum shop.

Born into prosperity While exotic spices, beautiful fabrics and spirits were being sold in his father’s lucrative business on the ground floor of Stockmannsgården, a boy was born in the apartment above. It was 1828, and the boy was christened at home and given the names Henrik Johan Ibsen. It was early spring, 20 March, and from the windows of the apartment the family could see straight across to 32

Porsgrunds porcelain factory

Dalen Hotel

Fruit district

Round trip 7 days in Telemark and South – Highlights 1

Visit Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrik with a porcelain factory outlet and a new interactive museum on the premises.


Enjoy the surroundings and experience the atmosphere in Henrik Ibsen´s childhood home on Venstøp in Skien.


Stop by the Ulefoss lock and take a ride on the Telemark Canal, discover Ulefos Manor on the hight above.


Visit the fruit district surrounding Gvarv and taste local food, apple juice, beer and wine.


Let the children revel in Scandinavia´s largest water park, or the new climbing park in Bø.


Outside of Notodden lies Heddal Stave Church – Norways largest and best preserved stave church.


Experience the UNESCO World Heritage at Lysbuen/ Telemarksgalleriet in Notodden, and Vemork Museum at Rjukan.


Do a safari in the silver mine in Kongsberg at Norwegian Mining Museum.


Visit Mount Gausta with an astonishing view of 1/6th of Norway, either by foot or with The Gausta Line.

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10 Go with the cable car Krossobanen up to the start ofHardangervidda, and enjoy the view from the restaurant at the top, or walk/bike on the plateau. For hiking tips see 11


Experience The West Telemark Museum, with its popular model of The Telemark Canal and the Eidsborg Stave Church


12 Enjoy a boattrip in Vrådal on Nisser with the veteran boat “MS Fram”. 13 Experience The Telemark Route from Seljord to Kristiansand with

surprises such as Kviteseid town, Fjoneferga, Z-museum, NaurakTunet and the Potholes in Nissedal. Read more on

14 Walk in Edvard Munch’s footsteps in the summer city Kragerø.









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15 Visit DuVerden Maritime Museum and Science Centre in Porsgrunn.

A big hit with the kids!


16 Try the climbing park in Skien Fritidspark. Choose between 7 different






Enjoy a lovely trip on The Telemark Canal, with a range of fascinating history- and nature experiences. Facilitated for caravans, and with great opportunities for biking- and hiking trips.


18 Try one of Europe’s best wakeboard arenas in Norsjø Ferieland. 19 The Sea Serpent Tower – look for Selma in Seljordsvannet from this

exciting architectural building.

20 In Morgedal we recommend a stop at the Norwegian Ski Museum.




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21 Visit the mountain lodge in Haukelifjell and bring the children along

on “Vasseventyret” – an interactive discovery trail. There are also several hiking trails on Hardangervidda, see for suggestions.

Areas special tailored for bicycling

22 Drive towards the west side of Norway and see some of the fjords,

Bergen, Haugesund, Stavanger, and The Pulpit Rock.

23 Enjoy the nature along Skuleskarvegen and stop by Åmedalsverk mines.

A walk inside the copper mines is recommended.


24 Visit Grimdalstunet near Dalen, where you can enjoy the work of

26 Hike the 5 km to Himmelriket on Gautefallheia in Drangedal – nature’s

amphitheatre. The area also offers an amazing on-and off track trail for bikes.

27 Stay in Langesund for a day and walk along the coast trail, enjoy

cafés, a concert at Wrightegaarden, or swim in the ocean or an indoor waterpark.

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25 Stop in Fyresdal centre and visit the local museum on traditional



sculptor Anne Grimdal and several others. A cake- and coffee break at the historic Dalen Hotel is recommended.

Operated cabin Selv-service cabin Unattended cabin

Paths special suited for hiking Great fishing areas. The local tourist office has information on where to fish The Telemark Route

Langesund – Porsgrunn – Ulefoss – Notodden – Tuddal (kun sommer) – Rjukan – Rauland – Dalen – Vrådal – Nissedal – Åmli – Kristiansand – Kragerø – Langesund Langesund – Skien – Lunde – Bø – Seljord – Morgedal – Haukeli – Hardanger – Bergen – Haugesund – Stavanger – Suleskar – Dalen – Fyresdal – Drangedal – Langesund

Tourist information Distances/km Larvik - Skien Sandefjord Lufthavn Torp - Skien Langesund - Skien Oslo - Skien Kristiansand - Skien Telemark - Fjordene Skien - Bø Bø - Rauland Rauland - Rjukan Rjukan - Skien

38 km 54 km 28 km 134 km 186 km 100 km 53 km 90 km 47 km 133 km

For more information about how to get to Telemark and around have a look at

Is the mountain your dream? Welcome to Gaustatoppen. We can offer you the most spectacular view from Gaustatoppen, raging 1883 meters above sea level, in Norway.

Grenland and the Telemark coast Skien Tourist Information Skien Servicesenter, Henrik Ibsensgt. 2 Tel +47 35 90 55 20 Drangedal Kommune Kåsmyra, 3750 Drangedal Tel +47 35 99 81 25

Lunde Tourist Office v/Telemark Kanalcamping Slusevegen 21, 3825 Lunde Tel +47 915 75 421 Bø Tourist Office at Akademika Bokhandel Bøgata 52, 3800 Bø Tel +47 41 45 22 29 www.visitbø.no


Møtestad Seljord Turist information at Seljord Hotel & Vest-Telemark Libris, Telesenteret. Brøløsvegen 57, 3840 Seljord Tel +47 35 05 04 00 Rauland Tourist Office 3864 Rauland Tel +47 35 06 26 30

Use your days in a natural and calm environment either with your family, friends or business relations. Create good memories and visit the great attractions while you do the activities lined up in our four seasons.

