‘A gorgeous view of south-east Norway’
Excellent place to catch Norwegian wildlife and perhaps do some painting, relaxing or photography.There is a spectacular flight of locks here on the Telemark canal, and a hydro electric scheme. There are fine restaurants.it is now possible to experience the Telemark Canal by ferry, charter boats, your own boat, canoes and kayaks. In addition, you can also experience the canal by car, bicycle or on foot.
Location and Approach:
The county is located in southeastern Norway, extending from Hardangervidda to the Skagerrak coast. The coastline extends from Langesundsfjorden to Gjernestangen at the border to Aust-Agder. Telemark has a very broken and heterogeneous landscape, including many hills and valleys.International road E 18 connects the southern Norway, a part from this Telemark consists of many railway lines connecting it.It is an easy and best way to approach this canal.There is also bus facility for tourists,The main bus routes are operated by Telemark Bilruter.The nearest airport with international flight connections is Sandefjord Airport Torp. Skien has a small airport with connections to western Norway.Telemark’s central location and varity of nature and attractions from coast to mountain, as well as its cultural heritage, makes it a popular place to visit.
The Telemark Canal, in reality two canals linked together (The Norsjø-Skien Canal (1861) and The Bandak-Norsjø Canal / Bandak Canal (1892)), is a string of pearls, and one of the “must-see” attractions of Norway.This canal connects Skien to Dalen in southern Norway by linking lakes that pass through a series of 18 locks.In Europe it is considered as the eighth wonder at the time it was finished.The Telemark canal was hewn out of the rocks by hand well over 100 years ago. 500 men had worked for five years to dynamite their way through the rocks.The Telemark canal stretches 105 kimlometers from Skien to Dalen. There are six municipalities which are known as Canal Municipalities.The Telemark canal consists of two lock complexes. The norsjo-Skien canal, which was completed in 1861, is the first stage. The Bandak-Norsjo canal, which was opened 31 years later, opens the connection between Norsjo and the Western Lakes to Dalen. The eight locks connect the sea to the inland.The canal became known as “the fast route” between Eastern and Western Norway and was also the most important transport route between upper and lower Telemark for people, domestic animals, goods and timber.
The landscape along the canal is rich and varied.At the Telemark Canal you can travel past the rural areas on the dynamic Queen Victoria boat, which will take you through the Telemark Canal from the coastal area. The Telemark Canal received the Europe Nostra award for its restoration techniques and preservation abilities. Enjoy a serene boat ride through the canal while interacting with the friendly locals.
The administration of the canal creates great values by the people paying to settle,establish,visit and buy the local goods and services along the canal.you may choose to take your own boat up the canal and return.The boats take you through a changing landscape with locks and canals, and across beautiful lakes in the heart of Telemark.: The Telemark Canal was built to float timber and move passengers from the woods out to the sea. In the summer it is very busy with tourists on the waterfronts. Lots of small boats coming and going and the owners walking and shopping around town
There are 18 lock chambers at 8 different locations.
The first chamber is Skien,the lift height is 5 meters and it takes 20 minutes to cross this chamber.In chamber one again we have two parts Lunde and Kjeldal each has a lift height of 3 meters and the passage of these chambers takes 15 minutes each.The second chamber is Eidsfoss and hogga with lift height 10 meters an 7 meters and the passage time is 30 min and 25 min.the third chamber has Loveid and Ulefoss and the last chamber is Vrangfoss.
The Hardangervidda – Norway´s largest national park – is considered to be one of the most beautiful cycling routes in Norway. The Krossobanen Cable Car whisks you up from Rjukan to the starting point 883 metres higher up. Here you have a fabulous view over Gaustatoppen to the south, Telemark’s highest mountain and often referred to as Norway’s most beautiful peak.The variations are many and the possibilities are almost indefinite, when it comes to combining biking with other means of transport.One of the most scenic cycle route follows the the spectacular Telemark Canal which stretches 115 km from Skien to Dalen, through a variety of landscapes and interesting cultural sights.On the south coast of Telemark you can follow the national cycle route No 1, passing through the charming coastal towns of Langesund and Brevik. Finally Telemark offers excellent mountain biking (MTB) in Nissedal and downhill cycling in Vradal.
Stay and livelihood:
Many Restaurants,Hotels,apartments,cottages,estates are availabe at reasonable price from costal area of grenland up to mountain areas.Newly married Couples can have their best spot as their destination.There are different kinds of hotels and camp sites throughout the country. Staying at a fishermen’s cabin is an experience out of the ordinary.