From one of Norway’s most charming coastal towns to tall mountains and highlands, the county of Telemark is as diverse as it is beautiful. Go on a trip on the Telemark Canal and get a taste of what the county has to offer.
To find peace, the famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch would go to Kragerø on the Skagerrak coast with its clear, blue sea. He named it the “Jewel of the coastal towns”, and Norwegians surely agree: In the summer, the small town’s population quadruples.
Far from being defined by its coastline, though, the county of Telemark stretches inland all the way to the huge, largely treeless mountain plateau of Hardangervidda, Norway’s largest national park.
In the valley beneath the mountain lies the charming town of Rjukan, a place with an incredibly rich industrial and wartime history and which has been added to UNESCO’s world heritage list.
Historically, Western Telemark around Dalen and Seljord is an important area for folk music and traditional storytelling, its dialect even retaining much of the Old Norse language. This is where the Norwegian tradition of skiing has its roots. The area around Bø in Midt-Telemark is also known for its cultural traditions within traditional music and artisanship, as well as for the largest water park in Scandinavia, Bø Sommarland.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Telemark, including a wide variety of camping possibilities. Getting to and around the area is easy.
Find more inspiration on Telemark’s official website.
The Telemark Canal is the only canal system in Norway connected to the sea. 18 lock levels divided over 8 lock…More
Hardangervidda is the largest national park in Norway, and the scenery is varied with steep mountainsides and…More
Gaustatoppen (1883 m) rises majestically over the town Rjukan in Telemark. The town which is known for the…More
Learn to ski the graceful turn in the valley that invented it!More
Scandinavia's largest waterpark, Sommarland in Bø, is one of Telemark's most visited attractions. The park has…More
The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork is a museum where you can see the unique exhibition from…More
Gaustabanen is funicular railway inside Gaustatoppen. This is a unique touristattraction, as there is no…More
Challenge yourself, your grandpa, or your neighbor at Norsjø Kabelpark, one of the worldst best cable tracks…More
Krossobanen was built in 1928 and was a gift from Norsk Hydro, so the townspeople could get up to see the sun…More
The company Telemark Kanalcamping offers a large choice of canoes and kayaks for rent. We are sitated only…More
At Berg Kragerø Museum can you see how the family Homan survived, and in the showroom you can admire the…More
If you have a desire to hike to Gaustatoppen, the best place to start is Stavsro. The path is 4km one way, and…More
The Lifjell mountain plateau in the Mid-Telemark region is a vast hiking area of about 200 km2, with more than…More
Rjukanbadet is not just a swimming complex, but a centre for well-being and comfort.More
Øvre Verket reprents one of the most important culturally historic places from the years of industrialization…More
Kragerø Ridesenter was established in 1997 and can offer equestrian training for all levels. Helle and Trond…More
The Rjukan Waterfall is unfortunately much less impressive than it used to be as most of the water has now…More
Modern, indoor swimmingpool and wellness center. Health pool, childrens pool, hot tub, sauna, solarium and…More
The sculpture park is situated near Norsjø at Akkerhaugen. This is Norway's first sculpture park for…More
The Evju Bygdetun in Sauherad is an interesting and lively local museum in mid- Telemark situated between the…More
Tinn Museum is a folklore museum with antiquarian buildings, which focuses on the old agrarian society in our…More
Well-marked trails around Skien FritidsparkMore
The history of Sondre Norheim begins in Morgedal, Telemark.More
Kvitåvatn Fjellhytter is a good choice if you prefer self-catering, whilst staying in the most stunning…More
The oldest hotel in Telemark is a historic hotel centrally located in Skien.More
Cabins in the town centre. These cabins are copies of the first workers' houses built in Rjukan during the…More
Vrådal Hyttegrend is located with a beatiful view of lake Nisser and the surrounding mountains. 20 cabins for…More
Seljord Camping is the perfect destination to start exploring Telemark! From Seljord Camping you are able to…More
Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggeparken is a high quality business hotel with all modern facilities - a perfect…More
Welcome to Åsgrav Familycamping! We are situated on the RV36, only 2 kilometres from Bø town center.…More
Throughout the years, Hotel Vic has undergone several renovations and is known as a hotel with good traditions…More
10 cottages in a quiet and peaceful surroundings, 3 km from the main roadMore
The motel is located at the old E-18 three minutes from Stathelle, near Brevik Bridge. Nearest railway…More
The campsite is situated by the western shore of lake Nisser. Here are some of Norway's best inland beaches…More
Welcome to our unique DNT holiday houses. Here you can spend the night in lovely surroundings at the island…More