Vrådal Tourist Information Vråliosvegen 62, 3853 Vrådal Tel +47 48 15 91 37

Kragerø Tourist Office Rådhusgata 5, 3770 Kragerø Tel +47 35 98 62 00

Dalen Tourist Office Hotellvegen 5, 3880 Dalen Tel +47 35 07 56 56

Grenland Tourist Office Uniongata 18, 3732 Skien Tel +47 35 90 55 20

Fyresdal Tourist Information Sporten Fyresdal, 3870 Fyresdal Tel +47 35 04 14 55

Bø and Midt-Telemark

Kviteseid Tourist Information Kviteseidbyen, 3850 Kviteseid Tel +47 95 45 15 46

Rjukan Tourist Office Torget 2, 3660 Rjukan Tel +47 35 08 05 50

Nissedal Tourist Information Treungvegen 391, 3855 Treungen Tel +47 35 04 51 11 facebook/Treungen Sport & Fritid

Hjartdal Kommune Service Office Tel +47 35 02 80 00

Morgedal/Norsk Skieventyr 3848 Morgedal Tel +47 35 06 90 80

Notodden Tourist Information Servicetorget, Teatergt. 3 3674 Notodden Tel +47 35 01 50 00

Ulefoss Tourist Office Øvre Verket and Lannavegen 5 3830 Ulefoss Tel +47 907 09 442

Visit Telemark Kunnskapsverkstedet Uniongata 18 3732 Skien Tel +47 35 90 00 20

Åmot Tourist Information Tenestetorget, Vinje kommune, 3890 Vinje Tel +47 35 06 23 00

Eastern-Telemark The ski center has over the past years evolved to a modern area and offer sloaps for all kind of levels. 13 lifts, 35 sloaps, 3 areas for children. 2 terrain parks.

Create good memories. Stay at one of our cottages at the foot of the mountain. Perfect starting point for both skiing and hiking.

The ski resort at Gaustatoppen has evolved into a modern ski resort with offers for the whole family.

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Top 5 historical experiences • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites Notodden and Rjukan • Enjoy a historical boat cruise on the Telemark Canal • Visit the Porcelain museum in Porsgrunn • Explore the silver mines at Norsk Bergverksmuseum • Visit the stave churches in Heddal and Eidsborg

History Enjoy a historical canal cruise and jump onto a cable care in the world heritage site. Go back in time; explore the history of Telemark through the large and small museums around the county, showing the development from the Stone Age until today.



At the Norwegian Ski Museum in Morgedal you can learn about how Sondre Norheim revolutionized skiing. You can also visit the hut of Sondre Norheim, where the Olympic flame has been lit twice already. Im Norwegischen Skimuseum in Morgedal erlebst du, wie Sondre Norheim das Skifahren revolutionierte. Du kannst auch die Hütte Sondre Norheims besuchen, wo bereits zweimal das Olympische Feuer angezündet wurde.

There is a lot to do at The Norwegian Mining Museum in Kongsberg. Jump on the train that takes you on an exciting safari, or let the children go treasure hunting by rinsing for silver. Es gibt viel zu entdecken im Bergwerksmuseum in Kongsberg. Der Zug nimmt dich mit auf eine spannende Grubensafari. Im Anschluss kannst du dein eigenes Silber waschen.

In Porsgrund Porcelain Factory you find an interactive porcelain museum and a production room where you can see how the famous straw pattern is painted on the porcelain. The factory also has an exhibition and factory outlet.

Heddal Stave church was built in the 12th century, and is an excellent example of medieval architecture. This is the largest and one of the most beautiful of the 28 stave churches in Norway today.

In der Porzellanmanufaktur von Porsgrund gibt es ein interaktives Porzellanmuseum sowie einen Produktionsraum, wo du sehen kannst, wie das berühmte Strohmuster auf das Porzellan gemalt wird. Die Fabrik hat zudem eine Ausstellung und Fabrikverkauf.

Die Heddal Stabkirche wurde im 12. Jahrhundert erbaut, und ist ein hervorragendes Beispiel mittelalterlicher Baukunst.

The Telemark Canal still fascinates tourists from all over the world. This historic waterway was completed in 1892 and called ”the eighth wonder of the world” The canal connects the coast of Telemark with the mountains in the north by 8 locks and 18 lock chambers. Der Telemarkkanal ist ein lebendes Kulturdenkmal der Touristen aus dem In- und Ausland fasziniert. Nach seiner Fertigstellung im Jahre 1892 wurde er in Europa als das „8. Weltwunder“ bezeichnet. Er verbindet auf einer Länge von 105 km und mit Hilfe von 8 Schleusenanlagen die Küste mit dem Inland.

Exiting history Rjukan and Notodden gave birth to Norsk Hydro, one of the cornerstones of Norwegian industry. The two city’s industrial history is now included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Follow the dramatic heavy water sabotage actions at Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum at Vemork in Rjukan. We also recommend a visit to the impressive silver mines in Kongsberg. In Eidsborg and Heddal you have the opportunity to visit two of the remaining stave churches. Dalen Hotel is one of the largest wooden buildings in Scandinavia, built in Romantic style, with dragon heads and spires. Ulefos Manor at Ulefoss, shows the life of the rich landowners. Telemark Museum in Skien shows farm buildings from all over Telemark, as well as the mansion Søndre Brekke and the surrounding bar park with thousands of flowers.

Spannende Geschichte Rjukan und Notodden sind die Geburtsstätten von Norsk Hydro, einem der Eckpfeiler der Norwegischen Industrie. Die Industriegeschichte beider Städte wird nun in der Liste des UNESCO Kulturerbe geführt. Erfahre mehr über die dramatische «Schwere Wasser Sabotage» im Norwegischen Industriearbeiter Museum Vemork in Rjukan. Wir empfehlen auch einen Besuch der Silberminen in Kongsberg. In Eidsborg und Heddal kannst du die beiden noch vorhandenen Stabkirchen besichtigen. Das Dalen Hotel ist eines der größten Holzgebäude Skandinaviens. Ulefos Hovedgaard zeigt das Leben der wohlhabenden Grundbesitzer des 19. Jahrhunderts. Und das Telemark Museum in Skien umfasst neben dem Herrenhaus Søndre Brekke, ein Freilichtmuseum und einen Park mit einer Vielzahl verschiedener Blumen. 40


Worth a visit. Ulefos Hovedgård is an important imperial building. It was the .summer residence of Niels Aall, minister of trade. It is open for visitors and has guided tours every hour from June and until end of August. Walking distance to the locks at Ulefoss. Das Anwesen “Ulefos Hovedgaard“ ist einen Besuch wert. Es war der Sommersitz des Ministers Niels Aall. Führungen gibt es stündlich während der Öffnungszeiten von Juni bis Ende August. Das Anwesen liegt oberhalb der Schleusen in Ulefoss und ist von dort aus zu Fuß zu erreichen.

