The towns Skien and Porsgrunn
The trip to Skien may go through Brunkeberg, Seljord, Bø and Ulefoss. Skien is the capital town of Telemark and the town where Henrik Ibsen was born. His birthplace Venstøp gives you an impression of the great writer’s childhood experiences.
Telemark Museum with its ten acres of parkland, laid out in 1810 in the English landscape garden style, is a great attraction. Open 2nd June to 12th August. See www.telemark.museum.no.
Porsgrunn is the twin town to Skien, developing as a seaport for the export of timber processed at Skien and further up on the Telemark watercourse. Later, Porsgrunn grew into an important shipping and industry town, as shown in its Maritime Museum (Sjøfartsmuseet). Porcelain production at Porsgrund Porselænsfabrik started in 1887; the factory’s exhibition and factory outlet are open year-round.
Both Skien and Porsgrunn today are typical service and trading towns. The return may go via Drangedal. Total distance 240 km