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3830 Ulefoss

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Kanalruta (Canal Route)

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CANAL ROUTE
Length: 113 km
Duration: 2 days / 3 days
Level: Challenging
Suitable for: Adults

By bike you can get from Ulefoss during two days into Dalen in inner Telemark.

Starting Point
The tour starts in Ulefoss, here you come with your own car or public transport, or by ferry from Skien to Ulefoss.

The tour goes through quite deserted nature, but there are several hotels and campsites along the route. Along the way you'll see the old lock systems in full operation. The stone smeared lock walls, the huge sluice gates, opening and closing mechanism - everything is authentic.

Telemark is in vacation context best known for its coastline, this cycle route follows quiet roads westward along the canal and for many securely through surprisingly wild and dramatic scenery. The road is some places hilly and the ride is a bit challenging. Challenging but beautiful!

In Dalen, where the cycle tour ends, you can stay at the venerable Dalen Hotel in 1894 - a very special experience. Dalen Hotel received the acclaimed Europa Nostra award for restoration and preservation in 2000. The day after you can take one of the Canal boats on Telemarkskanalen back, then you have truly "made" this part of Telemark!

Route can be cycled in both directions. Remember to buy provisions before you set out on your daily cycle ride. There are limited service along the Canal, especially on the parts from Vrådal to Dalen.

Remember that there is limited capacity of canal boats and accommodation in high season.

 Kanalruta (The Canal Route) along the Telemark Canal is the national cycle route number two.

Good trip!

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