One historical experience is a tour with MF Storegut on Tinnsjøen. This veteran boat was made to transport rail carriages with mineral fertilizer. Begib dich auf eine historische Reise an Bord der MF Storegut über den „Tinnsjø“ See. Das Veteranboot wurde seinerzeit für den Transport von Eisenbahnzügen mit Kunstdünger genutzt.

Walk in the footsteps of the heroes from Telemark: visit Rjukan and follow the saboteur route to Vemork. Get an insight into the Railway transportation from Rjukan to the rest of the world at the Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork. Wandere in den Fußspuren der Helden von Telemark: Besuche Rjukan und folge der Saboteur Route bis nach Vemork. Gewinne auch einen Einblick in die Geschichte des Bahntransports von Rjukan aus in den Rest der Welt, ausgestellt im Industriearbeiter Museum in Vemork.

The industrial history of Notodden and Rjukan is now listed on the UNESCO´s World Heritage List. At the old Tinfos Power Station you will find The Telemark Gallery and Lysbuen Museum. Learn how the founder of Norsk Hydro, Sam Eide, improved the world´s food production. An der alten Tinfos Kraftstation befindet sich die Telemark Galerie und das Lysbuen Museum. Hier erfährst du mehr über das Leben und die Arbeit des Norsk Hydro Gründers Sam Eide und wie er dazu beitrug die Lebensmittelproduktion zu steigern.

The museum at Vemork was an absolute must on our trip to Norway. I remember coming here as a child with my grandmother. Experiencing the story of heavy water and the sabotage campaign in this fantastic building and landscape is just as impressive now. – Couple from Sweden



Sandviken Camping

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Foto: Hans-Dieter Fleger / NIA

-take a breake from the daily routine

Heddal Stave church

Open year-round • Child-friendly

Experience Norway’s largest and most beautiful stave church!

A world heritage journey

Hiking trails • Playground Boat rental • Perfect base for Mount Gausta & UNESCO-town Rjukan

Opening hours: 10 May- 20 September / daily 10.00-17.00

Austbygdevegen 111 N-3650 Tinn Austbygd

Closed 10/13/17 of May

tel: + 47 922 04 435

Tel: +47 95 23 88 17 email:

Foto: Gray Payton / NIA

-intimate hotel in the heart of Telemark Brattrein Hotell has been Norsk Hydro’s meeting- and conference-center from 1957 until today. This places us in the middle of the industrial storytelling that put Notodden on the UNESCO World Heritage List by 2015.

Foto: Bjørn-Owe Holmber / NIA

Foto: NIA

Brattrein Hotell has a beautiful view of the mountains, the lake Norsjø and the world heritage. The hotel is surrounded by its own park that provides for activities of different kinds. The kitchen is famous for its good homemade food, with emphasis on high quality ingredients. Here you can enjoy life in the restaurant, garden lounge or the bar that has Notodden’s finest outdoor terrace. Follow us!



Brattreinsgate 9 Tel: +47 35 01 23 00 3683 Notodden

Top 5 cultural experiences • Walk the trails of Munch in Kragerø • Learn about the history of Ibsen in Skien • Taste local products at Dyrskun and Mersmak • Visit Notodden Blues Festival • Bring home some of the beautiful handcrafts from Telemark

Culture & tradition Taste local food and be entertained by world famous Ibsen plays. Telemark offers a rich cultural life, from Hardangerfiddle competitions to rock festivals and the famous Notodden Blues Festival.



The museums in Telemark show fine examples of the strong rose painting tradition. In Heddal Bygdetun and Telemark Museum you can see entire rooms decorated with rose painting. In vielen Dorfmuseen kann man schöne Beispiele der berütmten Rosenmalerei bewundern. Im Heddal Freilichtmuseum und Telemark Museum gibt es Gebäude mit Rosenmalerei an Decke und Wänden.

In summer you will find a variety of events around Telemark. The Pirate Show at Norsjø Ferieland is one that appeals to the younger crowd in particular. Im Sommer findet man eine Vielzahl verschiedener Veranstaltungen rund um in Telemark. Die Piratenshow im Norsjø Ferieland ist eine die besonders dem jüngeren Publikum gefällt.

Notodden Blues Festival is a popular festival with a long tradition. The festival takes place every year in early August. Notodden Blues Festival ist ein beliebtes Festival mit langer Tradition welches jedes Jahr Anfang August in Notodden stattfindet.

Strong culture The famous playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, and his childhood home has become a nice museum, showing the early life of the writer. Morgedal is called «The cradle of skiing» because the famous skier Sondre Norheim was born and lived here, until he emigrated to USA. Sondre was the inventor of modern skiing; the heel binding and the shape of the skies were his inventions. The world famous painter Edvard Much lived in Kragerø for several years, and he found inspiration to some of his famous works here. You can join a Munch walk in Kragerø in the summer season. Ausgeprägte Kultur Der berühmte Dramatiker Henrik Ibsen wurde in Skien geboren. Das frühere Elternhaus Henrik Ibsens ist heute ein hübsches Museum welches die Kindheit des Dramatikers zeigt. Das kleine Städtchen Morgedal ist als die Wiege des modernen Skisports bekannt. Da hier der berühmte Sondre Norheim geboren wurde und lebte. Er ist der Erfinder des modernen Skisports, der Bindung als auch der Form des Skis. In Kragerø lebte und arbeitete der berühmte Maler Edvard Munch. Hier fand er Inspiration zu einigen seiner größten Meisterwerke. 48

Telemark is a food county with many local producers; from cured meat and flat bread to goat cheese, beer and apple juice. The county’s big interest in food has resulted in “Mersmak”, an annual food festival in Skien. Here you can taste and buy locally produced as well as international food.

About 90 000 people visit Dyrsku’n each year, making it Norway’s largest trade- and agricultural fair. There are also activities, tivoli and local food. Dyrsku’n ist mit ca. 90 000 Besuchern Norwegens grösste Handels und Landwirtschaftsmesse. Auf dem Dyrsku-Platz in Seljord finden viele Arrangements statt.

