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  • Seagull
    started a topic This is Telemark

    This is Telemark

    I am starting this thread so that I can make a cross-referencing entry, drawing your attention to a new thread Cow Parade in the Overtime section. There I am about to post a more major contribution – the story of “Travelling to Telemark”. Placing it in Kingdom of Norway wouldn’t suffice as the travelling will take you to Stockholm and Prague and even Edinburgh before you arrive in Norway! Neither did The World – Pilot Guides seem quite appropriate, for what is largely an account of an art exhibition and a country fair!

    Here in the Kingdom of Norway I could have called this thread “This is Seljord” but decided on “This is Telemark” so as to widen its appeal to others who might like to post here. But I will be back with some photos of the village of Seljord that didn’t make it into the Cow Parade story. Here is one to be going on with; a teaser as Captain would say…


  • Sterkoder
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    Re: This is Telemark

    I might have seen about 20% of the programme.

    From what I actually saw, I was left with a small thought telling me, I might just as well be from Telemark to enjoy this at the fullest possible way.
    What I saw did not leave me with an eager to go there.

    Others might have other views of course, also you among us who's been there on vacation or just visiting.

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  • pakarang
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    Re: This is Telemark

    Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
    On the 26th August you'll have to check in on www.nrk.no, or NRK2 for those who have access to Norwegian television or radio NRK P2.

    The national broadcasting corporation, NRK, continue their minute-by-minute television programmes, as they will air a program called 'TELEMARKSKANALEN - Minute-by-minute'
    Didn't get to follow so much of the program... after a night watch and because of what started as a nice day (weather), I headed to the forest instead and was caught out in a heavy downpour...

    But, I did get a few moments though...

    Did you sit in all day yesterday to see the entire program?

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  • Sterkoder
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    Re: This is Telemark

    On the 26th August you'll have to check in on www.nrk.no, or NRK2 for those who have access to Norwegian television or radio NRK P2.

    The national broadcasting corporation, NRK, continue their minute-by-minute television programmes, as they will air a program called 'TELEMARKSKANALEN - Minute-by-minute'

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  • Seagull
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    Thrilled to bits to see the Telemark thread up the top of the new posts this morning. A huge big thank you Martin for guiding us around this fascinating county.
    Now I’m no ski person, but I suddenly got quite emotional seeing that homely fireplace and reading about the lighting of the Olympic flame there.

    Always can rely on HurtigruteMartin to know about culture of musicians, artists and writers. I think a “literary pilgrimage” has enhanced many a journey of mine and so could readily imagine Martin exploring the cemetery at Vinje church, and his feelings on finally coming across the Vesaas grave.

    I didn’t know about the Skafså museum; that Karl Erik Harr exhibition is clearly a must for those of us who discovered his art aboard a hurtigrute.

    Some years ago, I nearly went on an organised trip and culture tour to the Telemark canal , actually through a local (here in Scotland) small specialised travel company who I’d travelled with in Sweden and Finland, but then they stopped offering the Nordic destinations because the flight costs at the time became too high to price into their trips of some 5 to 7 days duration.

    After my own trip to Seljord, I had wanted to return to the area, the canal, and also to go to Rjukan and see Vemork and had got as far as looking into local transport and accommodation when other things intervened, but this area is still on my “want to go” list . . . and sure has now jumped up a few places after seeing Martin’s guide.

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  • Ralf__
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    Thank you for this fine journey, Martin and thank you also, Ombugge, for your interesting addition. Wonderful story to watch and read. Again an essential of this fine forum!!

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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post

    Two movies has been made about the Telemark Action, the first one a factual Norwegian movie with many of the actual members of Gunnerside acting as themselves. The second one was a Hollywood production, made around mid-1960's. Needless to say they took some "artistic liberties" with the facts.

