There’s no shortage of great walks in Skien, with waymarked paths and trails throughout the district.
Some of the most popular trails take in Skien’s many peaks. The most popular climb of all is Piggen, a route well suited to families with children. In this case, it’s not about the view, but rather about the pleasant hike to the top. The surrounding area boasts numerous trails and picnic spots such as Hvitstentjenna, from where the route to Piggen is well signposted.
Ulvskollen, in the Vestmarka area near Gulset, is another popular spot with hikers. You have the choice of following the trails around Ulvsvannet lake or climbing all the way up to Ulvskollen. On reaching the summit, you can chat with fellow hikers over a coffee in Brynhildsbu, a stone bothy. It’s traditional to bring a cake on your 100th ascent. The path climbs gently and is easy to follow. Many hikers choose Valebøveien as their starting point.
Luksefjell - an outdoor eldorado
Luksefjell is an outdoor lovers’ paradise, with waymarked trails for hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. You can access the area via forestry roads or by bike. Suggested hikes: Nisterud, Hoppefjell, Persholknatten, Valeseter, Gardvanna and Slettevanna.
Bestul, about 8 km from the chapel at Luksefjell, is another area with many pleasant trails.
Trais in cultural heritage
Skien has two cultural heritage trails. The first takes in Skotfoss, following the locks on the Telemark Canal. The other trail, Århusstien, takes you back in time to visit rock carvings, the Iron Age House and the Henrik Ibsen Museum, housed in the playwright’s childhood home.
If you prefer to take a stroll around town, a map guide is available from the Skien tourist office, which also sells maps covering the other parts of the district.
For more information, please call the tourist office at +47 35 90 55 20.