Top things to do in The Telemark Canal

Top Choice Church in Notodden

Heddal Stave Church

This fairy-tale church is the largest and one of the most beautiful of Norway's 28 remaining stave churches. As always, it's constructed around Norwegian pine support pillars, 12 large ones and six smaller ones, all…
Museum in Skien

Henrik Ibsenmuseet

Author, playwright and so-called 'Father of Modern Drama' Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien on 20 March 1828. In 1835 the family fell on hard times and moved out to the farm Venstøp, 5km north of Skien, where they stay…
International in Dalen

Lastein Bryggje Kafè

This pretty riverside shed is one of the most scenic places in town, with a huge deck strewn with old-fashioned cane chairs and lap rugs. The menu offers the standards you've come to expect: burgers, fish and chips,…
Church in Dalen

Eidsborg Stave Church

High above town on the Rv45 to Høydalsmo, the quaint, 13th-century Eidsborg Stave Church, dedicated to St Nicolas, has but a single nave and is in particularly good shape. The grounds are open year-round, and a care…
Music in Notodden

Notodden Blues Festival

A long-running festival with lots of stellar headliners, along the lines of Robert Plant, ZZ Top, Little Stevie and Joss Stone.
Factory in Skien

Porsgrund Porselænsfabrikk

In Porsgrunn, just south of Skien, is one of Norway's best-known and longest-running porcelain factories. You can book a tour to see artisans painting the famous 'straw' pattern, done with the finest of brushes, or …