The Telemark Canal
The Telemark Canal
4.5
Bodies of WaterPoints of Interest & Landmarks
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Marina S
Oslo, Norway19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 15 July 2023
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Bål K
Oslo, Norway47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
It’s a very beautiful part of Telemark. A recommended travel location. Great location for swimming in clean fresh water.
Written 11 July 2023
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Andrew K
Eastern Norway, Norway21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Chose the half-day trip from Skien-Lunde-Skien. It was a little tricky to find the departure area in Skien, but all the staff were very friendly the whole way -- from the ticket office to the bus driver, and especially all the staff on the Henrik Ibsen. The day started out a little grey and dreary, but once we were on Norsjø lake, it was like a sunny mirror! Perfect for photos.

The ship and journey is also like a step back in time from the turn of the 20th century and feels really special. The majority of the locks are manual and you experience travel as the first passengers did. The bar below deck is also very pretty.

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who likes history, photography, boating or wants to relax on a lovely ship in a beautiful part of Norway.
Written 29 May 2022
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Gone Walkabout
Tonsberg, Norway550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 June 2021
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Hi! thanks for this excellent review. Welcome back for a longer trip next time!
Written 14 July 2021
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KongHans1
Kristiansand, Norway362 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is an outstanding experience, especially for people from 50 and up (if you go the whole trip - 11 hours on the ship). Wonderful landscape the whole journey, through several manmade canal locks. Most of them manually operated. I brought with me a book for reading if it got too boring - didn't even think of it at all!
Visit their home page for more information and travel suggestions, which are many.

If you read Norwegian, it could be wise to buy a written guide on board (NOK200) with lots of costly information to read when sailing on. Buy that one at once when you go on board. It covers the whole journey, and more.

The crew are all polite and well doing. Restaurant on board is super!

However, there are some major flaws that pulls this tour from a sparkling 5-star to a medium 3-star experience in my opinion. May be even lower.

Smoking is allowed on deck! The ship is certified for 180 passengers (reduced nowadays because of Corona) - it is a rather small boat, and it is impossible to not be inflicted by those who smokes. That should not be possible in year 2020...

If you go for the buss return from Dalen to Skien, in the worst case be prepared to stay on your two feet the whole journey (more than 2 hours), or not coming with the bus at all (could be full). Not acceptable these days thinking of Covid-19. The offer with bus return is sort of standing alone, since you must take an ordinary bus with limited seats for boat passengers, depending on the amount of ordinary bus passengers. You have no guarantee coming with it! Next bus is the next morning.

To avoid this, be the first person to go on shore when the ship embanks!!
Written 19 July 2020
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Siv Cath B
Cape Neddick, ME33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 15 January 2019
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PeterinWales
Wrexham, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We had a superb trip on m/s Victoria from Ulefoss to Dalen and back. The views and scenery were outstanding as is Dalen Hotel (although a bit overpriced even for Norway).

We spent the nigh before our canal trip in the Lock Keepers' house at Vrangfoss which was also wonderful and Ronny & Mats are wonderful hosts both there and at Slusemesteren Veranda.

In all a very special trip
Written 10 September 2018
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Mr-Bloma
Oslo, Norway18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 1 August 2018
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Inga S
Aarhus, Denmark1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The only thing they care about is canal ships! They have no respect to other boats who paid a lot of money to sail there. Be aware that 1,5 h waiting time can easily get to 3h without bigger explanations!
Nature around is nice but when people in locks are so rude and ruining vacation then it’s not worth it.
Shame. 😒
Never doing it again!
Written 19 July 2018
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_bernardducros63
Skien, Norway6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Extremely nice and powerful nature seen from the river, passin throught narrow river to the Norsjø lake. Several docks too. Worth a visit
Written 19 June 2018
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