The Telemark Canal
The Telemark Canal
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Gone Walkabout
Tonsberg, Norway563 contributions
May 2021
We went only one stop this time from Dalen to Lårdal, but we wish we could go further.
The boat Henrik Ibsen was very nice and the crew was delightfully welcoming and helpful. Covid measures were well taken care of and we felt safe in every way. It is a special atmosphere on the canal boats, I have been with them 5 times and it is always a pleasure.
Written June 2, 2021
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Hi! thanks for this excellent review. Welcome back for a longer trip next time!
Written July 14, 2021
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Marina S
Oslo, Norway16 contributions
Jul 2023
Beautiful trip from Skien to Lunde by boat along the Telemark Canal. Nice scenery.
Very interessting to see how the locks funkcion.
The crew on the boat Henrik Ibsen were welcoming and helpful. Highly recommended.
Written July 15, 2023
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RoyalKitty51
Smyrna, DE32 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
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 believe it or not manually operated. Funny but it wasn't till the third lock we realized it was the same crew from lock to lock operating the gates! When we got to Lunde all but two passengers and us got off. From there to Dalen it was like a private ship and the Steward gave us blankets so we could sit outside and enjoy the scenery. It wasn't cold but the wind was nippy. Ronny and his assistant in the Food and Beverage department were great and had all kinds of tips for our future travel. There were more bands and speeches from mayors at more stops along the way and upon arriving in Dalen the band played and everyone was given flowers by girls in native costume as we exited the ramp to our awaiting car to the hotel.
The hotel was all that we read and more. Food of a five star restaurant with great service and a chef who came out and made himself known and shared travel stories. That was a new experience for us and we took a long walk after to ease some of the guilt about indulging in such a large dinner. Village is quaint and picturesque. If you are game and have daylight hike up to where the sisters lived who are pictured on the tourist office door. It isn't far but quite steep so you will need sturdy shoes or hiking boots. The bus ride back to Skien the next day was promptly ontime and picked us up at the hotel door. The switchbacks in the beginning on a bus were not what one is accustomed to when they are from a land below sea level. Bus driver enlightened us with the correct pronunciation of Skien which sounds like "schan."
Written June 3, 2014
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HowlnBubba
Key Largo, FL1,449 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
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 dock in Skien at the indicated time and parking was plentiful. We got a parking pass in a second, and waited for boarding. Boarding was at the appointed time, as was departure.
As we had been advised by a friend, we got on as quickly as possible - without running over anyone - and got to the bow area on the upper deck. Now, it was a little chilly and damp, having rained before dawn, but trust me, if it isn't unbearably cold or actually raining, get the bow seats! They have blankets, and bringing a rain jacket is usually a good idea. We had the best seats in the house, and enjoyed every minute.
It remained overcast and damp until we were halfway across Lake Norsjo. Then the sun gradually came out and the ride after Ulefoss was sunny and pleasant. At the Eidfoss locks, passengers are given the opportunity to disembark for a hike along to the Vrangfoss locks. My wife took the walk while I stayed onboard. It gave some unusual opportunities to get photos of each other.
The lock operations were interesting and, all too soon, we arrived at Lunde, where we got off. We had to get on with our trip, but we both would have loved to do the rest of the canal to Dalen. For those who consider the leg of the canal from Lunde to Dalen, keep in mind that there are only three more locks, in two locations, so the bulk of the trip is lake and river cruising. We'd do it, but some people are more interested in the locks.
Scenery was great, and it was supplemented by pre-recorded PA narratives that were very informative and were in Norske, German and English.
We went down to the forward dining salon for Norwegian waffles and jam, and it was really enjoyable.
At the landing at Lunde, you can get a bus back to Skien (I think you have to arrange it before leaving Skien (Nkr 150). It is actually about 200 meters from the dock, but there are signs and it's a pleasant walk.
This was really worthwhile, and I hope to return for the rest of the cruise.
Written September 13, 2013
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AnneMaree219
Tathra, Australia5 contributions
Jul 2012 • Solo
I have just returned from a trip to France, Spain and Norway and I would have to say one of the absolute highlights was the trip up the Telemark Canal. I chose to do the entire trip from Skien to Dalen and stayed overnight at The Dalen Bed and Breakfast which I would highly recommend. Awesome scenery the entire way, fascinating lock system and Dalen is a magical town, a must see at least O/N experience. I went to the Dalen Hotel for an explore and a glass of wine which was also amazing. I was fortunate to have a sunny day but was still quite rugged up as I sat on the deck and it does get very windy and chilly particuarly at the end of the trip. They serve food and drink on the boat and it is not too expensive and quite varied. I caught the bus back the next day which you can organise when you book your Ferry ticket.
Written August 10, 2012
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2rleiv
Dalen, Norway28 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Unlike most of our daily lives this is an experience without any stress factors. Leave your watch unattended and relax. Many visitors enjoy the locks, but I prefer the long lakes in the upper part of the canal. However, the narrow canals between Ulefoss and Flåbygd is also very beautiful. If the weather is good, find a seat on the deck and enjoy the view. When arriving Dalen, don't miss a visit at wonderful Hotel Dalen.
Written April 25, 2016
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MountainboyGeilo
Geilo, Norway31 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
It is a must do experience, i have been there With Foreign Groups - and they loved it. Summertime...
Written September 22, 2014
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COSTGA
Dorchester, UK284 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
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 the chef. The fish main course was delicious.
Written December 29, 2012
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Siv Cath B
Cape Neddick, ME36 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
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 Hotel, or you can select parts of the canal. Doesn't matter, you will enjoy this trip. Of his worth what you pay. You can buy food and drinks onboard, but my experience is that this cost a bit too much...
Written January 15, 2019
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Mr-Bloma
Oslo, Norway21 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
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 beautiful scenarie entertained the adults. The food was good but it it an idea to bring some reserves.
Written August 1, 2018
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