The Telemark Canal - one of the most beautiful waterways in the world

The Telemark Canal was carved into the rock over 100 years ago. When the canal was completed in 1892, it was called the "eighth wonder". The canal connects the coast of Telemark with the interior through eight locks at a distance of 105 km from Skien to Dalen. It consists of two waterways; Skien- Dalen and Skien-Notodden. Therefore, it is now possible to experience the Telemark Canal by ferry, charter boats, your own boat, canoes and kayaks. In addition, you can also experience the canal by car, bicycle or on foot.

The Telemark Canal

Here you will the basics about the Telemark Canal – facts, history, maps, photos, videos and other practical information.

Timetable and prices

You can join a canal cruise from many quays along the route Skien - Dalen or Akkerhaugen - Lunde. Here you will find a timetable for the three canal boats, where they stop and ticket prices.


The Telemark Canal allows you to combine the fantastic nature along the waterways with activities such as hiking, bike cycling or by canoe or kayak.

With your own boat

It is a scenic holiday without stress and massive waves when you sail on the Telemark Canal onboard your own boat.

The Telemark Canal 20 times normal speed