Hegna camping is located in beautiful natural surroundings with the opportunity for plenty activities, both…More
Teksten Camping in Gvarv offers a variety of activities for children. Cabins for rent and suitable for tents…More
Idyllic by the lake Nisser!More
Telemark Camping is located 16km north of Fyresdal. Cabins, campsite and apartments. Great hiking terrain,…More
Vrådal Booking - apartments and cabins in the center of Vrådal and at the ski center!More
Skinnarbu (1000 meters above sealevel) is located by Møsvatn lake overlooking the Hardangervidda mountain…More
Fossum and Fossumsanden Camping is beautiful located in a spectacular and sunny area near beautiful lake…More
Asian street food in a slightly more pretentious style, served on porcelen.More
Skåtøy Café is located in the centre of the island surrounded by beautiful nature. We offer light meals, hot…More
The restaurant has a total of 100 seats. Companies in order. Nice place to arrange courses and conferences.…More
Vestfjorddalen konditori og spiseri is a nice bakery, with tasty sandwiches and lots of cakes, situated in…More
No occasion is too big or too small for Den gode nabo! We will put together a menu that's just right for you,…More
Cosy cafe and coffee shop on Herkules center. Lots of delicious cakes, sandwiches and salads. Openinghours Mon…More
Jensemann Pub is just off the town bridge in Blindtarmen, right on the seafront. There are views to the…More
Here we offer tasty hot dishes, dinner and baguetts. Along with the coffe we recommend a fresh baked cake or…More
You'll find us on RV36 between Ulefos and Gvarv, just 15 minutes from Bø. You can enjoy a meal in this light…More
Restaurant in Skien with fresh local food and classic dishes.More
Huset Pub is situated in the centre of Rjukan. It is a nice pub with pleasant atmosphere. They often have live…More
Tollboden Restaurant is located in an old sea cabin from the 1800s. Here all the dishes are made with love,…More
The hotel is famed for its delicious home cooking, which is based on long, local traditions.More
In Kragerø we´ve a Westernsaloon at the waterfront. El Paso is Kragerø's oldest restaurant. Delicious grilled…More
Skiens most traditional and pleasant restaurant, Brasseriet Madame Blom, is located at Thon Hotel Høyers.More
Traditional accommodation in Telemark. Right in the heart of Telemark lies Seljord, the realm of the fabled…More
Rjukan Hytteby is mainly known for its great pizza, but also serves everything from hamburgers to homemade…More
At Henrik & Kompani restaurant you can combine excellent food with a cultural experience at Ibsenhuset.More
Open from 12:00 to 24:00, offering an all-day pizza buffet with salad for just 84kr! We serve: pizza, steak,…More
Where new ideas and traditional Norwegian courses meet.More
Enjoy a great meal in beautiful surroundings at Norsjø Ferielands outdoor restaurant! The restaurant includes…More
The Hagestua Restaurant at Bø hotel is bright and pleasant, with a very nice view towards a garden and the…More
Lots of activities, simple dishes and a smile!More
serves delicious food made from local ingredients. With cafe in the old main house, restaurant in the brew…More
A small cafe with lots of coziness!More
The hotel has full beverage rights and is known for its good food and lively atmosphere. Nice dining room for…More
"Tollboden bakhagen" is a own little world behind the doors of the Tollboden main house. A hidden paradise…More
Barekoza is an Asian-fusion restaurant located near the waterside in the summer paradise Kragerø. Here you can…More
Theodors Fristelser is a cozy cafe close by Theodore Kittelsen Museum. Here you can get everything from…More
He is the man behind the telemark ski. Now, a new video from Visit Telemark celebrates the ingenuity of Sondre Norheim.Read more
The Norwegian State Railway (NSB) stops at several stations in Telemark.
An extensive express bus network covers the entire county of Telemark. Visit Telemark’s official website for prices and timetables.
The E18 runs through the southern part of Telemark when you drive between Oslo and Kristiansand or Stavanger, whilst the E134 goes through the middle/upper parts of the county to Hardanger and Haugesund.
Telemark is only a short distance from the gateways of Oslo, Kristiansand, Larvik, Sandefjord and Langesund, which have daily ferry connections to different European destinations. Find more information about travelling by boat.
A number of local buses will take you around all of Telemark county. Find timetables and prices on Farte.no.
Inland boats traffic the Telemark Canal all summer.
The nearest airport with international flight connections is Torp Sandefjord Airport. Check out Telemark’s official website for more information.
The M/B Fjellvåken takes you on a wonderful trip across Lake Møsvatn from Skinnarbu to Mogen TuristhytteMore
Tinn Billag and Rjukanekspressen provides buses between Rjukan – Notodden – Kongsberg –…More
There is a boat on Lake Mårvatn with daily departures from Synken (near Kalhovd) to Mårbu Turisthytte.More
The Fjord Boats in Brevik trafic the islands Sandøya, Bjørkøya and Siktesøya in the archipelago of Brevik. It…More
Taxi and bus. For booking call +47 901 46 410 or +47 35 05 24 78.More
The Kalhovd bus takes you from Atrå to Kalhovd and SynkenMore
Tinn Taxi is a local taxi. Please call +47 909 67 777More