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History and Heritage

Go back in time; explore the history of Telemark through the large and small museums around the county, showing the development from the Stone Age till today.

Rjukan and Notodden gave birth to Norsk Hydro, one of the cornerstones of Norwegian industry, now listet on UNESCO´s World Heritage List. Follow the dramatic heavy water sabotage actions at Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum at Vemork in Rjukan. Get also an insight in the railway transportation from Rjukan to the world at the Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork.

We also recommend a visit to the impressive silver mines in Kongsberg.

In Eidsborg and Heddal you have the opportunity so visit two of the remaining Stave churches. Heddal Stave church was built in the 12th century, and is an excellent example of medieval architecture.

Ulefos Manor at Ulefoss, shows the life of the rich landowners.

Telemark Museum in Skien shows farm buildings from all over Telemark, also including the mansion. Søndre Brekke and the surrounding Brekke Park with thousands of flowers.

The Telemark Canal still fascinates tourists from all over the world. This historic waterway was in 1892 called «the eighth wonder of the world. The canal connects the coast of Telemark with the mountains in the north by 8 locks and 18 lock chambers. The fairytale-like Dalen Hotel at the end of the Telemark Canal, was the natural stopover for travelers from eastern to western Norway in earlier days. Both kings and emperors have stayed here. Dalen Hotel is one of the biggest wooden buildings in Scandinavia, built in Romantic style, with dragon heads and spires.

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  1. Add Åmdals Verk Mines to your Itinerary

    Åmdals Verk Mines

    Tokke

    Exciting copper mine in a small community built upp due to mining.

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    Price NOK 40.- Per person to NOK 200.- Per day
  2. Add Boat trip with MS Fram, Vrådal to your Itinerary

    Boat trip with MS Fram, Vrådal

    Kviteseid

    Boattrip on lake Nisser! The veteran boat M/S Fram sails scheduled trips from Vrådal throughout the summer.

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    Price NOK 90.- Tickets
  3. Add Brekke Museum to your Itinerary

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    Brekke Museum

    Skien

    The Culture of Telemark

    Telemark Museum, Brekkeparken, shows the changes through time in our county.  Experiences of extravagance and modern theme exhibitions lie side by side in this museum.

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    Price NOK 30.- to NOK 150.- Admission
  4. Add Eidsborg Stave Church to your Itinerary

    Eidsborg Stave Church

    Tokke

    Charming, small stave church. Located by West Telemark Museum in Eidsborg.

    Price

    Price NOK 50.- Combination ticket to NOK 700.- Per year
  5. Add Evju old Courtyard to your Itinerary

    Evju old Courtyard

    Sauherad

    The Evju Bygdetun in Sauherad is an interesting and lively local museum in mid- Telemark situated between the villages Gvarv (4 km)and Bø (6 km). The old farm buildings date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

  6. Add Flatdal Church to your Itinerary

    Flatdal Church

    Seljord

    Flatdal Church is a timbered long church, built in 1654 on the site of an earlier stave church. In 1923 Bishop Bernt Støylen arranged for the crucifix, altarpiece and the canopy from the old stave church to be retrieved and placed in the church. The...

  7. Add Forteljing og song om Aasmund Olavsson Vinje to your Itinerary

    Forteljing og song om Aasmund Olavsson Vinje

    Vinje

    Folk music artist Aasmund Nordstoga tells the story of writer and 19th century journalist A. O. Vinje, at his childhood home Vinjestoga.

  8. Add Fyresdal Local History Museum to your Itinerary

    Fyresdal Local History Museum

    Fyresdal

    Fyresdal village museum is situated in Øyskogen (the island forest), which is an attractive park area in the centre of Fyresdal.

    Price

    Price NOK 60.- Per person
  9. Add Gea Norvegica to your Itinerary

    Gea Norvegica

    Nome

    Gea Norvegica Geopark is Scandinavia’s first UNESCO recognized geopark.

  10. Add Grimdalstunet to your Itinerary

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    Grimdalstunet

    Tokke

    Here at Grimdalstunet you can get a glimpse into the home of artist Anne Grimdalen. A mountain farm from the 1600s which today houses a museum with art gallery.

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    Price NOK 50.- Admission to NOK 200.- Per day
  11. Add  Guided tour of Tokke Power Station  to your Itinerary

    Guided tour of Tokke Power Station

    Tokke

    Guided walk through the history of the Telemark Canal and the powerplant at Dalen.

  12. Add Heavy Water War - The story to your Itinerary

    Heavy Water War - The story

    Tinn

    During the WWII Vemork in Rjukan was in focus for their production of heavy water. The heavy water war stopped the Germans in developing the atom bomb.

  13. Add Heddal Stave Church to your Itinerary

    Heddal Stave Church

    Notodden

    Visit Heddal Stavkirke - the largest stave church in Norway.

    Price

    Price NOK 25.- to NOK 80.- Per person
  14. Add Historical Dalen Hotel to your Itinerary

    Historical Dalen Hotel

    Tokke

    Dalen Hotel is a beautiful fairytale hotel build in 1894 in grand romantic style with dragon heads, towers, pinnacles and balconies.

  15. Add Home of A. O. Vinje - Vinjestoga to your Itinerary

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    Home of A. O. Vinje - Vinjestoga

    Vinje

    Vinjestoga is the childhood home of the poet, journalist and linguist Aasmund Olavsson Vinje (1818-1870).

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    Price NOK 40.- Per person to NOK 200.- Per day
  16. Add Home of Myllarguten - Myllarheimen to your Itinerary

    Home of Myllarguten - Myllarheimen

    Vinje

    Myllarheimen in Arabygdi, Vinje, is the home of the artist and fiddler Torgeir Augundson (1801-1872), better known as the "Millerboy".

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    Price NOK 60.- Per person
  17. Add In the footsteps of Edvard Munch to your Itinerary

    In the footsteps of Edvard Munch

    Kragerø

    Today you can walk this route by yourself and find plates with information and motives along the route. Pick up a brochure with map at the tourist- or serviceoffice and walk through the streets of Kragerø in Munch's footsteps.

  18. Add Jomfruland - A geologically tour to your Itinerary

    Jomfruland - A geologically tour

    Kragerø

    On this trip you´ll learn something about the origin of this beautiful island.

  19. Add Jomfrulandguiden to your Itinerary

    Jomfrulandguiden

    Kragerø

    Guided tours at the island Jomfruland with nature -and cultural experiences for everyone, on foot or by bike all year round

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