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Vrangfoss


Vrangfoss is the largest lock system in the Telemark Canal. It consists out of 5 chambers with a total height difference of 23 meters, which takes approximately 45 minutes to cross. The facility lies in a beautiful park with historical buildings. It is the perfect place to experience the locks and learn more about the unique history of the canal. Here are some of the things you can experience here:

  • View the beautiful locks that were build to get past the 23 meter high waterfall. The facility is preserved as it was since the opening in 1862 and is protected by the state.
  • Learn how the locks work, how the masters of the locks open and close the gates by manual labor, as they always have done. Between kl. 11.00 - 14.00 you'll be able to see the canal boats pass these locks. In the midst of the season leisure boats also pass the locks.
  • In the old residence of the lock masters is an exhibition of historical pictures of the canal.
  • In the barn is a multimedia presentation of 10 minutes long about the history of the canal, the natural waterway that was created through geological processes, the uses of the canal prior to building the locks and how vital the canal was for the prosperity of the people along the canal.
  • Free guided tours at kl 12.00-12.45 each monday and thursday throughout July.
  • In the residence of the lock masters it is possible to get something to eat and drink, whilst enjoying the view over the entire lock system in Vrangfoss.
  • For an "authentic experience" it is possible to find accomodations in the old lock master residences in Vrangfoss or Eidsfoss.
  • Go hiking. Up to the old stone quarry where they retrieved stone that were used in building the locks. Or down to Eidsfoss, over the locks, beyond the lock master residence and down to Ulefoss Hovedgaard and the main square.
  • In the area are cycling trails with signs and marked on the map that pass by Vrangfoss. It is also possible to paddle through the lock system. We recommend to do this downstream, from the top of the locks to the bottom. You'll avoid water splatter, and it gives a more soothing feeling.

For more info see our product on the locks of Vrangfoss.

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