Welcome to Seljord Hotell, a hotel with history and charm
Right in the heart of Telemark is Seljord, home of the lake monster, an ideal starting point for great adventures all over Telemark. The national road E134 passes right through the village, making Seljord a perfect hub between the East and West Coast of Norway.
The hotel is the ideal starting point for excursions and sporting activities, thanks to its central location in the heart of Telemark. Summer or winter, you will experience a relaxing and unforgettable stay with us in a delightful atmosphere.
Seljord Hotel’s traditions date back to 1857. From back then until today, the hotel has served as a coaching inn, a school for domestic science and home economics, guesthouse and hotel.
The charming hotel was built in the traditional Swiss style and was designed with great attention to detail.
The hotel is located right in the center of Seljord and has 18 double rooms and 3 family rooms, each with its own historical name. In the restaurant you will be able to enjoy our carefully prepared dishes with regional influences, prepared from market-fresh ingredients. The dining room and conservatory offer up to 70 seats. For your seminars, conferences, workshops or other business events, we will gladly provide any our 3 conference rooms, two modern meeting rooms and one smaller meeting room with traditional décor. You can also unwind in the library besides a cosy fire.
In and around Seljord
The church of Seljord was built in the 10th century. On the western facade of the church, near the entrance is a Trojaburg painted. In front of the church stands the Anne Grimsdalens Monument and a stone with a weight of 570 kg, which according to legend «Sterke-Nils» (Nils Olsson Langedal, 1772-1800) picked up.
Lake Seljordsvannet with its famous lake monster Selma is a paradise for nature lovers and here you can go fishing, paddling or swimming.
Around Seljord there are beautiful hiking possibilities for shorter day trips as well as for longer trips in the mountains Skorve, Mælefjell, Lifjell and Bjørge.
The agricultural fair Dyrsku’n, which has been in Seljord since 1866, has developed into a major trading market and takes place every year in September. In July, the Seljord Festival is held every year with theater, competitions in dance and violin play and art exhibitions. Also in July is the Country festival.
Attractions in the area
The Telemark Canal
In addition to the Haldenkanal, the Telemark Canal is the only channel system in Norway. It is 105 kilometers long and runs from the sea (the North Sea) to the Norwegian region of Telemark. When the canal was completed in 1892, it looked like an «eighth world-wonder” to the Europeans. With its 18 locks, the canal formed a useful waterway from the coast to the mountains for the first time.
The two nostalgic canal vessels M / S «Victoria» and M / S «Henrik Ibsen» run regularly between May and September between Skien and Dalen. The slightly more recently built M / S «Telemark» runs between Akkerhaugen and Lunde.
Stave Church of Heddal
Norway’s largest stave church was built around 1200 and is still used. The Rose drawings date from circa 1600, the «chair of the bishop» and a church ship from the Middle Ages. Guided tours are available in English and there is an exhibition in the barn of the parsonage. The church is located just outside of Notodden, near the E 134.
Norway’s largest aqua park is one of the most beautiful in Europe. In Bø Sommarland you can surf on the largest artificial wave in the world and try out Norway’s longest water slide.
The northern part of Telemark is dominated by Hardangervidda, one of Europe’s largest high plateaus. Here, Northern Europe’s largest stock of reindeer lives.
There are also many museums in Telemark, e.g. Vest Telemark Museum in Eidsborg, the Norwegian Industrial Work Museum in Rjukan and the Henrik Ibsen Museum in Skien.
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