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Take a canal cruise with MS Henrik Ibsen on the Telemark Canal, Norway - Photo: Jørgen Kasin
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Take a canal cruise with MS Henrik Ibsen on the Telemark Canal, Norway Photo: Jørgen Kasin

Tour suggestions in Telemark

Telemark can be explored by car, boat or bicycle, but the various means of transport can also be combined to give you the full Telemark experience.

By bicycle in Telemark

Telemarkreiser offers cycling packages with popular trips along the Telemark Canal. Combine a cycling trip along the canal with a cruise on one of the canal boats. You can cycle one way and bring your bike onboard the boat the other way.

VisitRjukan offers cycling packages in Hardangervidda National Park. A cycling trip at the Hardangervidda mountain plateau can be combined with with the Krossobanen cable car, which takes you and your bike from Rjukan right up to the mountain plateau.

Experience the Telemark Canal

On the Telemark Canal you can choose between trips lasting from 2 to 11 hours. There are many possible combinations, for example daytrips  where you go by boat one way and bus the other, ending up back at the starting point.

If you wish to enjoy a bit more of the canal, you can treat yourself to an overnight stop at one of the comfortable hotels. It is recommended to book tickets in advance.

The road to the fjords

By choosing the main highway between east and west, the E134, in addition to the magnificent countryside, you will find a range of interesting places to stop en route: Norsk Bergverksmuseum where rocks and minerals are exhibited, the silver mines at Kongsberg, Heddal Stave Church near Notodden, and the Norwegian Skiing Adventure Center in Morgedal. You can also make a detour to the Telemark Canal and Røldal Stave Church before the road heads down to the Hardangerfjord.

The Telemark Road

Telemarksvegen (The Telemark Road) runs from Kristiansand to Morgedal along rv. 41. Along the route you will experience a varied countryside, see many villages, shops and places of interest. The route takes you through undulating landscape dominated by mountains, lakes, forests and agricultural scenery.

Suggested weekend routes to Telemark

By car from Oslo

  • Day 1: Oslo - Notodden - Rjukan
  • Day 2: Rjukan - Tuddal (summer only) - Hjartdal - Seljord - Bø
  • Day 3: Bø - Ulefoss/Lunde/Ulefoss (roundtrip on the Telemark Canal) - Oslo

By car from Kristiansand

  • Day 1: Kristiansand - Nissedal - Vrådal
  • Day 2: Vrådal - Dalen - Vinje - Haukeli
  • Day 3: Haukeli - Hovden - Setesdal - Kristiansand
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Last updated:  2013-09-20
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Take a canal cruise with MS Henrik Ibsen on the Telemark Canal, Norway - Photo: Jørgen Kasin

Tour suggestions in Telemark

Telemark can be explored by car, boat or bicycle, but the various means of transport can also be combined to give you the full Telemark experience.

Tour suggestions in Telemark

Source: Visitnorway

The Telemark Canal

The Telemark canal is a 105-kilometre long watercourse taking you from Skien to Dalen.

Hiking in Grenland

The Coastal Path in Bamble is popular, as is the hike to Ulvskollen in Skien, but there are many other options if you want to walk in Grenland.

Hardanger National Tourist Route

Follow the scenic Hardangerfjord in Fjord Norway, where for over a century travelers have come to see mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers.

Tour suggestions in the Vrådal area

These five round trips include the highlights of western and upper Telemark, including the Eidsborg stave church and the Telemark Canal.

About Telemark

Telemark

The county of Telemark is known for its canal, old farms, the mountain region around Gaustatoppen and the friendly coastline outside Kragerø.

Key facts about Telemark

Telemark is a county offering costal towns and archipelago, waving hills, fjord country and mountain plateaus.

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