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Top 15 things to do in Skien

1. Brekkeparken

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. The Telemark Canal

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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3. Skien Kirke

Skien Church (Norwegian: Skien kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Skien Municipality in Vestfold og Telemark county, Norway. It is located in the town of Skien. It is the church for the Skien parish which is part of the Skien prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Agder og Telemark. The red brick church was built in a cruciform design in 1894 using plans drawn up by the architect Hagbarth Martin Schytte-Berg. The church seats about 1,050 people.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Ibsenhuset

Ibsenhuset is a Norwegian cultural centre in the city of Skien, Vestfold og Telemark county. The building houses several facilities for concerts, theater performances, opera, exhibits, conferences, courses, meetings and other events. There are also a restaurant and the town's main library in the building. International and national artists and entertainers have performed at Ibsenhuset. The name Ibsenhuset is derived from Henrik Ibsen's last name and from "huset", Norwegian for a house or building. Ibsen was born in Skien 20 March 1828 and lived in different locations in town until he was 15 years old. The Norwegian Ibsen award is annually presented at Ibsenhuset to promising playwrights.

Ibsenhuset may also refer to another "Ibsenhuset" in a museum in the Norwegian town of Grimstad, or to some of Ibsen's various homes.

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Saint Michael's Cave

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Kongsberg Skisenter, Kongsberg

Kongsberg Skisenter is a ski resort located in Funkelia in Kongsberg. It is owned by Skisenterdrift AS which also bought the ski resort Grefsenkollen Skisenter in 2006.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Kongsberg Church, Kongsberg

Kongsberg Church (Norwegian: Kongsberg kirke, Nynorsk: Kongsberg kyrkje) is a building and congregation of the Church of Norway located at Kongsberg in Viken county, Norway.
Kongsberg Church, a large baroque church, was designed by Joachim Andreas Stukenbrock and the construction period lasted from 1740 to 1761. It has a simple exterior with a richly decorated rococo interior. Kongsberg Church was constructed of brick and designed with a cruciform floor plan. The design of the church was inspired by Garnisons Church in Copenhagen.

Virtually all fixtures in the church are of wood, but pillars and surfaces have been marbled. The whole church has a cool blue color as a result. On either side of the altar and pulpit are the pillars that bear the organ gallery above. The Baroque organ is from 1765 and made by organ builder Gottfried Heinrich Gloger. In the 1850s it was restored by Paul Brantzeg and in 1932 by Josef Hilmar Jørgensen. In 1928, Tinius Olsen gave a major donation to the restoration of the organ which had suffered water damage in the late 1880s. The baptismal font was carved out of marble extracted from Holmestrand in Vestfold. The chandeliers were produced at Nøstetangen glassverk in Hokksund during the second half of the 1700s.
The sanctuary includes ceiling decorations by Eric Gustav Tunmarck. Among the driving forces behind the decoration and interior of the church was mining engineer Michael Heltzen.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Telemark Museum

The Telemark Museum is a museum in Telemark, Norway. It includes several buildings across Telemark and is headquartered in Kleiva in the older part of Skien in Vestfold og Telemark county, Norway. The main museum building is located within walking distance of downtown Skien. Telemark Museum includes the Henrik Ibsen Museum in Skien.

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. The Adventure Factory

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Henrik Ibsen Museum

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Borgestad Church

Borgestad Church (Norwegian: Borgestad kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Skien Municipality in Vestfold og Telemark county, Norway. It is located in the village of Borgestad. It is the church for the Borgestad parish which is part of the Skien prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Agder og Telemark. The white, stone church was built in a long church design in 1907 using plans drawn up by the architect Henrik Nissen. The church seats about 382 people.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Tangen Fort, Langesund

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Norwegian Mining Museum, Kongsberg

The Norwegian Mining Museum (Norwegian: Norsk Bergverksmuseum) is located at Kongsberg in Viken county, Norway.
Norwegian Mining Museum documents the history of the former Kongsberg Silver Mines (Kongsberg Sølvverk). The museum was established in 1938, and opened to the public in 1945.

The museum documents the development of mining throughout the period the silver mines in Kongsberg were in operation.
As early as the 15th century, there was mining in the area. Copper ore was then taken out. Around 1540, silver-containing lead ore was also found. Silver deposits at Kongsberg were first discovered in 1629 with mines were in operation until 1958.

The cultural heritage dates from the 18th century, but there are traces of mining through the entire period of operation. The mining captain's house, cottages, stables, foundation for a water wheel as well as the system of aqueducts and dams are preserved. Situated close to the entrance of the silver mines are shelters once used by the miners. These buildings were built between the period 1867 and 1874. A mine train pulled by diesel locomotives takes visitors 342 meters below the surface and 2.3 km into the mountain. Inside the former mine there is a guided tour. An interesting device is the mine elevator which was built in 1881.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Klosterskogen Travbane

Klosterskogen Travbane is a harness racing track located at Klosterskogen in Skien, Norway. The course is 800 meters (2,600 ft). Owned by Norwegian Trotting Association, its tote betting is handled by Norsk Rikstoto.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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