Telemark Canal Cruise
Three tours showcase the Telemark region and the historic Telemark canal cruises.
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4 days - Explore the Telemark Canal and stay at the historic Dalen Hotel
The Telemark Canal is the waterway that connects the town of Skien to the town of Dalen in Southern Norway. 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. Enjoy the trip along this canal from the deck on one of the historical canal boats M/S Henrik Ibsen & M/S Victoria - little has changed since it was done 150 years ago. Relax on-board as the historical landscape, steep mountains in the grand western fjords, narrow channels, open water and lakes pass you by.
This four-day tour includes meals and lodging along the way at the luxurious Dalen Hotel, which looks as if it was plucked straight from a fairytale.
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Local train tickets, canal bus & historic Telemark Canal voyage.
Accommodation in Oslo, international flights, meals not described in the itinerary and items of personal nature.
In the morning join either of the two historic canal boats MS Victoria or MS Henrik Ibsen on the famous Telemark Canal from Skien to Dalen. Departing from Skien you may always start your day with a delicious on-board breakfast if you have not yet had this at your hotel (extra cost applies and is paid locally). The journey takes 10 hours and takes you through beautiful Norwegian countryside. Lunch is served on-board, also at extra cost. You will pass 18 locks and arrive in Dalen in the afternoon.
Stay at the historic Hotel Dalen built in a Swiss style in the late 19th century. The hotel is a landmark for Norwegian cultural heritage. Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant and is inspired by Telemark as a region with high quality products and long culinary traditions.
Spend a free day in Dalen to explore the region by bike or on foot. There is plenty of beautiful nature and history in the area. You can also go canoeing, sauna down at the lake at the new Soria Moria Sauna, fishing or horse riding, or just relax at the hotel with a good book. Overnight Dalen Hotel with half board.
Take the canal bus back to Skien, and the train to Oslo. You will arrive in Oslo in the early/mid afternoon.
All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs.
Please ask us about the small cost of including the new Sauna, Soria Maria into your package.
Please note that this trip can easily be shortened or lengthened. Call us for more options, as it is just such a lovely place in the world to explore.
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