THE WILD TELEMARK
The Wild Telemark offers the most unique film locations found anywhere - and experiences for tourists, students and lovers of history.
Telemark was Norway’s ‘Wild West’, full of mystery, a land of natural beauty from the rugged mountains in the north to the rocky coastline in the south. A land of legend, respected – and feared.
Then in 1905 the visionary Sam Eyde arrived in Notodden and declared he was going to tame the thundering waterfalls of the region to create new industries driven by hydroelectric power – a radical new concept.
It changed the world here forever.
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Why is this region called the Wild Telemark? Scroll on further down to learn more.
FILM LOCATIONS AND EXPERIENCE TOURISM
Now it is easy to visit the Wild Telemark, but it wasn’t always so.
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.
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.
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.
Close, but such a different world. Take time to explore!