Telemark ist eine Region mit vielen lokalen Lebensmittelproduzenten, ob Skinken, Flatbrød oder Ziegenkäse, Bier oder Apfelmost. Das große Interesse an lokalen Gerichten resultierte in einem großen Festival rund ums Essen dem „Mersmak“ welches jedes Jahr in Skien veranstaltet wird. Hier können lokale Speisen probiert und erworben werden.


Vest-Telemark Museum (VTM) is a grouping of 12 museums. The photo shows Eidsborg with Norway’s oldest building and the new museum building. Experience everything from old craft traditions and copper mines to a collection of sculptures and the history of skiing. Refreshments are available at the Norwegian Ski Museum, VTM Eidsborg, Åmdals Verk mines, Kviteseid open-air museum and Grimdalstunet farm and museum. Das West Telemark Museum ist eine Sammlung von 12 Museen. Hier von Eidsborg mit Norwegens ältestem Gebäude und neuem Museumsgebäude. Erlebe alte Handwerkstradition, Kupfergräber, Skulpturensammlung und Skigeschichte.

In summer there are many concerts in Telemark, both at Wrightegaarden in Langesund, Skåtøy in Kragerø and other parts of Telemark. Well-known events are the Treungen Festival, ”Viser ved Kanal” and the Rjukan Rock Festival. Im Sommer gibt es viele Konzerte in Telemark, sowohl im Wrightegaarden in Langesund, der Insel Skåtøy in Kragerø als auch in anderen Teilen Telemarks. Bekannte Veranstaltungen sind das Treungen Festival, „Viser ved Kanalen“ und das Rjukan Rock Festival.

Experience the history of Ibsen’s family close up. Travel to Venstøp and learn about Ibsen’s upbringing in his childhood home. See the dark attic where Ibsen got inspired to write “The Wild Duck”. Erfahre mehr über den berühmten Dramatiker in seinem Elternhaus in Venstøp. Hier kannst du das Dachgeschoss besuchen wo Ibsen seine Inspiration zu den „Wildenten“ fand.

In May 1909 sailed a coastal boat into the Kragerøfjord. Onboard was the painter Edvard Munch who fell in love with the charming coastal town of Kragerø and decide to settle there.Years in Kragerø would prove to be some of his most productive, resulting into world renowned motifs as ”Sun” and ”History.” Today you can follow Munch’s footsteps in Kragerø. Besides Munch sculpture it is currently set up panels with text and image in the places where Munch used to paint. Als Edvard Munch 1909 in Kragerø ankam verliebte er sich in das idyllische Küstenstädtchen. Während seines Aufenthalts in Kragerø malte er weltbekannte Werke wie „Die Sonne“ und „Geschichte“. Heute kannst du in den Spuren Munchs durch Kragerø wandeln. Neben einer Statue sind verschiedene Tafeln mit Texten und Bildern des Malers aufgestellt.

We’re having a really great time in Telemark and Seljord. We first came here for the Country Festival and were so fascinated by the place that we spend every summer here. – Family of three from Arendal



Fruitful beer company The Fruit Village The fruit village Gvarv is situated close to Lake Norsjø and the Telemark Canal. Meet our friendly farmers who will greet you with prizewinning apple juice made from sun kissed apples. Visit the world’s northernmost vineyard, experience our local microbrewery. Take a swim or go fishing, rent a kayak, canoe or bicycle and experience the wonderful surroundings and the sweet smell from the orchards.

Nearly all the beers brewed by Lindheim Ølkompani contain a dash of unfermented apple juice. Appropriately enough, when they are being produced at one of the finest orchards in Norway’s “Fruit Village”, where the fruit’s natural, mystical microfibres create truly unique flavours.

“Many of the beers we produce are named after personalities at the farm, such as my grandmother Lull, who decorates the Christmas beers. We sell more than 30 different beers and ciders during the year,” Ingeborg says.

At beautiful Lindheim farm, “fruit maid” Ingeborg Lindheim and her husband Eivin Eilertsen have many exciting ideas brewing – and, not least, thousands of litres of frothy craft beer. With a completely unique flavour from the orchards where it is brewed. “When I decided to take over the family farm in 2013, we had to come up with a way of developing it. Eivin had the idea of brewing beer, but we knew absolutely nothing about it!” explains Ingeborg, who holds the allodial right to her family’s land.

There is no doubt that Lindheim Frukt og Ølkompani is a success story. The farm shop and bar/drinks outlet are usually open daily except Sundays through the school holidays, and attract many visitors. After extending the barn built in 1954, they can now produce 150,000 litres of beer, apple juice and apple cider in a state-of-the-art brewery in rustic style. In 2017, they were awarded the accolade “Business development of the year” for Telemark. Lindheim farm is part of the “Fruit Village” business network offering open farms, farm shops, art exhibitions, accommodation, cafés, festivals, brewery and vineyard visits, and much more.

Tel: + 47 41 45 22 29 • • 3810 Gvarv

150,000 litres of beer, apple juice and cider

Fifth-best new brewery in the world However, the couple had plenty of help from some people they knew in the craft beer industry on America’s West Coast. And suddenly they had their very own brand-new brewery in the barn! Just the following year, it was named the fifth-best new brewery in the world on the popular website Initially, they produced many of the “more standard” beer types but as competition on the market has increased, they have shifted their production to slightly more distinctive brews. “Since we live on a fruit farm, I thought we should use the fruits of our land. That’s why we now largely focus on sour beer, which is kind of a cross between wine and beer,” Ingeborg explains.

Tekst og foto: Fra boka Fruktbygda av Christine Baglo og Tone Solberg

– your café, bakery, confectionery & interior in the heart of the World Heritage

Experimenting with flavours The beer is stored for 1-5 years in oak barrels down in the beautiful, newly built bodega in the cellar. The couple have experimented with adding apples, cherries, plums, rhubarb and pears to their beers, as well as far more unusual additions, such as honey and soured yoghurt. Some of the beers also offer clever flavour combinations, such as their Jacobs hage beer, which contains an inspired blend of raspberries, salt and coriander.

