The city of Skien
The Telemark Canal
Skien is the capital of Telemark by virtue of being the oldest and largest town and where the county administration is located. Henrik Ibsen´s childhood home, Nordre Venstøp in Gjerpen, lies slightly north of Skien.
Directly above Skien town centre is the beautiful Brekkeparken park and the Telemark Fylke museum.
The Telemark Canal start in Skien and is the only canal system in Norway connected to the sea. 18 lock levels divided over 8 lock systems litt boats 72 metres above sea level to the lake of Flåvatn. From here beautiful lake and river reaches take the traveller on to Dalen, 150 km inland, in the heart of the mountains of southern Norway. The contrast between the broad agricultural districts, the wilderness and the old industrial sites makes the Telemark Canal one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe.