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The Telemark Canal

Skien, Norway
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Skien
Type: Bodies of Water, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Recommended by a friend. We sailed from Lund to Ulefoss. Great quartet of percussionist (kids) before we boarded. Boat (Henryk Ibsen) gleamed inside and out. Marvelous trip through multiple locks.

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Solihull
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I joined the "Victoria" a fine old ship captained by Ray who celebrates his 50th birthday on July 7th, at Ulefoss which is half an hours drive north of Skien. We stayed on until we got to Lunde and enjoyed going through two series of locks which have lifts of up to 5.5M each. The boat also... More

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Smyrna, Delaware
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Reading the reviews on here and knowing we were a five minute walk from the departure in Skien we decided to "go all the way!" It was the first trip of the season and a band played at our departure. The weather was bright and sunny and the scenery was from a fairy book. The locks were very interesting and... More

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We chartered the Skarsfos (one of the channel boats) for a short cruise from Skien to Skotfos for my daughter's confirmation party. It was only a short trip, but it was a very nice trip indeed. The view is awsome, The skipper/owner (Asbjørn Lia) is a very knowledgable guide and a good host. After the trip we stayed in the... More

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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289 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This was a major activity on my wife's wish list, and it was just as good as we read/heard/expected. First, the price was, in my opinion one of the most reasonable in terms of what we got in return for anything we did in Norway. Second, everything we were told to expect, happened as advertised. We showed up at the... More

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Havant, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We saw a lock in action but had no time unfortunately to take the boat up the canal; however, we visited the arrival point at Dalen, which was also a bit of a non event (apart from the beautiful hotel there is nothing there.). The Norwegians don't make enough of their heritage assets.

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Bergen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've spent many weeks exploring the canal between Lunde and Dalen and I would say it is my favourite place on Earth. The best way to see it is by canoe and there are plenty of places to camp along the way. During the evening you stand a good chance of encountering beavers, whose dam are apparent throughout the canal.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We drove to Ulefoss and parked (free, secure location). Bus comes along, takes you to Lunde Sluse, where you board the boat. Bus pickup is 12:35 pm (their transportation system is amazingly precise). Boat comes back downstream to Ulefoss, arrives 3:20 p.m. Long enough to get the sense of the canal without worrying about getting bored. There's a sliver mining... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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157 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We stopped at the locks overnight in our motorhome. There is a spectacular flight of locks here on the Telemark canal, and a hydro electric scheme. There is a fine restaurant the Cafe Slusemestern where we had a fantastic meal. The setting is spectacular, and we dined outside on the terrace served by a lovely Norwegian waitress, her boyfriend was... More

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Skien, Norway
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

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. The canal's 105 km can be experienced on one of the original steamers; or by own boat; or by canoe / kayak; by foot; or by... More

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