Get an unforgettable taste experience in Notodden first train station! Delicious homemade food and pastries with ingredients from local suppliers.

From 16 seat minibus to great coaches with up to 57 seats! Enjoy your trip and let us take care of accommodation, food and aktivities. We know Telemark!


Hydroparken, bygg 52 Heddalsveien 11 3674 Notodden 52

We provide buses for all purposes

email: Opening hours: Mon - Wed 10-17 phone: +47 48 17 98 05 Thu - Sat 10-20 Sat 10-16

Kåsmyra 3750 Drangedal phone:+47 35 99 81 25


Events & festivals June




04.-06. Literatur Festival “Bøker” Bø

01.-03. Avsluttningsdagen på HSN Rauland

15.-17. Victoria Festival Kviteseid



May market at Bø center square Bø

01.-03. Int. Shanty Festival Langesund

15.-17. Vinsjedagar på Nisser facebook/vinsjedager på Nisser


Traditional 17. may buffet Dalen Hotel / Dalen


Bygdemarken Rauland



Pinsestevne Island horse Seljord


Telemark Tours Cycling race Bø – Skien



Opning Dalen quai exhibition Dalen


Skuggenatten Opp (mountain run) Treungen


Welcome to the canal boat MS Henrik Ibsen Dalen



Welcome to the canal boat MS Victoria Dalen & Lårdal



Cultural arrangement Grimdalstunet

Kanalrennet - rollerski race Lunde



01.-05. Treungen Festival (music festival) Treungen


Kjerringsveiven (hiking event for women) Rjukan

04.-08. Seljord Festival Seljord

02.-05. Int. Blues Festival Notodden


Village day in Sauland Sauland

Opening of the Canal park - Viking day West-Telemark Museum Eidsborg


Hovedgårds Concert Ulefos Hovedgaard


Norseman Xtreme Triathlon Rjukan


Telemark Air Show Notodden

Viking challenge Rjukan


Sykkelløpet Haukeliruta (bicycle race) Åmot - Bø www.åmotbø.no


Harbour Festival Kragerø


Telemarkshelten-Helteløpet (running event) Rjukan

18.-30. Telemarksveka


Vrådalsdagen Vrådal

10.-12. Telemark Festival Bø

14. - 16. Dyrsku’n - Agricultural fair Seljord

Opening hike Lårdalstigen Dalen - Lårdal


07.-08. Jomfrulandsdagene Kragerø

10.-12. Skjærgårdssang (gospel festival) Langesund


Bygdedagen i Folkesadbyen Fyresdal

22.-23. Viser ved kanalen (concert) Nome

09.-15. Landsstemnet Maran Ata Seljord


Telemarkshelten-Helterittet (bicycle race) Rjukan

15.-16. Telemarkspadlern (kayaking race) Telemarkskanalen

07.-10. På kanten - Philosophy Festival Kragerø

22.-23. Dalsmarken Dalen

09.-15. Kragerø Town Festival Kragerø


Nesetdagene Rauland


Hydromarsjen (hiking event) Rjukan

25.-26. Spring market Seljord

08.-09. Skien Live Skien

22.-24. Vestmarfestivalen Treungen / Drangedal / Kragerø



Kamerina Festival Hovin


Fårikålfest (traditional food feast) Dalen Hotel


08.-09. Rjukan Rock Festival Rjukan


20.-21. Skåtøy Festival Skåtøy Kafe, Kragerø


Family days at the West-Telemark Museum Eidsborg

28.-29. Norwegian Apple Festival Gvarv

08.-09. Porsgrunns Festival Porsgrunn

26.6.-2.7. Sea food and Fish Festival Langesund


Kragerø Kogregatta Krageø


Skeidet - medieval market & viking horse ride Fyresdal

08.-09. Slåtte Festival Hjartdalsbygda

27.-01.7. Sommarland Skifestival (rollerski race) Bø


Nissedaldagen & Treungen Music City


Slusemarked (market at the Lunde locks) Lunde slusepark


Sluserock (concert) Telemarkskanalen / Lunde


Sommer show at Bø Sommarland Bø


English Garden Party Dalen Hotel / Dalen

24.-25. Rjukan Trubadur Festival Rjukan


Rallardagen Åmdals Verk Gruver


Exhibition opens at Kunstlåven Seljord

25.-28. Marispelet (open air stage play) Rjukan

24.-26. Climbing Festival Nissedal


Holden concert Holdenparken / Ulefoss

25.-29. Country Festival Seljord

24.-28. Trollrally, MC meeting in Stykkjevika Fyresdal


Sondre Norheim’s birthday Morgedal

27.-29. International Collectors Fair Telemarkshallen / Bø


NM in wake board (Norwegian championship) Norsjø Ferieland / Akkerhaugen


Lunde Triathlon Lunde

Telemarkskanalrittet (cycling race) Along the Telemark Canal

11.-14. Canal week Kviteseid 12.-16. Porsgrunn Int. Theater Festival Porsgrunn


Ordalsåta Opp Mountain run in Morgedal

Kunstnarslepp på Grimdalstunet Dalen

TelemarksVeka is a two weeks event including a varitey of activities throughout the county from June 18 to July 1. The main event is the roller ski race in Bø and Lunde with racers from the national team. IT will be broadcasted on the national TV channel TV2.

Baccalao Festival Brevik

Havrefjell Opp (mountian run) Felle facebook/Felle Idrettslag

24.-25 Mersmak Food Festival Skien 26.

Open farm and activity day Evju Bygdetun / Gvarv


Top 5 winter activities • Alpine skiing on a variety of slopes • Cross-country skiing in forests and high-mountain areas • Park skiing on rails and jumps • Sledging and kiting • Skating on lakes and ice rinks

Winter-Telemark Enjoy the peace of snow-covered mountain plateaus and whizz down alpine slopes and freeriding areas. Experience cross-country skiing on well-prepared tracks or strike out on your own in forests and across open expanses; choose alpine slopes to suit your ability; try the sledging slopes, cool terrain parks, skating rinks, kiting or freeriding 1883 metres down Gaustatoppen.



