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Hiking in Telemark

From coastal walks to summit hikes in only a couple of hours – the landscape is full of contrasts in Telemark. See sun-soaked rocks by the open sea and charming mountain villages during the same trip. Welcome to Telemark – One destination. Thousand opportunities.

Experience great hiking in the varied landscape of Telemark which consists of coastal paths, gentle valleys, forests and mountains. The highest peak is Mount Gaustatoppen at 1,883 metres above sea level. On a clear day, you can see one sixth of Norway from this summit – no wonder that it is one of the most photographed views in Norway. The hike to the top is steep but family-friendly, it takes about 2,5 hours walk one way. If you like you can take an elevator inside the mountain to the top!

Walk Telemark has recent years developed many well marked trails and maps including popular sites such as Gaustatoppen, Lårdalsstigen along The Telemark Canal, Øverbø in Morgedal (where Sondre Norheim – "the father of modern skiing was born) and Venelifjell in Vrådal.

Rjukan and the surrounding area offers a wide range of hikes from city walks to days on the largest mountain plateau of Northern Europe Hardangervidda, Krossobanen cabel car brings you to the top. You can follow the footsteps of the heroes of the Norwegian resistance during World War II. A very important sequence in the industrial history that made the town of Rjukan world famous and even brought it on UNESCO’s tentative list. Starting at Rjukan Fjellstue, the so-called Saboteur Trail is an eight kilometre walk from the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda down the steep gorge to Vemork, where the saboteurs blew up the heavy water factory. The trip takes two to three hours and guided tours are available during the summer.

  

Hike your way further and explore the next natural treasure – Rauland, which is a mountain village situated at the foot of Hardangervidda. Several DNT cabins are available. Try the new paved path to Falkeriset, made by sherpas from Nepal – a great walk for both adults and children. Don’t miss the mountain cruise with M/B Fjellvaken II crossing the biggest lake in Telemark, Møsvatn, the gateway to the Hardangervidda Plateau. At the end of the lake you’ll find the DNT cabin Mogen, a great place for fishing trout and exploring untouched terrain.

In the Mid-Telemark region you will find the perfect base for well-adapted hikes. This exciting area encompasses many hiking trails that vary in length and difficulty, and are suitable for both experienced hikers and families with children. The most popular routes are the steep steps of spectacular Gygrestolen, and the vast hiking area at Lifjell mountain plateau - which has more than 20 summits over 1000 meters above sea level. The beautiful cultural landscape along the Telemark Canal and in the fruit district are also recommended for those looking for an easy and quiet stroll. While you are there, don’t forget to visit the local fruit farms, and have a taste of their award-winning apple juice, beer and wine.

Quite different is the coastal walk in the south part of Telemark, situated only two hours by car from Oslo. The coastal path reaches from the sea, through forests and mountains, to the historic towns of Langesund and Brevik. Gea Norvegica Geopark is centrally situated along the coastal path and en route you will find several signs to inform you about the local history and geology. The walks can be broken down into sections, whether you wish to do a few hours with a scenic picnic stop, or commit the whole day to walking.

Walk Telemark presents to you both short and easy walks and strenuous daytrips, from lowlands to highlands - from a local town center to the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe - in one short trip. By travelling through the valleys, on the lakes and in the mountains you get to experience the unique and varied nature and culture of Telemark. 

HOW TO GET HERE, Telemark is close to international airports and has good ferry connections from the continent.

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