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Modern and historic: Treat yourself to a zen moment in the sauna Soria Moria …
… or sleep under the chandeliers at Dalen Hotel, known as the "adventure hotel". Kings from four countries have spent the night here before you!
Telemark is above all an adventurous region with many stories to tell. More folk tales have been collected here than anywhere else in Norway.
Dream of times gone by under the layered roof of Heddal Stave Church …
Mountains and coast: In the same area, you can also admire the country's widest view at the Gaustatoppen mountain. On a clear day, you can see one-sixth of mainland Norway up here!
The mountain is easy to climb on foot, but easier still – and just as adventurous – is to go up with Gaustabanen. This cable car takes you to the top deep inside the mountain on rails from the Cold War.
Another historic and equally impressive attraction is The Telemark Canal. It was even hailed as "the world's eight wonder" when it was built.
Admire the green landscape reflected in the canal and hear the water roar as the locks lift the boat.
And did you know that Henrik Ibsen came from Skien in Telemark?
The famous playwright’s childhood home is now open to the public as the Henrik Ibsen Museum. Expect an interesting but fun mix of historical and modern experiences. Check out the new Peer Gynt escape room, for example!
Telemark offers wet adventures of every possible kind.
Dip your toes in the water on the pier in Kragerø, a summer town characterised by the white-painted houses that are so typical in this part of Norway. Or plunge into the salty waves by the sandy beaches along the coast in Skagerrak.
Cool off: Go for a swim in a bright blue mountain lake on Hardangervidda, Northern Europe's largest high mountain plateau which is situated at the opposite end of the Telemark region. It’s f-f-f-fresh!
Do you want speed and excitement?
An easy way to get butterflies in your stomach is to try out the water slides in Bø Sommarland.
The water in Telemark is just as wonderful in winter – in the form of snow.
After all, the area is the cradle of skiing! Morgedal in Telemark is where Sondre Norheim threw himself down slopes and across rooftops on homemade skis.
Go for it in the whirling powder snow …
The nature in Telemark is perfect for outdoor activities, whether you choose to hike along Lårdalstigen or other trails …
… or prefer to go paddling or climbing.
You can also cycle along the coast, in the mountains, in the forest, or the beautiful cultural landscapes.
Gourmet goodies: The secret behind Telemark's rich food traditions can be found in the fertile cultural landscape, from the coast to the mountains.
Let the world's second-best cheese melt on your tongue, enjoy Norway's best eplemost (a kind of apple juice), and sip exquisite wine from the world's northernmost vineyard in the fruit village at Gvarv.
Which wonders will you explore first?
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