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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.

Attractions in Vestfold og Telemark

BandakBandak, Norway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

NorsjøNorsjø, Norway

Norsjø is a lake in the municipalities of Skien, Nome, and Sauherad in Vestfold og Telemark county, Norway. It is 55 km² in the area and 15 meters above sea level.  Norsjø is part of the Telemark Canal. Most rivers in Telemark meet Norsjø on their way before ending up in the Skien river or Porsgrunn river. Norsjø is a source of drinking water for the Skien municipality.

Norwegian Industrial Workers MuseumVemork, 3660 Rjukan, Norway

At the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, you will get a close encounter with Norwegian industrial - and war history. It is perhaps best known for its presentation of Rjukan's war history. Vemork was the location of one of the most important acts of sabotage during the Second World War when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing nuclear weapons using the heavy water produced here.

Rjukan FallsRjukan Falls, Tinn Municipality, Norway

Rjukan Falls is a waterfall of 104 metres in the western part of the West fjord valley in Tinn, a municipality in the county of Vestfold og Telemark, Norway, west of the industrial town Rjukan. The waterfall is a part of the Måne river, earlier a major tourist attraction, being one of the first floodlighted waterfalls by electricity produced by the same waterfall. In 1905 Rjukan Falls was built out to produce hydro electric power for the saltpetre production when Norsk Hydro was established.

Royal Norwegian Navy MuseumKommandørkaptein Klincks vei 9, 3183 Horten, Norway

The navy museum was founded in 1853 and has been in the old magazine on Karljohansvern since 1864. The "old department" is somewhat retained, but the museum has later grown to more than 2000 sqm, rich in information and close proximity to the many models and objects.  Outside the museum, you can enter a submarine on land or an MTB on the sea.

Sandefjord MuseumMuseumsgata 39, 3210 Sandefjord, Norway

A beautiful museum which was located in the Vestfold og telemark. This exhibition focuses on themes such as Norwegian discoveries and presence in the Antarctic, cultural meetings in the context of the whaling industry, family life and gender roles. The exhibition is largely based on the museum’s collections, as well as material on loan.

SeljordsvatnetSeljordsvatnet, Seljord Municipality, Norway

Seljord Lake is a lake in the municipality Seljord in Vestfold og Telemark, Norway. The main influx river is Vallaråi, and the lake drains through Bøelva. The lake covers an area of 16.7 km2. According to local folklore Selma, a sea serpent lives in the lake.

SkåtøySkåtøy, Kragerø Municipality, Norway

Skåtøy' is the largest island in Kragerø municipality in Telemark county, Norway.  Skåtøy was formerly a municipality. Skåtøy was separated from Sannidal on January 1, 1882. It was merged with Kragerø on January 1, 1960. It is the biggest island in the skerries outside the town of Kragerø, Norway. The island is 8.8 km2 and is partially wooded. It has only a small year-round population.

Skien ChurchKirkegata 1, 3717 Skien, Norway

Skien church was completed in 1894 after the great town fire.  It's build in the Gothic Revival style and the interior of the church is characterized by beautiful stained glass windows and glazed stone.  The church has one of the largest and best organs in Norway with 5200 pipes and 70 votes.

SlottsfjelltårnetSlottsfjelltårnet, 3111 Tønsberg, Norway

Slottsfjellet is Tønsberg's most striking landmark. The tower was completed in 1888 in connection with the city's 1000th anniversary. The tower is 17 meters high and has a fantastic view from the top. Inside the tower is the cross from St. Mary's Church, bricks found by the ruins, and an exhibition. Cato Enger's bronze model of old Tønsberg Castrum Tunsbergis stands outside the tower.

Telemark MuseumØvregate 41, 3715 Skien, Norway

Telemark Museum is a consolidated museum that included a number of museums within the Telemark area. It was founded in 1909 from a base at the Søndre Brekke farm. The farm is surrounded by Brekkeparken, a 36-acre park. The main attraction, aside from seasonal exhibits in the main halls of the farmhouse, is the outdoor museum. Several older houses and farms from the former county of Telemark have been moved from their original location and rebuilt on-site in the park.

The Borre MoundsBirkelyveien 9, 3182 Borre, Norway

Borre mound cemetery forms part of the Borre National Park at Horten in Vestfold og Telemark, Norway.[2][3] It is the largest burial mound site in Northern Europe.It is home to seven large and 21 smaller burial mounds.

The Telemark Canal3724 Skien, Norway

The Telemark Canal was hewn out of the rocks by hand well over 100 years ago, and when completed in 1892. Europeans described it as the "eighth wonder of the world". 500 men had worked for five years to dynamite their way through the rocks. The Canal consists of eight locks with a total of 18 lock chambers, and a difference in height of 72 metres.

TinnsjåTinnsjå, Norway

One of the largest lake in Norway and one of the deepest in Europe. It is also one of the beautiful tourist spots. Tinnsjå is part of the Skiensvassdrag, and drains via the Tinnelva river in the south, down to Heddalsvatn.

VråvatnVråvatn, Kviteseid Municipality, Norway

Vråvatn is a lake in Kviteseid municipality in Telemark. It is part of the Arendal watercourse and has its main inflow into the Folsetelva from Skredvatn, while the outlet is via Roholdtåi, or "Straumen", to Nisser.  In 1914, two locks were built in Straumen, Storstraum – Småstraumkanalen. This made it possible to travel the entire 50 km long stretch from Tveitsund south in Nisser to Vråliosen north in Vråvatn by boat.

Map of attractions in Vestfold og Telemark