The Telemark Canal
The Telemark Canal connects Skien to Dalen in southern Norway by linking several long lakes in the Skien watershed through a series of 18 locks. It runs a total of 105 kilometres and is a beloved landmark in the region. During the 19th century, when a portion of the canal was carved out of a mountain to connect two previously separate canals, Norwegians considered it the eighth wonder of the world.
There are 18 steps in all, through 8 locks lifting the boats up to 72 metre above sea level and more than 100 km into the heart of Telemark. Along the canal route are great walking and cycling paths as well as tranquil boat trips. The route is hilly and, in places, steep but well signposted and with little or no traffic.
The canal became known as “the fast route” between eastern and western Norway and was also the most important transport route between upper and lower Telemark for people, domestic animals, goods and timber.
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