Telemark and the Telemark canal
From coast to mountain

Welcome to Telemark

From coast to mountain


There are so many reasons to travel to Telemark. Enjoy life on the coast in the charming town of Kragerø, a popular summer destination, or ski down the powder slopes from Gaustatoppen. There’s no reason you can't do both!

Telemark as a region reaches from the south coast via deep forests and expansive orchards to the high mountains and the magnificent Hardangervidda mountain plain.

You can spend a wonderful weekend or a whole holiday packed with adventure in Telemark. The range of activities and adventures is quite unique: a beach holiday and fishing for crab in Kragerø, climbing to the 1,883-metre high peak of Gaustatoppen for breathtaking views, the marvel that is the Telemark canal with its sluices connecting several lakes and travelling 105 km inland, the energy and industrial town of Rjukan with its fascinating wartime history or Bø Sommerland – Scandinavia’s largest waterpark and the most popular attraction in Telemark.

Not to forget Seljord in Morgedal – the home of skiing as a sport, visiting farms, farm holidays, climbing parks, culture, the people or the cycling routes that criss-cross Telemark from coast to mountain.

Follow in the footsteps of the historical heroes of Telemark, or make your own. Telemark is a wonderful holiday destination for young and old. 

Photo:Jørgen Kasin

The ship was originally built in 1907 at the Eriksberg shipyard in Gothenburg for Styrsöbolaget – a company that operated services in the Gothenburg archipelago – and was named DS Styrsö.

In 1992 the ship was reconditioned at the Knardalstrand shipyard for scheduled service on the Telemark Canal. In 2009/10 the ship underwent full restoration by shipbuilder Geir Røvik at the Hansen & Arntsen shipyard and the Fjærholmen shipyard in Tønsberg, returning to scheduled service on the canal in June 2010.

M/S Henrik Ibsen has undergone a complete make-over and is now an outstanding example of a luxury day-tour cruise ship that is more than 100 years old.

The ship is 100 feet long and 21 feet wide with a draught of approx. 8 feet. She has a gross tonnage of approx. 200 and is currently registered to carry 100 passengers. In connection with the restoration, the shipping company reduced the number of passengers from 220 to 95 to allow plenty of room for everyone on board, whether in the restaurant or on deck.

The Agatha Christie-inspired interiors feature original English antiques from the late 19th century and red plush sofas, crystal chandeliers, mahogany and brass fittings, etc. In 1952 the original steam engine was replaced with the current historic B&W Alpha 406 Flo 360 hp engine.
All the decks, the wheelhouse and cabins have been restored or replaced, and all the technical plant, electrics and safety equipment are state-of-the-art, although we have gone to great lengths to preserve the historical features and feel on board.