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The Telemark Canal

Type:Boat trips

Unionsgata 18, Kunnskapsverkstedet, 3732, Skien

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The Telemark Canal stretches 105 km from Skien to Dalen, from the coast of Telemark through a beautiful natural and cultural landscape to the feet of the high Hardanger Mountain Plateau. The canal has 8 locks, the first of which was finished in 1861. 500 men worked on the canal night and day for 5 years to complete it in 1892, and it was recognized as one of the most spectacular waterways in all of Europe. The height difference is 72 meters.

You can travel the canal with the MS Viktoria or the MS Henrik Ibsen, which sail between Skien and Dalen during the summer season. The MS Telemark sails daily from Akkerhaugen to Lunde during the summer season.

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Recent Reviews:

  • Mr-Bloma
    Oslo, Norway
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Wonderful day at the river
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 1st August 2018
    We took the full journey from Skien to Dalen with the family. 4 children from 5 to 13. The first 5 hours went well, but the kids found it a bit boring the last 5 hours without any locks and the... Read full review
  • PeterinWales
    Wrexham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A wonderful trip
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th September 2018
    We had a superb trip on m/s Victoria from Ulefoss to Dalen and back. The views and scenery were outstanding as is Dalen Hotel (although a bit overpriced even for Norway). We spent the nigh before... Read full review
  • sivcathb
    Cape Neddick, Maine
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Spectacular canal boat trip
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th January 2019
    Visiting Telemark and wonder what to do? If it is canal trip season (May through August, if not longer) you definitely have to try this. You can select a full day, inclusive a hotel night in Dahlen... Read full review

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