34 attractions you should visit in Vestfold og Telemark - With photos & details

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Top 34 attractions to explore in Vestfold og Telemark

Vestfold of Telemark is a southernmost county in Eastern Norway, known for its vast forests, valleys, skiing, and rural churches.

BandakBandak, Norway
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful lake which was located in the  Vestfold og Telemark county, Norway. The lake, which is part of the Telemark Canal route, belongs to the Skien watershed.  It is also one of the main water resources in this area and also a nice picnic spot.

BletoppenBletoppen, Tinn Municipality, Norway
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Bletoppen is the highest summit on Blefjell, 1342 meters above sea level. Bletoppen is located in Tinn in Telemark. The view is nice in all directions. Places that are visible are: Gaustadtoppen, Hardangervidda, Jonsknuten, Skrimfjella. The summit is most easily reached by following a marked trail from the parking lot at Nordstul, 3 to 4 hours hike in the summer. Numerous shorter paths starts at the road to Fosskard and goes up the steep western side of Blefjell.

BolærneBolærne, Færder, Norway
Other

Bolærne is an archipelago in the outer part of Oslofjord, in the municipality Nøtterøy in Vestfold, Norway. The islands have a total land area of 2.6 km². The largest island, Mellom Bolæren, covers 1.1 km². The easternmost island is Østre Bolæren. The islands have been inhabited by fishermen from the 16th century. There was a coastal fortress from 1916 to 2002. The archipelago is included in the Færder National Park, which was established in 2013.

Eidsborg Stave ChurchMuseumsvegen 9, 3891 Høydalsmo, Norway
Churches

This small stave church is located close to West Telemark Museum, location Eidsborg. The Eidsborg Stave Church is believed to be built between 1250 and 1270 and is one of the best-preserved examples of 28 protected stave churches in Norway this is quite a contrast to the Middle Ages when there were more than 1000 stave churches in the country. This unique building form is seen as Norway’s contribution to world architecture.

Færder NasjonalparkSkåeveien 41, 3145 Tjøme, Norway
National Parks

Færder National Park is one of two marine national parks in Norway, and like Ytre Hvaler National Park it enjoys an easily accessible location in Eastern Norway. The park covers 340 square kilometers of mainland, islands, skerries, and sea bed in the municipalities of Tjøme and Nøtterøy in Vestfold county. The park was established to preserve a characteristic coastal landscape with great biodiversity and relatively untouched countryside.

FredriksvernHavnegaten 1, 3290 Stavern, Norway
Iconic Buildings
Man-made Structures- Other

Fredriksvern shipyard in Stavern is one of the best-preserved military installations from the Baroque period in Denmark-Norway. The area is protected. This was the first military facility in Stavern. About 10 years later, the military blockhouse was continued in the form of a fortified fort. The fort received a permanent garrison of 13 men and its own commander in 1689.

Fulehuk Lighthouse3133 Duken, Norway
Lighthouses

Fulehuk fyr is a lighthouse built in the early 1800's on the archipelago Rauer due southeast from Østre Bolæren. It was lit for the first time in 1821 and was closed as a lighthouse in 1989. The lighthouse offer accommodation up to 40 people in the lighthouse and Naustloftet. The lighthouse itself is operated by the association of Fuglehuks friends, looked after by the foundation Fulehuk Fyr. Its been renovated by the association, and visitors can enjoy the stunning view from the top of the towe

GaustatoppenGaustatoppen, Tinn Municipality, Norway
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The highest mountain in the Vestfold og Telemark county and is famous for its mesmerizing views, as one can see an area of approximately 60,000 km², one-sixth of Norway's mainland. The summit is accessible on foot in the summer, on a rocky pathway of medium difficulty, although the southern side of the mountain is very dangerous and inaccessible. The wreckage of an airplane crash lies there, as it is too difficult to remove it.

Gautefall SkisenterGautefallveien 1155, 3750 Drangedal, Norway
Skiing Spots
Mountain Peaks

Gautefall is a compact ski resort with excellent accommodations. Gautefall is a family destination - with a focus on children and families. Gautefall Ski Resort has 15 slopes and 1 chairlift, 5 surface lifts and one roll band, which has a total capacity of 7000 people per hour. Gautefall have snow canons ensuring good conditions throughout the winter.

