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PLACES to VISIT in AUST AGDER & VEST AGDER
Southern Norway extends from Flekkefjord in the west to Risør in the east, and from Lindesnes in the south to Hardanger in the north. The Skerries is Destination Sørlandet´s trademark. Sørlandet is the region with the highest number of hours of sunshine in Norway, and since time immemorial the inhabitants have been involved with the sea, the islands protecting the mainland (the skerries) and everything smelling of seaweed.
Take the trip through Blindleia from Kristiansand, but it can be made in either direction. The trip starts by crossing Byfjorden in Kristiansand, through Randesund where the typical, white wooden houses lie cheek by jowl. After crossing Kvåsefjorden we arrive in Blindleia, with its beauty spots one after the other. We pass old trading posts such as Gamle Hellesund, Kjøbmannsvik, Ågerøya and Brekkestø before arriving at what is perhaps the most beautiful town in the region, Lillesand.
Blindleia is a cultural delight with the tang of the salt from the setting of islets and reefs. Summer guests are strongly recommended to pay a visit to this coastal sea-way with historical roots far back into time as a means of communication for dwellers on the coast. Scenery and environment in abundance.
The Risørspot (Risørflekken) is an old landmark from the time when sailing vessels dominated the seas. On a nice day the landmark can be seen twelve nautical miles of the shore. Not only is Risørflekken nice to look at, it is also nice to look from. The view from Risørflekken is breathtaking. The spot is painted white.
In August, boat lovers flock to Risør to enjoy the elegant lines and traditional workmanship of Europe´s largest collection of wooden boats during the Wooden Boat Festival. Wooden boats reaching as far as the eye can see. Framed by the white houses of Sørlandet. A glimpse of the past and an exotic southern atmosphere throughout the town.
Kristiansand Zoo is Norway´s most frequently visited attraction. The zoo is 30 years old and an institution in Norway. Every single tourist should visit the zoo, which covers an area of 150 acres of, among other things, wild Nordic terrain. Fifty kilometres north of Kristiansand you will find Setesdal Rafting & Activity Centre, run by Troll Mountain. Advetures: Rafting, canoeing, mountaineering and mountain biking activities as well as elk and beaver safaris.
PLACES to VISIT in TELEMARK
From Stave churches and trolls to Henrik lbsen and Edvard Munch. The Telemark Canal is the only watercourse in Europe to receive EUROPA NOSTRA´S highest award. The Canal was awarded the medal in 1994 for restoration and preservation. The Europeans have given the Canal their seal of approval and deemed it worth a visit. Dalen is the terminus for traffic on the Telemark Canal.
Dalen Hotel is one of the few original Swiss style hotels. It was completed in 1894 with a magnificent foyer and dining room. Its inland and alpine ski areas during the winter. Its coastline and sea, for fishing, sunning and bathing in the summer. And for boating. Its forests, piny-smelling in the sun, teeming with life, with an unbelievable variety of plants and animals. Its high mountain moors in the fall, cleansed by crisp winds, with rein deer, cloudberres and grouse.
Norway and Telemark is truly the "Cradle of Skiing". What we today know as a sport, skiing developed in Norway as a means of getting around. Furthermore, Norwegians invented ski waxing, the modern binding, and the laminated ski.
The three departments in the Industrial Workers´ Museum in Rjukan deal with the war and the heavy water sabotage, the energy section based on hydro-electric power and industrial workers. Vemork was at the centre of one of the most important acts of sabotage committed during the Second World War, when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing a nuclear bomb from the heavy water that was produced there. Gaustadtoppen peak is 1.883 metres, it is Telemark´s highest mountain. It can be climbed by following a clearly marked route trom the Rjukan-Tuddal road. The Blues Festival in Notodden. A visit to Henrik Ibsen´s childhood home at Venstøp near Skien. The sight of timber floating downstream. Bever safaris and "Treasure hunting" in closed-down quarries and mines. Telemark Sommarland near Bø, the ultimate family entertainment park. Museums and exhibitions showing collections of art of yesteryear and of today. Travelling in Telemark is something to dream about provided you do something about it.
| AUST AGDER
Muncipality in Aust Agder
Arendal, Birkenes, Bygland, Bykle, Evje and Hornnes, Froland, Gjerstad, Grimstad, Iveland, Lillesand, Risør, Tvedestrand, Valle, Vegårshei and Åmli
Companies in Aust Agder
Muncipality in Vest Agder
Audnedal, Farsund, Flekkefjord, Hægebostad, Kristiansand, Kvinesdal, Lindesnes, Lyngdal, Mandal, Marnardal, Sirdal, Songdalen, Søgne, Vennesla and Åseral
Companies in Vest Agder
Muncipality in Telemark
Bamble, Bø, Drangedal, Fyresdal, Hjartdal, Kragerø, Kviteseid, Nissedal, Nome, Notodden, Porsgrunn, Sauherad, Seljord, Siljan, Skien, Tinn, Tokke and Vinje
Companies in Telemark