Top 10 Things to do in Skien, Norway

September 11, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Skien [²ʃeːən] ( listen) is a city and municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Grenland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Skien. Skien is also the administrative centre of Telemark county.
Restaurants in Skien

1. The Telemark Canal

Skien, Norway +47 997 43 181
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

The Telemark Canal

Reviewed By ragnarotterstad - lunde i telemark

Travel like they did before and enjou some wonderful scenery. During the trip you go through a number of locks,taking you from sea level to 73 m .a.s.l. The boats are old but go through rigid safety checks in accordance with rules for passengerships. There is catering service on board, with both cold and warm meals available. Sitting on the front deck gives you a nice Panorama view of the changing landscape. At the end you arrive at Dalen, where I wold recommend you stay overnight at Dalen Hotel, which is an experience in itself.

2. Cyckling Along The Telemark Canal

Nedre Hjellegate 18, Nome Municipality 3707, Norway
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Cyckling Along The Telemark Canal

Telemarkreiser offers bicycling trip packages along the 110km Telemark Canal from Skien to Dalen, including overnight accommodation, boat trip, bicycle transport, and information booklet with maps and route description. Length of trip varies from 20km to 192km. The canal trip offers the unique opportunity to combine cycling with boating on a canal through a constantly changing landscape. The route follows paths with light traffic and on simple paths free of motorized vehicles.

Reviewed By Normallyhappy2010 - Skien, Norway

One of the finest, and most varied cycle routes in Norway. You can choose to stick to the sign-posted route, og go by your own, and it will be hard not to find idyllic roads, mostly with little motorized traffic, with spectacular views, and a variation of historic houses, local museums, art galleries, and local food and drink. It can be a good idea to take one of the canal boats from Skien to Lunde, where bikes (and kayaks and canoes) can be rented, and cycle along the canal (along a partly hilly road) from there.

3. DuVerden Maritime Museum + Science Centre

Tollbugata 23, Porsgrunn 3933, Norway +47 954 28 959
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

DuVerden Maritime Museum + Science Centre

The childrens favorite place to visit, lots of activities. DuVerden Maritime Museum + Science Centre is a vibrant venue with activities for young and old. The centre has created a link between the area's rich maritime history and future-oriented education as well as industrial development. The spectacular building houses Exhibitions and installations. The objective is to stimulate interest in maritime history, science and technology through interactive communication methods - especially for children and young people. Consequently, learning through playing and experimenting is essential when visiting DuVerden. The centre has its own Amphitheatre, which seats fifty people, and is used for 3D films. The weather turntable illustrates weather in a new way. Spin it as hard as you can, and a fan will produce a storm strength wind. We also have a big toy for the big boys: Our ship bridge simulator lets you control a ship and you can navigate up the river to Skien or out on to the fiord. Welcome to a great experience!

Reviewed By Geiraa69 - Porsgrunn Municipality, Norway

A very nice place to spend the day with your family. A lot of activities both for kids and adults like shows, workshops, 3D movies etc. Also a small cafe to enjoy a coffee with a nice view of the river.How lovely to hear that you had a nice time visiting us! Welcome back!

4. Brekkeparken

Oevregate 41, Skien 3715, Norway +47 408 55 626
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Brekkeparken

Reviewed By Kent S - Peyia, Cyprus

This park, where you can also find Telemark Museum, is really beautiful, and you are walking among old architecture hundreds of years old which is a part of Telemark Museum.
The park is used all the time for wedding photographs - and that's for a reason.
There is a restaurant in the park, which was ready for a total make-over 40 years ago. It's really a shame it isn't fixed.
With the restaurant recommendable, I would have given 5 stars, but I have to say this is a really ugly spot on the record.

5. Porselensmuseet i Porsgrund

Porselensvegen 6, Porsgrunn 3920, Norway +47 474 73 721
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4 based on 11 reviews

Porselensmuseet i Porsgrund

Learn the fascinating history of PP, through the interactive exhibition that also includes about 1.000 objects. As a visitor at the Porcelain Museum (Porselensmuseet) you are invited into a historical understanding of the craft of porcelain but also to interact and have a close dialogue with other visitors.