GrimdalstunetBorsævegen 395B, 3880 Dalen, Norway
Museums

Grimdalstunet is an old farmyard, now a museum, in the hamlet Skafså in Tokke municipality, Telemark. It is known as an artist's home as the sculptor Anne Grimdalen was born and raised here.

Hardangervidda National Park CenterMøsvannveien 1149, 3660 Rjukan, Norway
National Parks

Hardangervidda National Park at 3,422 square kilometres, is Norway's largest national park. It spans from Numedal and Uvdal in the east and Røvelseggi and Ullensvang in the west across the Hardanger mountain plateau. Designated as a national park in 1981, today it serves as a popular tourist destination for activities such as hiking, climbing, fishing, and cross-country skiing.

Haugar Vestfold KunstmuseumGraabrødregaten 17, 3110 Tønsberg, Norway
Museums

In Haugar Art Museum, right in the heart of Tønsberg, you can experience great art in the permanent and current exhibitions. However, the museums also have different exhibitions throughout the year, which means its worth visiting more than ones.

Heddal BygdetunHeddalsvegen 385, 3676 Notodden, Norway
Museums

Heddal Open Air Museum is located near the historic Heddal Stave Church. Heddal Museum has various buildings representative of the history of local farming dating from the Middle Ages and up to the 1930s. Fyrileivstugu, a living room interior dating from 1932, was transferred to Heddal Museum in 1990. It was the work of noted woodcarver and rosemaling artist, Olav Fyrileiv who was a Telemark native.

Heddal stave churchHeddalsvegen 412, 3676 Notodden, Norway
Churches

Norway's largest stave church built in the 1200s and still in use. Rose paintings from the 1600s, "bishop's chair" and incense vessels from medieval times. Guided tours in English, exhibition in the vicarage barn, open parallel with the guided tours. Cafeteria serving hot and cold meals. Church services and "quiet room".

Istrehågan, Iron age Cemetary3280 Tjodalyng, Norway
Old Ruins

Istrehågan is a burial ground from the early age of migration, with 5 stone settings from around 400-600 AD. Remains from persons, beer's paws, china, a needle, and other grave gifts are found at Jåberg in Tjølling.  The cultural monument Istrehågan consists of five stone settings and two ship settings. The biggest one is 25 meters long and consists of 18 single erect stones.

JomfrulandJomfruland, Kragerø Municipality, Norway
National Parks

Jomfruland National Park includes a large nature area on the coast with national and partly international value. Particularly valuable is the great variety in landscapes and habitat types, with great biological and geological diversity on land and at sea. Many sub-areas at sea and on land have national natural value, and a number of sub-areas on land have national landscape value. The characteristic pebble beach on Jomfruland has international natural historical value as a deposit from the last

Karljohansvern3183 Horten, Norway
Forts

A national fortification which is surrounded by protected nature and the Oslofjord. Karljohansvern was the Norwegian Navy's main base and is a magnificent military-historical cultural area.  There is also a great museum and recreation area.

Lighthouse LangesundLangøytangen, 3970 Langesund, Norway
Lighthouses

Langøytangen Lighthouse is a fully automated coastal lighthouse situated on the island of Langøya in Langesund in the municipality of Bamble, Norway. It marks the southern point of the Langesund sound. It is available for rental for overnight guests.

MølenMølen, Larvik Municipality, Norway
Beaches

Mølen is the name of the fantastic coastline between Helgeroa and Nevlunghavn. Here you will find spectacular burial mounds, exciting boulder landscapes, the country's largest pebble beach, and a fantastic hiking area with, among other things, the coastal path that winds through the entire area.

NisserNisser, Norway
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Nisser is a lake in Nissedal, Norway. It is the 13th-largest lake in the nation by area with a surface area of 76.30 km², the 10th largest by volume at 7.19 km³, and the 13th deepest at 234 m. It is located in Nissedal and Kviteseid municipality in Vestfold og Telemark county and is Telemark's largest lake. Part of the Arendal watershed, water enters from the discharge of Vråvatn, and its outlet is the Nisserelva river.

Map of attractions in Vestfold og Telemark