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Telemark Canal, Norway

Telemark is one of Norway's foremost vacation areas. Its varied and spectacular scenery mixes well with its sense of fun and enjoyment with something to do for all the family. From theme parks to countryside activities, Telemark has something for everyone, whatever the season.

The diversity of the landscape adds excitement to the area. Seaswept rocky shores merge with open farmlands, vast forests and narrow valleys. Steep mountains plunge into bottomless lakes or widen into endless mountain moors rolling onward to the horizon.

The Telemark Canal

The Telemark Canal was etched in the mountains for well over 100 years ago, and when the canal was completed in 1892 the rest of Europe called it the eighth wonder of the world". Five hundred men had worked for five years, blasting their way through the mountains. With a total of 28 lock chambers, the route was cleared from Skien to the ancient Norwegian town of Dalen, a sailing route of 105 km and with an elevation difference of 72 meters.