Arts and culture – 2 days

Experience a mix of traditional and modern Telemark culture on this road trip along the national park route. Perfect weekend getaway for the art and culture enthusiasts!

Highlights:

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Day 1 Heddal – Rjukan

Journey from – to

 Veg/nr

Km

Time
Heddal – Sauland  E-134 17 15 min
Sauland – Tuddal – Dal (Rjukan)  FV 651 62 50 min
Dal – Tinn museum (Rjukan)  RV 37 2 5 min
Total, day 1

81  1h 10min

Heddal Stave Church

The trip starts in Heddal. Here is a visit to Heddal Stavkirke. Heddal Stave Church was built around 1250 and is the largest of the 28 preserved medieval churches in Norway. Open during the summer season.

After Heddal, continue along E134 to Sauland, follow FV651 towards Rjukan and Gaustatoppen to the next stop: Tuddal Bygdetun.

Tuddal Bygdetun

At the Tuddal Bygdetun you can see how the locals have built and lived through the ages. Here you will find many different types of wooden houses from the mountain village, and you can come into them to see how people lived earlier. Open high season summer.

From Tuddal you continue along the summer road over the mountain, where you can enjoy the sight of a high mountain landscape where Gaustatoppen thrives as a lone mountain mare.

 

Tinn museum

In the middle of the industrial city of Rjukan you will find Tinn Museum. Here you can get an insight into the old peasant community. The buildings tell about building history from before the black dawn and until 1900, and buildings are situated on a cozy tuna. Open during the summer season.

Accomodation

Accomodation in Rjukan

Accomodation in Rauland

Day 2 Rjukan – Rauland

Journey from – to

Veg/nr

Km

Time
Rjukan – Rauland sentrum RV 37 47 45 min
Rauland sentrum – Telemarkstunet RV 362 0,5 2 min
Total, day 2 47,5 47 min

From the small city Rjukan to mountain village of Rauland

Day 2 starts with a varied drive from the small town of Rjukan and across the mountain to the mountain village of Rauland. Here are exhibitions, museums and beautiful cultural landscapes with old farms waiting for you. As you approach Rauland center, you drive through Austbø  with beautiful old farms.

Modern arts and coffeebar

In the middle of Rauland center look for the “Sondov” house. Here you find Katharinas Kafé

  • exhibitions with modern arts
  • gallery store
  • coffee bar

From Rauland center you follow RV 362 towards Haukeli. Take off at Raulandsakademiet and Telemarkstunet after 0.5 km.

Telemarkstunet Rauland Telemark

Telemarkstunet Rauland Telemark

Genuine crafts and fresh stone bread

Next to Raulandsakademiet you will find Telemarkstunet, a nice and cozy yard with log buildings:

  • big craft sales
  • stone oven bakery with fresh baked goods
  • café
  • free concerts (often folk music) in the summer season

Lows, loft and other wooden houses, which are replicas of old houses from Rauland, create a nice frame around the yard. Here you can go to one of the craftsmen, maybe a silversmith or a woodcutter, to see how they work.

Mountains, water and old farms

After Telemarkstunet, drive back on rv 362. Take the Haukeli road and after 0.5 km you will arrive at Hadland. Here you can enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes of Rauland.

Accomodation in Rauland