Top winter destinations and activities in Telemark
Telemark is known as the cradle of skiing, and is the largest ski region in Norway. The magnificent and ever changing scenery is made for ski sports and enjoyment for the whole family. But winter wonderland Telemark can also offer a variety of fun and exciting activities in the snow, in addition to skiing!
Rjukan and Gaustablikk
Rjukan is situated in the midst of dramatic and magnificent surroundings in the north of Telemark. Winter activities in Rjukan and Gaustablikk are for example ice climbing, ski sailing, sled rides, ice fishing and dogsled racing. Off-piste skiing from Gaustatoppen is popular for trained skiers. Rjukan is situated on the edge of beautiful Hardangervidda, and you are welcome to cross-country ski across it.
Try alpine skiing and snowboarding at Vrådal Panorama Ski Centre, or cross-country skiing in the mountains and forests surrounding Vrådal. Vrådal Panorama Ski Centre is one of Telemark's largest ski centres, with 5 lifts and 15 slopes. An 8-seat chair lift assures no long lift queues. Other activities include sleigh rides, horseback riding in the woods, and organized snowshoe tours.
Rauland and Haukeli
Rauland and Haukeli have some of the best cross-country trail networks in Norway, with 200 kilometres of groomed tracks. The skiing season normally lasts from December to April. Rauland has long been a traditional snow activities destination for the whole family. If you do not want to ski, Rauland offers activities such as Snow scooter riding, snow rafting, horseback riding, kiting, dog sled riding, Norway’s best snowboard park, and ice fishing. And for those of you just looking to unwind in beautiful surroundings there is also a mountain spa to relax in.
For Telemark skiing or just hiking, Lifjell is a real pearl with its many kilometres of trails that wind through forests and open areas. Lifjell Skisenter has various downhill skiing possibilities (e.g. Mogul skiing, off-piste skiing). In Lifjell there is also a ski resort especially for children. They offer slopes for children and beginner level in slalom, snowboarding and cross-country.
Morgedal is famous for being “the cradle of modern skiing” . It was in Morgedal Sondre Norheim developed skis that could twist and turn, and also invented the heel bindings, and his old cottage is open for visitors. Norsk Skieventyr /ski museum is also placed in Morgedal, and shows the development of skiing through the ages.