Reviewed By Elena_RedLilith - Center Line, Michigan

If you need authentic Norwegian porcelain, go there withour thinking! Have a good choice of things to buy, big seasonal discounts. The store is at the territory of the porcelain factory, so they make things and sell them right from the factory.

6. Skien Fritidspark

Moflatvegen 38, Skien 3733, Norway +47 35 54 10 00
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Skien Fritidspark

Skien fritidspark is one of the largest sports facilities in Norway.

Reviewed By joclaves - Sandefjord, Norway

It's a small Water Park that has it all. Very clean and well maintained. They have several pools with various temperatures and a slide for the fun-loving kids and adults. Everybody showers before going to the pool area and that keeps the water clean. We will...MoreHi! Thank you for your kind recommendation. Have a lovely day! Best regard, Skien fritidspark

7. The Adventure Factory

Klostergata 33, Skien 3732, Norway +47 35 52 67 00
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4 based on 40 reviews

The Adventure Factory

Adventure factory is Scandinavia's largest indoor play facility in the jungle environment, aimed at children from 1 to 13 years. 1-3 year olds have their own department. Here the children stimulus and movement. Here are the largest play structure with two floors of the trampolines, huge slides, ball cannons and much, much more. Here, all children can jump, play, run, noise, mess and enjoy themselves as much as they want. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The adults can go in the cafeteria, playing billiards or tenis. Wireless internet. Large flat screens with the best channels.

Reviewed By joclaves - Sandefjord, Norway

Lots of play areas where kids, moms and dads could have a quality bonding time. However, there is a very steep slide that I do not recommend. It's kind of scary and could cause an accident... of course we had an accident and it involved an adult female who was just visiting in Norway with her kid last August 2015. She fractured her knee. Anyway, it's just a matter of avoiding not-so-safe play areas and everything will be just fine. I brought another visitor here last month, November. The kids had fun, the mother too! Overall, Eventyr fabrikken is a fun place for kids to visit in Skien, Telemark.

8. Mersmak I Skien AS

Henrik Ibsens gate 10, Skien 3724, Norway +47 900 91 029
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Mersmak I Skien AS

Reviewed By Sanukmak555 - Tonsberg, Norway

This was a Nice Food festival. Lots of stands and activities made it a great day in Skien. Lots of good Food and great atmosphere. The parking was almost full and there could be more Places to sit. Other than that it is was awesome. I can see myself coming back another year

9. Skien Kirke

Amtmand Aalls Gate 1, Skien 3717, Norway +47 35 58 11 49
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Skien Kirke

Reviewed By joclaves - Sandefjord, Norway

Located in the Sentrum is one of the famous landmarks in Skien. Not particularly knowledgeable about the history of the church. It is a functional church. Several activities are held here including the musical performance of students from the 'Kultur Skole' in the month of December. The church is difficult to miss.

10. Ibsenhuset

Lundegata 6, Skien 3724, Norway +47 35 58 13 30
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4 based on 17 reviews

Ibsenhuset

Ibsenhuset is a multipurpose centre witch aim to offer all kind of entertainment as well as a flexible range of meeting rooms. The house is a professional and functional centre for courses, conferences, exhibitons, meetings and special events. Ibsenhuset offers also a in house restaurant and bar with great cuisine and wines.

Reviewed By MoonStarWolf - Seljord, Norge

I was here for a seminar, which was really well done.
And it`s a nice place since it`s so close to the center city with bus transportation.
Though I was not impressed with the food we got served.
Several people had allergies and some where vegetarians.
They way it was solved was by putting signs on everything with what it contains, but that doesn`t help the fact that there was almost lactose og meat in everything.. :/
So I could only eat green salad, which is kind of dry and boring two days in a row.
There are so many ways to make nice vegetarian food. And for lactosefree, why not make the dish with lactosefree milk and then more people can eat it.
But all in all it was good service, nice location etc..

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