• mahabis stories // discovering skien

 

The namesake of our classic black is one of Norway's oldest cities. With town history as far back as the middle ages, it was declared a market town in 1358. It used to be Norway's primary port town, and as the norse derives from 'Skiða' which means 'straight plank' many believe it was named after a particularly straight brook or river.

 



Most of its interest today comes from tourists visiting the Telemark Canal. The town is the perfect starting point for an outdoorsy trip in the area. Above the town is the 'Brekkeparken', a park landscaped in a traditionally English style. Touted for blending the urban of the town and the nature surrounding it, it contains waterscapes and floral decorations to creating a delicately beautiful background to Skien. The Fylke museum is also contained within the park and gives an extra cultural depth to any visit. Also in the vein of culture, Skien is the birthplace of famed Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Settings in his notorious dramas are usually nods to olden Skien. Currently the Ibsenhuset houses the culture within the city, including music, artists, theatre and opera. The home to the area's symphony orchestra, Grenland Symfoniorkester and a local culture school.

 



Although not in a region particularly known for its architecture, Skien has an impressive church, featuring stunning stained glass, local glazed stone and one of the largest organs in Norway. The tourist attraction has tours in summer and is well worth a visit.


If at any point you feel the need to escape the city, the area of Børsesjø is close by. A protected nature reserve with hundreds varieties of birds for the undercover ornithologists amongst you, and a plethora of fish for anybody who has an interest in bream, roach or eel.


A path will lead you from Gjerpen church to Børsesjø. Indicated simply as a route to a "Fugletårnet" or bird watching tower, actually lies the path to stunning views and rural peace and quiet. 

 

On the opposite end of the spectrum you can visit during June for Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival. The week-long festival features indoor and outdoor theatres, and 'The Street of Fools' the festival cafe, Kafe K, and concerts. For the foodies, the area around "Langbryggene" has the highest density of eating and drinking establishments. Look for some traditional norwegian food to tickle your tastebuds. There's no specific standouts in Skien, but dishes include reindeer, sour cream pudding and waffles.

 

images // phil, phillip, nico

mahabis stories // discovering skien

 

The namesake of our classic black is one of Norway's oldest cities. With town history as far back as the middle ages, it was declared a market town in 1358. It used to be Norway's primary port town, and as the norse derives from 'Skiða' which means 'straight plank' many believe it was named after a particularly straight brook or river.

 



Most of its interest today comes from tourists visiting the Telemark Canal. The town is the perfect starting point for an outdoorsy trip in the area. Above the town is the 'Brekkeparken', a park landscaped in a traditionally English style. Touted for blending the urban of the town and the nature surrounding it, it contains waterscapes and floral decorations to creating a delicately beautiful background to Skien. The Fylke museum is also contained within the park and gives an extra cultural depth to any visit. Also in the vein of culture, Skien is the birthplace of famed Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Settings in his notorious dramas are usually nods to olden Skien. Currently the Ibsenhuset houses the culture within the city, including music, artists, theatre and opera. The home to the area's symphony orchestra, Grenland Symfoniorkester and a local culture school.

 



Although not in a region particularly known for its architecture, Skien has an impressive church, featuring stunning stained glass, local glazed stone and one of the largest organs in Norway. The tourist attraction has tours in summer and is well worth a visit.


If at any point you feel the need to escape the city, the area of Børsesjø is close by. A protected nature reserve with hundreds varieties of birds for the undercover ornithologists amongst you, and a plethora of fish for anybody who has an interest in bream, roach or eel.


A path will lead you from Gjerpen church to Børsesjø. Indicated simply as a route to a "Fugletårnet" or bird watching tower, actually lies the path to stunning views and rural peace and quiet. 

 

On the opposite end of the spectrum you can visit during June for Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival. The week-long festival features indoor and outdoor theatres, and 'The Street of Fools' the festival cafe, Kafe K, and concerts. For the foodies, the area around "Langbryggene" has the highest density of eating and drinking establishments. Look for some traditional norwegian food to tickle your tastebuds. There's no specific standouts in Skien, but dishes include reindeer, sour cream pudding and waffles.

 

images // phil, phillip, nico

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