The Canal route (Cycle trip 100km along the canal)
17 May 2021 - 5 September 2021 7 September 2021 - 10 October 2021 16 May 2022 - 4 September 2022 6 September 2022 - 9 October 2022
This is the ultimate cycle trip along the Telemark Canal! Experience beautiful scenery, lovely accommodations, and an amazing boat trip on the Telemark Canal as the “grand prize” on the last day.
The route runs along roads with little traffic and with a varied terrain. Some inclines are steep, and the route is relatively long. Therefore, you should have some cycle experience before embarking on this route.
Day 1 - Accommodation at Lunde Vandrerhjem.
Day 2 - Breakfast at Lunde Vandrerhjem. - Cycle trip of the day: Lunde – Vrådal, approximately 55 kilometers. The road consists mainly of asphalt, on roads with little traffic. Some parts are on gravel. Varied terrain with some steep inclines. - Accommodation at Straand Hotel in Vrådal. - Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 - Breakfast at the Straand Hotel. - Cycle trip of the day: Vrådal – Dalen, approximately 45 kilometers. The road consists of both asphalt and gravel, with little traffic. Varied terrain, with steep declines. - Accommodation at Dalen Hotel. - 3-course dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 - Kl. 08:30 departure with MS Henrik Ibsen from Lastein pier in Dalen. - Meals on board: Breakfast is included in the package. - Kl. 13:10 arrival and disembarking at Lunde locks.
Practical information on board and on the road:
Parking: Your car can be parked at the parking lot about 200 meters from Lunde locks free of charge, or at Lunde Vandrerhjem.
Food and beverage: Please note that there is no place to buy food, snacks, or drink on the legs between Lunde and Vrådal or Vrådal and Dalen. Be sure to bring enough food and water. There are grocery stores in Lunde and Vrådal. At Straand Hotel in Vrådal you have a possibility to buy and pack a lunch to bring on the trip towards Dalen.
There is a restaurant on board the canal boats. Included in this package you will be served breakfast on your way from Dalen to Lunde on the last day. Seating time to be agreed directly with the restaurant staff once you have boarded. You can also order food directly at the boat from their menu. It is not possible to book a table for the entire journey.
The cycle trip: The cycle trip is a part of a national cycle route program. This specific route is called “the canal route”. In Lunde you can buy maps of the route at Telemark Canal Camping, close to Lunde locks. If you don’t have your own bicycle, you can rent it at Telemark Canal Camping: www.kanalcamping.no
Please note that on the first leg between Lunde and Vrådal, there are two tunnels without lightning. It is important that you bring lights for the cycle, or a headlight. This is for your own safety.
Before you board the canal boat on day 4, please be sure to empty your bicycle, and bicycle trailer, for luggage. It is important that they are as light as possible before they are lifted on to the top of the boat. The owner must be attending in both loading and unloading.
Practical information for the accommodations:
Lunde Vandrerhjem: They have free parking for their guests. If you have an electrical car, then charging the car is against a fee. Every room has their own bathroom, TV and wifi. They have spacious common areas, such as a living room and a terrace. The guests also have access to a kitchen, so it is possible to buy groceries and prepare your own food. Other dining possibilities in Lunde is at the restaurants near Lunde center, which is about 600 meters in walking distance.
Straand Hotel: Dinner is served in the restaurant in the evening. Time to be agreed directly with the hotel staff when checking in. Straand Hotel is a part of the Historic Hotels and Restaurants in Norway. The hotel is known for their warm atmosphere and delicious food. They have their own beach, a pool, and many other facilities.
Dalen Hotel: A 4-course dinner is served in their restaurant in the evening. In the evening, the restaurant has a smart casual dress code. It is possible to borrow a suit jacket at the hotel. Dalen Hotel is known as the fairytale hotel from 1894. The hotel has a grand romantic style with dragon heads, towers and spiers, balconies, and cornices. This is one of the oldest wooden hotels in Norway and is a member of the Historic hotels and restaurants.
Booking and payment:
Rate: From NOK 5270,- per person. The rate for this package can vary when it comes to your choice of date and room type. Please select date of choice to see the package rate.
Periods 2022: 16. May – 4. September: Daily. Last possible departure is 1. September (boat trip 4. September.) 6. September – 9. October: Sundays - Wednesdays (boat trip Wednesday), Tuesdays - Fridays (boat trip Friday) and Thursdays - Sundays (boat trip Sunday).
Booking: Due to high demand, we recommend that you order in advance. Do not wait until the day before. PS! These are rates for online bookings. Fee for bookings made over phone or email is NOK 80,- per person.
Payment: All reservations must be paid in full when booking.