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TELEMARK GUIDE 2014

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TELEMARK

Telemark in Southern Norway is crossed by two highways, making travel easy between attractions and to Europe, Oslo and the fjords. Telemark is known for its canal, old farms, the mountain region around Gaustatoppen and the friendly coastline outside Kragerø. Enjoy a cruise on the Telemark Canal, Norway's largest waterpark in Bø, or go cycling, hiking or paddling in Telemark's varied landscape. Telemark is an exciting area for cycling and there are a number of different routes to choose from: Island hopping outside the coastal town of Kragerø, off-road cycling in Nissedal, a spin at Vrådal Mountain bike park or mountain biking at Hardangervidda mountain plateau. One of the scenic routes follows the Telemark Canal from Ulefoss to Dalen, and the national cycle route no. 2 runs here. Bicycles can be rented in Lunde, Dalen, Rauland, Vrådal and Rjukan.

BUSKURUD

Buskerud extends from Hurum at the Oslofjord to the Halling mountains and Hardanger. The county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. These are Eiker, Ringerike, Numedal and Hallingdal. Hønefoss is the district capital of Ringerike. Drammen and its vicinity (Røyken, Lier and Hurum) is often considered a separate district, but is also at times considered part of the Eiker district. Buskerud's western part is a mountainous plateau with forested valleys and high, grassy pastures; its eastern part contains a lowland basin with many lakes and streams. Tyrifjorden and Krøderen are the biggest lakes. Numedalslågen, the third longest river in Norway, starting in Hordaland, runs through Buskerud unto Vestfold where it reaches the sea, while river Begna sweeps into lake Sperillen.

HEDEMARK

Hedmark includes the three southern regions in Hedmark, with Hamar, Elverum and Kongsvinger as the biggest towns. Lake Mjøsa, manor farms, River Glomma, the Finnskogen forest, charming cities and towns. Glass, treetop huts, local food, bike, skiing, and angling. Just to mention a few of the things you can experience in Hedmark.

OPPLAND

Broad valleys and dense forests. Oslo, the capital of Norway with many sites should not be forgotten. Typical of "FjellNorway" is the vastness, which applies to the high plains, valleys and forests. You will find various mountain areas with marked trails, good fishing, wild rivers for rafting and quiet mountain lakes for a refreshing bath. There are also plenty of golf, cycling and horse riding. Oppland, has numerous moose, reindeer and beavers, these animals can be viewed in their own environment . The regions Valdres and Jotunheimen have a diverse flora and fauna and have much to offer for the spoiled tourist.

AKERSHUS

The county that encircles the capital city offers fjord and forests, land and sea, small and medium-sized towns and many exciting attractions and activities. Akershus, with more than half a million inhabitants, is the second largest county by population after Oslo. The county is named after Akershus Fortress. The county administration is in Oslo, which is not part of the county per se.

OSLO

Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies the Norwegian capital. Oslo has a special combination of city life and easy access to the great outdoors. The 1000-year-old Norwegian capital sits at the head of Oslo Fjord. This stunning setting gives hints of the wild wonders that lie just beyond the city. From taking in visual delights at Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Holmenkollen, to the challenging content within the new Nobel Peace Centre and the Holocoust Center, Oslo offers plenty of food for thought. The Oslo Pass allows free travel on public transport, free parking and many museum and sight admissions.

VESTFOLD

The County of Vestfold is situated in the south of Norway. Vestfold is the smallest and one of the most densely populated countys in Norway. The largest towns Larvik, Tønsberg, Sandefjord and Horten are all located along the coast. Vestfold is easily reached by air, ferry and train. Flights to Oslo (Torp) take you to our regional Airport, just 10 km outside Sandefjord. Color Line run ferry lines between Hirtshals (DK) and Larvik as well as Strømstad (SE) and Sandefjord. There is also ferry between Horten and Moss, run by Bastø-Fosen.

ØSTFOLD

Østfold is one of Norway’s smallest counties. The region can for example tempt you with the Oslofjord, Fredrikstad Fortress and the Glomma River. Discover the fascinating and beautiful borderlands between Oslo and Sweden. Enjoy untouched nature, Norway’s oldest canal and charming villages. Halden is an idyllic little town nestled down by the fjord, just on the border to Sweden. Above the town looms the mighty Fredriksten Fortress. Experience a rich cultural life, a bustling quayside and a cosy Old Town. Fredrikstad is proud to be the best preserved fortress town in Scandinavia. Sarpsborg has a rich history. Many of its attractions are linked to its past, from the rock carvings along Oldtidsveien to Skjeberg Medieval Church.

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