For all you snowboarders and jibbers, Telemark has several popular parks with rails and jumps. Vierli terrain park in Rauland is the best known but Haukelifjell ski centre also has a well-regarded park and Vrådal Panorama ski centre is building a new one this season. Für alle Snowboarder und Jibber gibt es in Telemark mehrere beliebte Parks mit Rails und Jumps. Der Vierli Terrengpark i Rauland ist der bekannteste, aber auch das Haukelifjell Ski Center hat einen anerkannten Park.

Experience Telemark’s ski centres: from Gautefall to Vrådal, Lifjell, Haukelifjell, Rauland, Gaustatoppen and – here – Gaustablikk, you’ll find fun challenges to suit everyone. Erlebe die Skigebiete in Telemark; Von Gautefall bis Vrådal, Lifjell, Haukelifjell, Rauland, Gaustatoppen und hier Gaustablikk.

Cross-country trails can be found throughout Telemark, from Svanstul in Skien and Siljan to Lifjell, Halbjønnsekken near Dalen, Kjyrebygdheia in Nissedal and up to the areas by the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. You’ll find many cleared trails close to the major ski centres (see next page). Langlaufloipen gibt es in ganz Telemark von Svanstul in Skien und Siljan bis Lifjell, Halbjønnsekken bei Dalen, Kjyrebygdheia in Nissedal und auf de Hardanger Hochebene. Zudem haben alle großen Skizentren präparierte Loipen.

Skating is a popular winter activity, and Telemark offers a number of lakes to choose from in early winter. And don’t miss a trip to the ice stadium at the popular Skien Fritidspark leisure complex with its 12,000 m2 ice rink. You can hire skates here, and there are two lavvos – Sami tents – and a café. Schlittschuhlaufen ist eine beliebte Winteraktivität. Im Freizeitpark in Skien befindet sich ein Eisstadion von über 12.000 m2 welches in den Wintermonaten geöffnet hat.

The home of skiing Telemark is Norway’s largest skiing region and offers everything from child-friendly adventure terrain and slalom slopes to precipitous mountainsides with one challenge after another. There are numerous well-prepared cross-country routes, picture-postcard scenery, snowboarding facilities, world-class off-piste skiing and state-of-the art alpine skiing facilities for the most discerning downhill skier. As well as skiing, Telemark offers other exciting winter activities including ice climbing, skating, kiting, ice fishing, snow scooter driving and luge. The ski season starts in November and finishes in April. And of course, there is a wide range of cabins, apartments and hotels to suit all wishes, requirements and budgets. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life – and enjoy an authentic winter adventure in Telemark, where ski sport began!

Telemark – wo alles begann Telemark ist Norwegens größte Skiregion und bietet alles, vom Kinderskipark über Slalomabfahrten bis zu steilen Tiefschneepisten. Hier findet man endlose und gut präparierte Loipen die sich durch eine wunderschöne Winterlandschaft schlängeln, Snowboardanlagen, Tiefschneepisten und hochmoderne Skiresorts für anspruchsvolle Alpinisten. Telemark bietet auch andere Winteraktivitäten wie Eisklettern, Eislaufen, Kiten, Eisangeln, Schneemobilfahren und Rodeln. Die Skisaison beginnt im November und endet im April. Und natürlich kanst du aus einer großen Anzahl von Ferienhäusern, Apartments und Hotels wählen, die deinen Wünschen, Träumen und Brieftasche entsprechen. Gönn dir eine Auszeit vom Alltagsstress – entdecke Telemark, Heimat von Sondre Norheim dem Vater des modernen Skisports. 58

The experience of kiting on snow with skis or a snowboard is great fun for children and adults alike. Haukelifjell and Rauland are particularly popular areas for kiting. Snow kiting mi Skiern oder Snowboard begeistert Jugendliche als auch Erwachsene Haukelifjell und Rauland sind besonders beliebt.


8 popular ski resorts in Telemark

Gautefall Ski Centre

Gaustablikk Ski Centre

Gautefall ski centre is centrally located in southern Norway, just a short distance from the coast, and is a compact ski resort with a new six-seat chairlift. Gautefall is a family destination – with the focus on families with children.

Mount Gausta/the Gaustabanen

Gaustablikk ski centre is Norway’s sixth-largest ski centre and offers a great number of lifts and slopes. Skiing here offers Telemark’s closest approximation to an alpine landscape. Suitable for all abilities.



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Children’s areas


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Children’s areas


Longest slope

1800 m

Terrain parks


Longest slope

3200 m

Terrain parks


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Ski school


Number of lifts


Ski school


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14 km

Ski rental


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35 km

Ski rental




Places to eat



85 km

Places to eat






Lifjell Ski Centre

Vrådal Panorama

Raulandsfjell Alpinsenter Raulandsfjell boasts the steepest terrain and best off-piste areas, with some of the top forest skiing in Norway. The centre is perfect for experienced skiers and those who like a challenge.

The Gaustatoppen area is well known to snowboarders and freeskiers. The alpine facility has undergone major development, and the railway to the summit makes southern Norway’s most unique freeriding accessible to all.



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Children’s areas


Number of slopes

Large freeriding area at 1.883 meters

Longest slope

2100 m

Terrain parks




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Ski school


Number of lifts

The cable car within the mountain takes you up to 1800 meters above sea level

Number of km of slopes

7 km

Ski rental


Places to eat

DNT-cabin that serves food


150 km

Places to eat




Haukelifjell Ski Centre

Rauland Ski Centre

Lifjell in Bø in Telemark is the nearest high-mountain area for the entire central part of eastern Norway. Here you will find fantastic alpine and cross-country opportunities for all the family, including Telemark’s largest floodlit facility.

Vrådal Panorama is a ski centre for all the family with slopes offering various levels of difficulty. There is an eight-seat chairlift that opened in 1998. Dedicated children’s area for luge and fun on skis!

Haukelifjell ski centre is one of the most snowsure ski resorts in Norway – a family-friendly destination easily accessible from both sides of the country. Unbelievable freeriding opportunities in stunning snow-bedecked terrain.

Rauland ski centre comprises three locations: Vierli, Tiur and Holtardalen, and has ski slopes, lifts and activities for all the family. Vierli terrain park is one of the best in Norway for twin tipping and snowboarding.