    Joachim Ronneberg was for many years the very distinctive voice of NRK in Aalesund. He refused to act as adviser to the Hollywood version, stating that the war was over and done with and should be forgotten.(Or something to that effect)

    He later changed his mind and started to travel around to schools to talk about the war and why there should never be another one.
    He was a true and unassuming war hero. Here is a link to a Wikipedia page about him and his exploits during the war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_R%C3%B8nneberg

    Sorry, OT again, but at least it has to do with Telemark.
    Ohhh. Thank you Ombugge for adding this facts. And it indeed has to do with Telemark.
    This story have always facinated me. I have seen both films several times. And of course I like the first norwegian version best I felt it was more authentic.

    I also wrote about the Telemark Action as a part of my exam when I was educated as a schoolteacher about 20 years ago.

    So I simply HAD to go and see the Vemork-factory myself. And also walked up in the mountain, part of the route this brave men walked on their way to Vemork.
    My image I posted was taken that time. I think it was in 1991.

    My comment under the image was very "tabloid". More as a tourists point of view. But this is maybe the most important thing ever happened in Telemark. So I am very, very glad for your fact-reply, Ombugge.

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  • ombugge
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    Originally posted by HurtigruteMartin View Post
    Close to Rjukan is also this Vemork factory-building located. During the World War 2, the nazists tried to create a hydrogene-bomb and "heavy water" here. But very brave men from the norwegian resistence was able to go inside, and blown the factory apart. Known as "Tungtvanns-aksjonen på Vemork"
    Not entirely correct. This was done by a group of highly trained Commandos from the Linge Company, based in England and dropped by parachute into the mountains. They succeeded in blowing up the plant that produced Heavy Water.

    The group was named "Gunnerside" and was lead by Joachim Ronneberg. He was from Aalesund, as was his mentor and originator of the Linge Company, Capt. Martin Linge.

    After the attack they managed to escape to Sweden by skiing through the mountains and forests and returned to England. Not bad, since the Germans were looking for them everywhere.

    Later the Germans tried to bring the already produced heavy water to safety in Germany. The Norwegian resistance managed to sink the ferry that carried it across lake "Tinsjoen", thus effectively stopping the Germans from developing the Atomic Bomb and possibly change their fortune of war.

    To many this is regarded as the single most decisive action in the second world war. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article about the Telemark Action: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegi...water_sabotage

    Two movies has been made about the Telemark Action, the first one a factual Norwegian movie with many of the actual members of Gunnerside acting as themselves. The second one was a Hollywood production, made around mid-1960's. Needless to say they took some "artistic liberties" with the facts.

    Joachim Ronneberg was for many years the very distinctive voice of NRK in Aalesund. He refused to act as adviser to the Hollywood version, stating that the war was over and done with and should be forgotten.(Or something to that effect)

    He later changed his mind and started to travel around to schools to talk about the war and why there should never be another one.
    He was a true and unassuming war hero. Here is a link to a Wikipedia page about him and his exploits during the war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_R%C3%B8nneberg

    Sorry, OT again, but at least it has to do with Telemark.

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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    From Dalen back to the coast it is high recomended to drive along the lakes Vråvatn and Nisser.

    You are also able to take a nice boat-trip on these lakes with the vetaran boat FRAM who are located in Vrådal





    And at the southern part of Nisser you come to Treungen with waterfontain and a beautiful old stone-bridge








    I started this "roundtrip" in Aust-Agder looking in to Telemark. I also want to end this "roundtrip" a few km back in Aust-Agder. Just above the county-border it is time to take a late evening rest. Let all the impressions of the beautiful Telemark sink into our souls. And to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the light summernights darkness.



    Thank you for taking this Telemark roudtrip with me. Hope you have enjoyed it. Maybe I see you one or another place in Telemark next year. Because I know I have so much, much, much more to explore in magic Telemark

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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    The boat-trip at the Telemark Canal is not ONLY spectacular locks (sluser). But also a beautiful cruise on calm inland lakes







    Before the trips ends at Bandak/Dalen



    These images of Bandak and Dalen is taken from the cerpentiner-curves close to Anne Grimdalens homeplace and museum






    As I have mentioned in the Hotel View Thread, Dalen har one of Norways most spectacular hotels.







