The Telemark Canal was called the eight wonder of the world when it was completed in 1892. Travel in a historical vessel on a majestic and culture-rich journey on one of the world's most impressive waterways – both in terms of engineering and natural landscape. Experience the idyllic valley of Dalen with its iconic fairy tale hotel and choose from a range of leisurely and adventurous activities. Continue the journey to fruit village Gvarv for a sumptuous wine tasting experience with an overnight stay in an oak wine barrel suite at Lerkekåsa vineyard. Ride a bike between orchards and galleries in the charming village of Gvarv and sample local produce before returning to Oslo by train.
Season: May to September. Duration: 4 days/3 nights.
Included: Train Oslo – Telemark round trip, The Telemark Canal Boat Trip Lunde – Dalen, 2 nights double accommodation with breakfast at historical fairy tale hotel Dalen, buss transfer Dalen - Gvarv, wine barrel stay at Lerkekåsa Winery with wine tasting and dinner, cycling experience in Fruitvillage Gvarv, Up Norway digital travel guide.
Price per person from €690/$730/NOK 5990 *Based on 2 people travelling together. Route can be tailored to private car travel.
DAY 1: Oslo – Dalen
Stunning waterway and fairy tale hotel experience
Enjoy the morning train ride from Oslo – Lunde, before boarding M/S Henrik Ibsen or M/S Victoria for the 6 hour canal boat trip from Lunde to Dalen. The Telemark Canal was completed in 1892, and you are in for a beautiful stretch of the 105 km long journey.
Dalen Hotel was built to cater for the rich and prominent visitors who began arriving in the region during the 19th century. Inspired by the Vikings as well as stave churches, the hotel was completed in 1894, and is now a unique and important landmark of Norwegian heritage.
DAY 2: a day in dalen valley
Leisure and strenuous activities – the choice is yours
The Dalen Hotel breakfast is made with local produce. Go for a stroll in the beautiful garden areas: nearly seven acres containing a large collection of rare trees and shrubs. In the evening, you might see beavers and deer close to the hotel. Walks range from easy hikes to the more strenuous full day trek Lårdalsstigen. Go for a leisurely bike ride or take a canoe out on the canal. Horse riding and fishing can also be arranged nearby.
DAY 3: DALEN – Fruit village gvarv
A night in a wine barrel and Norwegian wine tasting
Unforgettable sights await you on the scenic bus ride from Dalen to fruit village Gvarv. The 90 minute transfer offers insight into authentic rural culture and breathtaking mountain scenery. Your hosts at Lerkekåsa will pick you up in Gvarv and take you to their idyllic Norwegian vineyard where you can hunker down in your very own wine barrel suite for a night to remember. Relax amid the barn, art gallery, chickens and wine racks, as you taste a selection of the farm’s own produced wines before dinner is served.
DAY 4: Gvarv – oslo
Venture on a bike from farm to farm in the fruit-growing village Gvarv where the distance is short between local apple and vegetable producers, art galleries and not to mention the microbrewery at Lindheim Farm. Sample local produce and tastes along the way. Wind up in Bø, where your train will depart back to Oslo.