More than 10,000 years ago, the glaciers of northern Europe began to pull back.The glaciers had done their work by carving out steep mountains and deep valleys, excellent places for trolls and outlaws to hide.
Upper Telemark – the Wild Telemark - was Norway’s ‘Wild West’, full of mystery, music and fairy tales, a land of natural beauty from the rugged mountains in the north to the rocky coastline in the south.
The Wild Telemark was a defiantly independent region where the taxman and the preacher man dared not tread. Here, small farm and landowners honoured their Norse Viking tradition and rituals as they had for many centuries – with protection and vengeance.
This was a land of legend, respected – and feared.
For centuries, the only way into this region now just a few hours outside of Oslo, was to make their way over the remote and often dangerous high mountain plateau of Hardangervidda, or through the endless forests to the south and west. People who came north to this region discovered that surviving the long harsh winters was difficult.
Over time, they found ways to live off the land, the mountains, the raging rivers and the forests. They survived and they become resilient, creative and tough.
The people and the region of the Wild Telemark. Close, but such a different world. Take time to explore.
THE WILD TELEMARK
The Wild Telemark offers the most unique film locations found anywhere. With all photos on the Wild Telemark website, you can click on any photo for more information and location.
Explore - Wild Nature, World Heritage, Untold Stories, Vikings, and more
Learn - Click on the 200+ photos by for detailed information.
Discover - Travel through the Wild Telemark on this site – then visit in person
Educate - Telemark students, visit your Media Portal
Your hosts, the municipalities of Notodden, Tinn and Hjartdal and the educational organisation DKS Telemark welcome you to this unique region.
Why is this region called the Wild Telemark? Scroll on further down to learn more.
Welcome to the best location for your next film.