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 The Telemark Canal

Skien is the capital of Telemark by virtue of being the oldest and largest town and where the county administration is located. Henrik Ibsen´s childhood home, Nordre Venstøp in Gjerpen, lies slightly north of Skien.

Henrik Ibsen´s childhood home, Nordre Venstøp in Gjerpen, lies slightly north of Skien. This is where Henrik Ibsen lived between the ages of 7 and 15. On Venstøp, you can see the dark loft featured in the play "Vildanden" (The Wild Duck), and the porch where Ibsen as a boy first demonstrated his dramatic talents and staged puppet theatre for the neighbourhood, using plays and puppets he had created him self.

The farm at Venstøp lies in beautiful surroundings and is an excellent destination. Fjøset houses an exhibition of Skien in the 1840s and of Ibsen´s family and childhood experiences. Multimedia programme on the childhood of the writer in Norwegian and English.



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