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Historical Trails

Hiking through the history of Telemark


Hike through beautiful nature and learn more about the culture and history of Telemakr at the same time. Telemark has a strong cultural identity that's flourishing with history. It is no wonder they call Telemark for the cradle of norwegian culture! In Walk Telemark you can find many hiking trails that will take you back in time.

Would you like to hike in footsteps of the saboteurs and follow the trip that these worldfamous rebels made? Along the hike you will get a better grasp of history and how these heroes from Telemark made it all the way to the factory in Vemork to blow ut up. This is definitely one of the famous happenings that occured during the Second World War.

Urban hiking with a hint of history

Did you know that Telemark was the county with the most ancient buildings in Norway? Maybe we can tempt you with a idyllic urban garden walk in beautiful Fyresdal? The cultural hike will take you through charming streets and farms, and into an old rural museum right in the middle of Fyresdal.

Foto: Hamish Moore

Hiking in UNESCO World Heritage

How about a charming urban walk in Rjukan? Rjukan was the first large industrial plant in Norway. Rjukan evolved from "nothing" to a city within 13 years – from a few farms with only 100 inhabitants, to a modern industrial city of a 10.000 people! Due to this industrial adventure that Rjukan went through, have they been placed on the Unesco World Heritage list. We recommend taking a walk through Rjukan and experience the history of this phenomenon with all its cultural and historical treasures. 

From the Telemark Canal to the West-Telemark Museum


If you are interested in history, we would like to recommend a hike from the pier in Dalen to the West-Telemark Museum in Eidsborg. On the way you'll pass Rui – where the sisters Ingerine and Gurine lived before who became a sensation throughout Norway due to their story. Ask the tourist information in Dalen for their story on Rui. In Eidsborg is additionally another hiking trail that will take you to Norway's largest whetstone quarry – a whole day full of hiking and new sensations!

Foto: Luke Tennant (1), og Synne Aasland (2)

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