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Children’s areas


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Children’s areas


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Children’s areas


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Children’s areas


Longest slope

1200 m

Terrain parks


Longest slope

3600 m

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3000 m

Terrain parks


Longest slope

3000 m

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Ski school


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Ski school


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Ski school


Number of lifts


Ski school


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4 km

Ski rental


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15 km

Ski rental


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14 km

Ski rental


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20 km

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80 km

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70 km

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Accommodation – Übernachtung

Grenland and the Telemark coast / Grenland und Küste Quality Hotel Skjærgården

Accommodation – Übernachtung

Eastern-Telemark and Mid-Telemark / Ost und Zentral Telemark Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell

Hotell Vic

Skolegt. 1, 3916 Porsgrunn Tel: +47 35 56 98 00 email:

Stathelleveien 35, 3970 Langesund Tel: +47 35 97 81 00 email:

Hotell fritidsparken

Thon Hotel Høyers Situated in beautiful surroundings outside the town centre with a large variety of in- and outdoor activities. 62 rooms for 1-6 persons including 10 apartments. Shower/WC and TV in every room. Conference facilities for 100 persons. RV parking including all facilities. Waterpark, spa & wellness.

Family hotel in the centre of Bø! Situated 5 mins from Bø Sommarland and the climbing park ”Høyt & Lavt” ca. 20 minutes from the Telemark Canal. Outdoor aquatic centre with a separate children’s pool, trampoline, playroom, saunas, exercise room, restaurant and bar. Gullbringvegen 32, 3800 Bø Tel: +47 35 06 08 00 email:

Norsjø Hotell An inviting, friendly hotel in a building dating back to 1896. 100 rooms. Roof terrace. Excellent food in the hotel’s restaurant. Centrally located near cultural attractions, shopping and activities, The Telemark Canal as well as galleries and museums. Free parking and internet.

Lunde Vandrerhjem Familyrooms with private bathroom at reasonable prices. Perfect starting-point for experiencing the Telemark Canal. 600 mtrs. to Lunde center and 1500 mtrs. to Lunde lock.

Nice family hotel with good local food. Beautiful view and large garden. Cruises on the Telemark Canal 5 mins. from the hotel. Wakeboard/waterski and beach, 5 mins.Golf course and Bø Sommarland, 15 mins. Some appartements. Nordagutuvegen 81, 3812 Akkerhaugen Tel: +47 35 95 50 00 email:

Kongensgt. 6, 3724 Skien Tel: 35 90 58 00 email:

Moflatveien 59, 3733 Skien Tel: +47 35 54 10 40 email:

Bø Hotell Comfortable hotel at the foot of Mount Gausta, in beautiful high mountain terrain. Pleasant lounges, swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, solarium. Fishing lake and boat hire. All 91 rooms have shower/WC, TV and telephone. First class apartments and cabins also available. Also 4 chalets with 5 bedrooms in each. Minigolf. Kvitåvatnvegen 372, 3660 Rjukan Tel: 35 09 14 22 email:

Hotell Vic is situated in the centre of Porsgrunn, within walking distance to shops and shopping centre, cultural house and cinema. Close to some of the biggest attractions and activities such as Bø Sommerland (60 km) or trips to the fjords and mountains of Telemark.

Welcome to Childrens’ Paradise. The hotel lies at the edge of the sea, within walking distance of the centre of Langesund. 161 modern rooms, 4000m2 tropical leisure centre with 81 m watershutes and 31°C in the water all year round! Playroom for children. Restaurants.

Tyrivegen 51c, 3825 Lunde Tel: +47 35 94 90 68 email:

Telemark Kanalkamping

Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggeparken

Kragerø Resort The hotel is idyllically situated at the waterfront, with short walking distance to the Canal boats and Skien town centre. 146 lovely rooms, own club room, breakfast and evening buffet, plus a complete restaurant complex next door. Short drive to 18 hole golf course.

Welcome to Kragerø Resort. With it`s golf courts and Kragerø`s beautiful fiord right on the hotel`s doorstep. Set aside some time for yourself in our spa. Savour a delightful meal from our exciting menus. Stay in vacation apartments with room for all the family, or treat yourself to the extra luxury of our ocean-view suites. Stabbestadveien 1, 3788 Stabbestad Tel: +47 35 97 11 00 email:

Langbryggen 7, 3724 Skien Tel: +47 35 91 21 00 email:

Brattrein Hotell Campsite situated 300m from Lunde locks with restaurant and 3 canal boats passing through daily in the season, 6 locks within 12 km distance.

The Hotel is very beautifully located. Brattreins gate 9, 3683 Notodden Tel: +47 35 01 23 00 email:

Slusevegen 21, 3825 Lunde Tel: +47 91 57 54 21 email: Norsjø Ferieland/ Cabel park

Liagrendvegen 71, 3812 Akkerhaugen Tel: +47 35 95 84 30 email:

Lystang Camping Sauheradvegen 1344 Holtsås, 3683 Notodden Tel: +47 90 56 32 61 email:

Kragerø Sportell og Appartments Lovisenbergveien 20, 3770 Kragerø Tel: +47 35 98 57 00 email:

Sandviken Camping Austbygdevegen 111, 3650 Tinn Austbygd Tel: +47 35 09 81 73/95 23 88 17 enail:

Risøya Hvalenvegen 32, 3943 Porsgrunn Tel: 97 51 48 19 email: booking@risø

Beverøya Hytteutleie og Camping Gvarvvegen 80, 3800 Bø Tel: +47 35 06 18 81 email:

Gaustatoppen Booking Tel: +47 45 48 51 51 email:


Bø Camping Lifjellvegen 51, 3804 Bø Tel: +47 35 95 20 12 email:

Sanda Camping og hytteleie

Telnessanden Camping og Friluftsenter

Seljordveien 915, 3803 Bø Tel: +47 35 95 47 10 email:

Garvikvegen 920, 3840 Seljord Tel: 35 05 29 90 email:


Accommodation – Übernachtung

Attractions and Activities

Western Telemark / West Telemark

– see/siehe for more attractions/Attraktionen

Rauland Høyfjellshotell

Quality Straand Hotel Hotel with 125 rooms and chalets (4-12 pax) close to the Nisser lake with veteran boat M/S Fram. Beach with summer cafe. Playroom, and rental of rowing boats / canoes. The hotel offers restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Excursion program. Kviteseidvegen 1698, 3853 Vrådal Tel: +47 35 06 90 00 email:

Dalen Hotell

Enjoy one of Scandinavias biggest water theme park with some of Europe’s most spectacular water activities. In Bø Sommarland the whole family can enjoy more than 30 different attractions. Book online tickets from 249,-. Open 3.6-13.8.

