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Holiday in Telemark—from the coast to Hardangervidda

Telemark is a county in which you can experience the idyllic and fertile southern coastal landscape of Midt-Telemark, its stave churches and the majestic Hardangervidda.

Telemark has much to offer but it is the stave churches and Hardangervidda that attract most of the tourists to the area. In summer the hiking terrain in Telemark is fantastic for anyone who likes to be outdoors and Gaustatoppen (Gausta Peak) is especially popular. You can look forward to a wonderful trip when you holiday in Telemark.

The coastal cities lies in the southern part of Telemark with places that are popular to visit such as Skien, Porsgrunn and Kragerø, which is a well-known holiday resort for Norwegians in the summer. Take in Brekkeparken and Telemarkskanalen (Telemark Canal), the latter with old wooden siphons that are operated manually. A trip on board the “Victoria” or the “Henrik Ibsen” is a romantic affair, especially when the sun is shining.

Telemark is perhaps best known for the many wonderful medieval churches in the area. Go to Heddal to see one of the most beautiful and biggest of the stave churches, the Heddal stavkirke (Heddal Stave Church). The church was built way back in the 1200s and there are less than 30 of these magnificent edifices throughout Norway.

If you like walking in the mountains, you have chosen the right place to visit in Telemark. Hardangervidda is the largest mountain plateau in northern Europe with numerous hiking trails. Den Norske Turistforening (Norwegian Trekking Association) has many huts where you can stay in the area, so you can embark on trips lasting several days—or just take a day trip.

You shouldn’t miss the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Rjukan and Notodden during your trip. It was here that Norsk Hydro (Norwegian Hydro) ran its pioneering experiment in the development of the electrochemical industry. Visit Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum (Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum) at Vemork to learn more about the history behind it. In Rjukan you can also see the Solspeilet (Sun Mirror), which ensures that the site has its square lit up during winter when it normally gets no direct sunlight.

Telemark is a versatile county that offers everything from idyllic summer swimming spots by the water to great hiking trails on Hardangervidda. Enjoy fantastic apple juice, made from apples grown in the area and enjoy your holiday in Telemark. If you enjoy outdoor experiences in nature, Telemark county is definitely for you!

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Telemark?

A: Get a rental car travel around like a local, not a tourist. Jump into the driver's seat and find out what Skien and Porsgrunn have to offer, from big-name attractions to off-the-beaten-path treasures. Your own set of wheels is also essential if the plan is to adventure around the region of Telemark or farther afield. Cheap Car Hire in Telemark? We've got you covered.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Telemark?

A: You're spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Telemark. The most popular places are hotels. But if that doesn't suit, you can also choose from apartments, guest houses, cabins and much more.

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A: Convenient flights, nice hotels and a set of wheels to travel around in — and that's not all there is. Expedia also has a variety of adventures and experiences. Check out what's on offer and start organising your ideal holiday.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Telemark?

A: You'll score some fantastic bargains when you bundle your Flights, Hotels and Activities. It's straightforward (and easy on your budget) to craft your own holiday package with a little help from Expedia. Why wait? It's time to turn those travel fantasies into reality and see more of this fascinating planet for less.

Q: What are the best things to do in Telemark?

A: If Skien has found its way onto your itinerary, you have plenty of choices. The most well-liked include Gimsoy Church, Kilebygda Church and Skien Tourist Information — head to these to appreciate why.

If your travel itinerary features Porsgrunn instead, Lundetangen Brewery Collection, Osebro Gallery and Gea Norvegica Geopark Siljan are all fabulous choices.

And last but not least, Notodden. Here, we'd suggest heading to Heddal Rural Museum, Heddal Stave Church and Heddal Stave Church.




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Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggeparken Rs10,205
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019
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Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggeparken

Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggeparken

Langbryggen 7, Skien
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very good location, excellent service and very friendly and helpful staff. Nice free dinner each evening and good breakfast, also included. Lovely and clean rooms.

    Comfort Hotel Porsgrunn Rs9,376
    Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019
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    Comfort Hotel Porsgrunn

    Comfort Hotel Porsgrunn

    Kammerherrelokka 3, Porsgrunn, Telemark (county)
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The Hotel although located in a central part of town but its entrance is very difficult to find especially the entrance to the garage . the shutters remain closed but one does not know that it will automatically open when approached nearer.

      Thon Hotel Hoyers Rs8,263
      Reviewed on 21 Nov 2019
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      Thon Hotel Hoyers

      Thon Hotel Hoyers

      Kongensgatan 6, Skien
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Quality Hotel Skjaergarden Rs8,915
        Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019
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        Quality Hotel Skjaergarden

        Quality Hotel Skjaergarden

        Stathelleveien 35, Langesund, Bamble, Telemark
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Our stay at the Quality Hotel Skjaergarden was not in our original plans. We were in the area in order to take the ferry from Norway to Denmark. However, due to our GPS sending us around in a huge circle, we got there just in time to see our ferry depart. The ferry personnel recommended Quality. ...

          Park Hotel Rjukan Rs12,121
          Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018
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          Park Hotel Rjukan

          Park Hotel Rjukan

          Sam Eydesgt 67, Tinn, Telemark
             
            3.1 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The hotel is very centrally located. It is an old, but charmy, relic from the past. Old and outdated furniture makes it a nostalic experience.

            Hotell Fritidsparken Rs11,456
            Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020
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            Hotell Fritidsparken

            Hotell Fritidsparken

            Moflatveien 59, Skien
               
              3.8 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Bra opphold. God mat og god service

              Lunde Vandrerhjem Rs5,083
              Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020
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              Lunde Vandrerhjem

              Lunde Vandrerhjem

              Tyrivegen 51c, Nome
                 
                4.9 of 5
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Stor leilighet med 1 soverom med 2 køysenger. Sovesofa i stuå. Kjøkken krok med tv. Stort bad. Kjøleskap og plass til og lage mat. Er felles kjøkken på vandrerhjemmet viss en trenger komfyr. Trampoline ute. Heilt knall. Og bra pris . Rett over 2000 for 3 netter for 2 voksne og 3 barm

                Raulandsakademiet og Vandrerhjem
                Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019
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                Raulandsakademiet og Vandrerhjem

                Raulandsakademiet og Vandrerhjem

                Akademiet 2, Vinje
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great place to stay. Very clean. Very peaceful and quiet location. Breakfast was great. Very friendly staff. Would stay here again.