The many-sidedness of Telemark cannot be fully appreciated without a visit to the maritime environment in Kragerø, which became a market town in 1666 and a centre for the timber export trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. The timber export advanced the shipping trade, first with sailing ships and then steam ships. Today the town is dominated by summer tourists holidaying in their countless private summer houses and boats. The narrow streets and lanes are crowded in July and August.
The archipelago outside of Kragerø can most conveniently be reached by ferry to the pebble island Jomfruland. The trip takes 40 minutes with several departures during the day. Jomfruland Lighthouse from 1839 is a natural landmark. The island is also famous for its rich birdlife, with a local ornithological research station. The little island community lets you experience peace and quiet and a beautiful seaside landscape. You are welcome to bring your own bicycle and spend some hours on the island. The last ferry back to Kragerø leaves about 4 p.m. Most of our guests drive the same route back via Drangedal, a total of about 200 km.