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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“The Telemark Canal - one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. The Telemark Canal was carved into the rock over 100 years ago. When the canal was completed in 1892, it was called the "eighth wonder". The canal connects the coast of Telemark with the interior through eight locks at a distance of 105 km from Skien to Dalen. It consists of two waterways; Skien- Dalen and Skien-Notodden. Therefore, it is now possible to experience the Telemark Canal by ferry, charter boats, your own boat, canoes and kayaks.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Award winning shopping mall, very popular, and a favourite among the locals.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Klatrepark, turmuligheter, akebakke, frisbeegolf, sandvolleyball, isstadion, ishockey m.m”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“FANTASTIC restaurant for romantic dinner. Excellent food and high class service. Very professional, yet super cozy atmosphere. A bit more expensive, but definitely value for your money!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Establishment
“The people behind Jacob & Gabriel has recently opened this place in Hjellen. Never been there. You have to tell me if it is any good!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Nice park which includes some interesting old bulidings with furniture and other things from 18th and 19th century. Great view of Skien and the river”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cinema
“Cinema. International movies are subtitled in Norwegian (in other words: not dubbed)”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“The most popular cafe in Skien for a good reason. Nice sunny setting along the river, although the view could have been even better without the ugly Skien Aktiemølle. You have to see it for yourself!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nice mix between norwegian and international dishes, but slightly expensive”
  • 1 local recommends
Stadium
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“The oldest part of Skien that survived the large fires in Skien in 1854 and 1886. Worth a visit.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Chinese restaurant and very cheap. Portions are quite big, and take-away for one is usually enough for two!”
  • 1 local recommends
General Entertainment
“Porsgrunns big culture house. Theatreplays, concerts etc. Great afternoon concerts on saturdays. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Finally an excellent Indian restaurant in Skien. A little bit pricey, but for a reason. Narial Murg, Rogan Josh and Peshawari Nan can be recommended”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“FANTASTIC restaurant for romantic dinner. Excellent food and high class service. Very professional, yet super cozy atmosphere. A bit more expensive, but definitely value for your money!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“The most popular cafe in Skien for a good reason. Nice sunny setting along the river, although the view could have been even better without the ugly Skien Aktiemølle. You have to see it for yourself!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nice mix between norwegian and international dishes, but slightly expensive”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Longstanding Mexican restaurant in Skien, which actually says a lot. The food is quite OK.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Finally an excellent Indian restaurant in Skien. A little bit pricey, but for a reason. Narial Murg, Rogan Josh and Peshawari Nan can be recommended”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Chinese restaurant and very cheap. Portions are quite big, and take-away for one is usually enough for two!”
  • 1 local recommends
Scandinavian Restaurant
“Our neightbour restaurant. Great for a meal or a drink on the terrace in the summertime. Come here for the cosy garden and the view. The food are unfortunately not more than OK and the prices on the steap side. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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