Norway’s deep south – Telemark canal and gold coast of Norway

/Norway’s deep south – Telemark canal and gold coast of Norway
Norway’s deep south – Telemark canal and gold coast of Norway 2017-02-01T15:12:48+00:00

Project Description

8 Days roundtrip

A tour through the great contrasts of Norwegian nature and culture: from the Telemark region with its deep valleys where ancient craft traditions are still preserved, via the rough mountain plateaus and deep fjords to the sunny archipelago coast with Viking heritage, rich maritime traditions, charming white wooden houses and modern oil industry.

Day 1: Arrival in Oslo

Arrival in Oslo and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Oslo / Vrådal (290 km)

3 h city tour in Oslo including the Vigeland Park with its 200 sculptures, the royal palace, the new opera building and the city hall. By coach via the old silver town Kongsberg to Heddal Stave Church, one of the only 28 preserved stave churches from the 13th century. Arrival in Vrådal.

Day 3: Rjukan excursion

Through forests and meadows with cows, sheep and goats pasturing on both sides of the road to Rauland where we reach the mountain plateau at 1300-1700 m, way above the tree line. We pass several old farms in the traditional Telemark style. Visit to “Vemork” In Rjukan, the Worlds biggest power plant in 1911. During World War II the German army used this plant to acquire heavy water with the goal of producing nuclear weapons. The allied troops managed to sabotage the production in the spectacular “Gunnerside” operation which is still considered the most successful act of sabotage during World War II. On the way back we pass the highest point of Southern Norway: Gaustatoppen (1883 m).

Day 4: Telemark Canal

Morning cruise on board a traditional ship on the charming Telemark canal. The tour goes through several locks. Afternoon on your own in Vrådal (Nordic walking, visit to Eidsborg Stave church or a mine can be arranged).

Day 5: Vrådal / Stavanger (175 km)

Across the mountains to the gorge “Suleskarvegen” and towards Lysefjorden. Panoramic view from 640 m altitude and through the 27 impressive road curves to Lysebotn where we take the ferry to Stavanger.

Day 6: Stavanger / Kristiansand (255 km)

City tour in Stavanger with beautiful wooden houses, medieval cathedral and a canning museum! Stavanger has always been a rich merchant and maritime town. Today it is the center of Norwegian off shore industry. Along the coast to Flekkefjord and the southern most point of Norway: Cape South with Lindesnes Lighthouse. Continue to Kristiansand, an old maritime town.

Day 7: Kristiansand / Oslo (325 km)

On the journey back to Oslo we get to enjoy the charming landscapes of the golden and rich south coast with beautiful white wooden houses and archipelago islands.

Day 8: Departure from Oslo

Transfer to the airport and departure.

Services

  • 7 x accommodation w/half board in good tourist class hotels (outskirts of Stavanger and Oslo), rooms w. shower / WC

  • Local guide for 3 h city tour in Oslo and Stavanger (no entrances incl.)

  • Coach transportation day 1-7 + airport transfer day 8.

  • Ferry crossing Lysebotn / Lauvvik.

  • Boat cruise on Telemark Canal.

  • Entrance to Heddal Stave Church, Norwegian Industry Museum Vemork in Rjukan, Lindesnes lighthouse.