    ........with beautiful ceiling artwork in the lobby

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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    The most wellknown and famous tourist-attraction in Telemark, is the boat-trip at the Telemark Canal.

    It starts in the city of Skien. And ends up on the Bandak Lake in Dalen.

    The most spectacular lock-system (sluse-annlegg) is Vrangfoss Sluser at Ulefoss in Nome



    Ulefoss is known for the iron-work (Jernverket). Ulefoss Hovedgård belonged to the landowner Aall. And is indeed a beautiful building just above the lock-system............
    From 1960 this building is a museum.






    The Canal-boat Victoria in the lock-system













    Vrangfossen



    The Telemark Canal and sluser, is also available by private small-boats. I mights try that out some day with my small Nidelv Boat.

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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    Up several serpentiner-curves in the hillside above Dalen, is Skafså. And Skafså is the birthplace of another great artist from Telemark. The great sculptor Anne Grimdalen.

    Her most famous artwork may be the big sculpture hanging outside on the wall of the City Hall of Oslo.

    Grimdalstunet is today a museum hosting several of her artworks. And her and her familys old houses are taking care of in this museum







    This museum also hosts a permanent exhibition of the big epos DRAUMKVEDET, the way the northern-norwegian painter Karl Erik Harr interpret it..........






    But my indeed favourite artwork of Anne Grimdalen, is her "Philosophy-bear"

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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    In my first post, I mentioned art and culture.

    Vinje is indeed a place who have hosted great norwegian artists. The music-artists and composers Åsmund and Odd Nordstoga comes from Vinje. Also the music and culture artists Eyvind and Sigmund Groven.

    This is the homeplace of the great poet Åsmund Olavson Vinje

    "No ser eg atter slike fjell og dalar. Som deim eg i min fyrste ungdom såg"



    His home




    A famous married writer couple was the novellist Tarjei Vesaas and his poet-wife Halldis Moren Vesaas from Vesåsen in Vinje.

    After some searching, I found their grave at the cementery outside Vinje Church



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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    Further north in Telemark nearby Rjukan is the well known mountain Gaustadtoppen



    Close to Rjukan is also this Vemork factory-building located. During the World War 2, the nazists tried to create a hydrogene-bomb and "heavy water" here. But very brave men from the norwegian resistence was able to go inside, and blown the factory apart. Known as "Tungtvanns-aksjonen på Vemork"

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  • HurtigruteMartin
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    I would like to continue Seaguls wonderful thread. Because Telemark is perhaps my favourite county of Norway.

    Telemark has almost everything. Big and "ugly" industry at Norsk Hydro Herøya. Urban population at Grenland. Where cities are groing into each other. Great coastline with interesting changes of geology, and small-boat recreation.

    But the most I love in Telemark, is the inland part. Beautiful and calm inland lakes and majestic mountain-areas. And small villages hosting old history, great art, and old and new culture.

    I would now like to "guide" you through Telemark, the way I have explored the county.

    I start my journey actually in Aust-Agder, at the top of Setesdal.



    I like very much mountain-walking and go skiing in the mountains. Here I am standing on the closest mountain-top to the Telemark-border. I am standing in Aust-Agder. But all the rest on this image belongs to Telemark.




    I started this rapport go skiing. Because the birthplace of all modern ski-sport are not very far from this place.


    The father of modern ski-sport, Sondre Norheim...........

    ...........was born and raised in Morgedal.



    At the top of this hillside is the little house, Øvrebø, Sondre Norheims home..........





    This is now a part of the ski-museum in Morgedal. And in this fireplace inside, the olympic fire to the 1952 Olympic Winter Games was lighted


    And the protocol before the 1994-olympics at Lillehammer was signed by Her Royal Highness princess Märtha Louise



    My grandfather participated in several ski-jump events in this area in the early 1920`s.
    And in 1919 he travelled to Morgedal to built his own pair of skies. Due to my interest of ski-sport I have inherited his very modern and unique Norheim Telemark skies. And they are now placed on the wall in my parents cottage....

    Last edited by HurtigruteMartin; September 10th, 2010, 05:23.

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