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Summer in Telemark

What kind of a summer holiday are you interested in?

  1. kayaking on the Telemark Canal in the lock chamber
    Telemark offers a variety of activities, from hilly mountains to a beautiful coastline. It is also said that Telemark is Norway in a miniature. It offers scenic mountain views, paddling on quiet waters or between islands in the archipelago, a variety of cycling trails and beautiful forest trails.
  2. Family holidays
    Your family holiday in Telemark will be experiencing Norway in a nutshell: here you'll find family and leisure parks, a splendid waterpark and fun activities for young and old. The range of attractions and activities in Telemark stretch from the beautiful and rugged mountain peaks to the soothing waves of the archipelago.
  3. Soria Moria sauna at Dalen
    Telemark, with its majestic mountains, spectacular lakes, and rich cultural heritage, is tailor-made for adventurous souls who dream of checking off items on their life's bucket list.
  4. Holiday with friends and loved ones
    Whether you are travelling with your friends or your partner, Telemark offers a wide range of exciting experiences for both friends and romantics. Here you will find something for every one; from nature- and action experiences to culinary- and cultural experiences.
  5. lady in red dress walks towards the entrance to Sondre Brekke Gård
    In Norway you will find many cultural experiences: New culture and ancient culture. Rural culture and urban culture. Cultural heritage and contemporary culture. A holiday in Telemark will really contribute to Norwegian cultural experiences. Check out art exhibitions, festivals, dining experiences, Munch hiking, concerts and much more.
  6. Inspiration
    Get great tips and be inspired on your trip to Telemark. Discover and experience everything the region has to offer: top summer and winter activities, attractions, museums, local produce and much more.

Top things to see in Telemark

  1. Gaustatoppen in Telemark
    The mountain Gaustatoppen in Rjukan in Telemark county is easily accessable and one of the most beautiful mountains in Norway.
  2. Visit the magnificent Heddal Stave church in Notodden - the largest wooden stave church in Norway.
    1. family at Henrik Ibsen Museum Venstøp
      Visit the Henrik Ibsen museum in Skien and experience the playwright's childhood home as it was when Henrik lived here. Try skittles, puppetry or dress up.
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    2. The beaver beach
      Scandinavia's largest waterpark, Bø Sommarland, is one of Telemark's most visited attractions with more than 20 different pools and slides.
      1. UNESCO World Heritage
        Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. In Telemark both Rjukan and Notodden are on the UNESCO list.
      2. MS Henrik Ibsen on the Telemark Canal
        The Telemark Canal with its beautiful locks starts in Skien and ends in Dalen. Join various day trips or boat trips with accommodation.
      3. Museums & Galleries
        Exhibitions of many kinds are held all over the county during the summer season; paintings, sculptures, pottery, folk art and much more are on display and for sale.
      4. boat from Canal Boats Telemark is located in a bay
        Canal Boats Telemark AS is the first Norwegian company to rent out 100% electric cabincruisers. Canal Boats Telemark introduces a whole new way of boating.
      5. Lådalstigen is a fantastic hike between Dalen and Lårdal. A large part of the hike follows the mountain ridge 800 metres above the Telemark Canal.
      6. Stråholmen and Jomfruland in South
        Jomfruland National Park was established on 16 December 2016 and covers an area of 117 km2(45 sq mi), including the islands of Jomfruland and Stråholmen. About 98% in the park area is sea.
      7. Viewpoint Rognsåsen on Kyststien in Bamble with a view towards Rognstranda
        The Bamble coastal path starts at the library in Stathelle and finishes at Fossing in Krageø, covering a stretch of approx, 62 km.
      8. Steinvika i Bamble
        As the first geopark in Scandinavia, Gea Norvegica became member of the Global Geoparks Network/European Geoparks Network in 2006.

      Get more inspiration

      1. the lighthouse tower at the island of Jomfruland
        A tour of Telemark will be packed with exciting attractions and experiences. Visit climbing parks, see the country’s largest stave church, check out an interactive porcelain museum, take a refreshing dive in water parks, enjoy delicious ice cream in the coastal cities, experience a silver mine, visit the World Heritage and admire the spectacular lock systems!
      2. Hiking in Telemark
        Walk Telemark: Astonishing - safe - accessible! We present to you both short and easy walks and strenuous daytrips, from lowlands to highlands - from a local town centre 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.
      3. Cycling in Telemark
        Explore hundreds of kilometers bike trails in Norway’s largest bike region – Telemark. Our huge variety of cycle paths cover everything from national routes along Telemark coastline and Telemark Canal to forest rides, mountain bike, downhill and off-road cycling.
      4. Skiing and winter activities in Telemark
        Telemark is Norway's largest ski region and can offer beautiful cross-country tracks, gorgeous nature, snowboard and ski resorts, off-piste sensations and modern alpine experiences.