3864 Rauland Tel: +47 99 35 90 00 email:

Steintjønnvegen 2, 3804 Bø Tel: +47 35 06 16 00

Raulandsakademiet Built in1894 as a luxury hotel for the rich and famous, and is today maybe the best preserved of the old dragon style hotels. Here reins a luxurious atmosphere to enhance the enjoyment of good food and drink. 42 rooms/ 90 beds. 400 m from the Telemark Canal.

Akademiet 2, 3864 Rauland Tel: +47 35 07 32 92 email:

Camp Vierli

3880 Dalen Tel: +47 35 07 90 00 email:

Rjukanvegen 195, 3864 Rauland Tel: +47 35 07 23 00 email:

Rauland Feriesenter

Årnes Kafeteria

Senterkroa Bø senteret, 3800 Bø i Telemark Tel: +47 35 95 57 33 email: Sjøormen Kro Ingrid Slettens veg 20, 3840 Seljord Tel: +47 35 95 57 33 email:

Stasjonen Kafe

Restaurant Stråholmen

Heddalsvegen 11, bygg 52 Hydroparken 3674 Notodden Tel: +47 48 17 98 05é Kafe Olea

Stabbestadvn.1, 3788 Stabbestad Tel: +47 35 97 11 00

Heimat Vinje

Heddalsvegen 412, 3674 Notodden Tel: +47 47 97 31 45

Vinjevegen 159, 3890 Vinje Tel: +47 35 06 21 00

Brasseriet Madame Blom


Kongensgt.6-8, 3724 Skien Tel: +47 35 90 58 00 email:

3864 Rauland Tel: +47 35 07 32 92 email:

Tel: +47 35 06 90 90 email:

Norwegian Mining Museum Welcome to the Porselains Museum, Henrik Ibsen Museum, Kittelsenshuset, Brekkeparken and Ulefoss Hovedgaard!

Hyttegate 3, 3616 Kongsberg Tel: +47 91 91 32 00

Tel: +47 35 54 45 00 email:

Vatnelian Vatnelianvegen 201, 3850 Kviteseid Tel: +47 91 59 11 63 email: Telemarksgalleriet og Lysbuen O. H. Holtasgate 27, 3678 Notodden Tel: +47 35 01 00 80 email: Europas Blues Senter Bok & Blueshuset Storgt. 1, 3674 Notodden Tel: +47 93 03 67 00 Heddal Stave Church Heddalsveien 412, 3678 Notodden Tel: +47 92 20 44 35 email: Heddal Bygdetun Notodden Heddalsveien, 3678 Notodden Tel: +47 90 96 46 01 Høyt & Lavt Lifjellvegen 51, 3804 Bø i Telemark Tel: +47 918 24 170 email: Norsjø Kabelpark Liagrendvegen 71, 3812 Akkerhaugen Tel: +47 35 95 84 30 email:


A treasure trove of history, art and heritage conveyed by 12 museum. The Norwegian Ski Museum in Morgedal and West Telemark Museum in Eidsborg serves good home-made food. Lett the children play in the outdoors activitypark where we have a miniature of Telemarkskanalen , experience the history of skiing or go on an exciting outdoor mining hiking. Follow us on facebook.

Telemark Museum

3864 Rauland Tel: +47 35 07 23 00 email:

Featured restaurants / Beliebte Restaurants Strannavegen 302, 3810 Gvarv Tel: +47 35 95 57 33 email:

West-Telemark Museum

Bø Sommarland Traditional hotel with nice atmosphere in the heart of the region, and in the heart of southern Norway. 101 rooms, 41 cabin apartments, 360 beds. SPA, swimming pool and gym. Lots of walking trails directly from the hotel. Many attractions within an hour’s drive from the hotel.

Til Telemark


Opplev Verdensarven med guide Tel: +47 97 02 02 54 email:

Langefonn, 3660 Rjukan Tel: +47 45 50 22 22

Lifjell Skisenter

Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum

3883 Bø i Telemark Tel: +47 35 95 34 50 email:

Vemork, 3660 Rjukan Tel: +47 35 09 90 00 email:

Gaustatoppen Skisenter

Tinn Museum, Rjukan

Tel: +47 45 48 51 51 email:

Sam Eydes gate 299, 3660 Rjukan Tel: +47 35 09 90 00 email:

Vrådal Panorama Skisenter


3853 Vrådal Tel: +47 35 06 83 50 email:

Såheimsvegen 30, 3660 Rjukan Tel: +47 35 09 90 00 email:

Skien Dalen Skipselskap M/S Victoria email: Tel: +47 99 74 31 81 Telemarkskanalen Skipselskap M/S Henrik Ibsen Tel: +47 35 07 90 00 email: post@dalen M/S Telemarken Tel: +47 35 95 50 00 email: Skien fritidspark Moflatveien 38, 3733 Skien Tel: +47 35 54 10 00 email:

Gaustablikk Skisenter Kvitåvatnvegen 372, 3660 Rjukan Tel: +47 35 09 14 22 email:

Tour operators / Reiseveranstalter

Rauland Skisenter

Tele-Tur AS

Tel: +47 35 07 23 00 email:

Tailor made trips for groups. Kåsmyra, Drangedal Tel: +47 35 99 81 25 email:


Telemark Travel AS Heddalsveien 11, 3674 Notodden Tel: +47 92 61 08 80 email:

Foto: Haakon Sundbø

KRAGERØ! We give you 5 reasons to visit us: 1. A historic city center with unique shopping opportunities 2. Our beautiful archipelago- enjoy it by foot or bike 3. The islands – the ferry will bring you to new adventures on every island 4. Jomfruland National park – explore unique marine nature 5. Edvard Munch – One of Norway’s most famous artists lived here and painted our beautiful city.

Welcome to our idyllic coastal town. Every season has its charm, experience them all!





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