Kviteseidbyen, the districts administrative
and commercial centre, is beautifully located
on the Telemark Canal midway between
Vrådal, a popular tourist area, and Morgedal,
the birthplace of modern skiing. Kviteseidbyen
is a pleasant community with a smalltown
atmosphere. The waterfront amphitheatre
is a venue for theatre and concerts.
Here you will also find guest moorings and outdoor swimming facilities. The canal boats Victoria and Henrik Ibsen, which operate cruises on the lovely Telemark Canal, call twice daily at Kviteseid pier during the peak season. The bronze sculpture of Telemark cattle is the work of Trygve Barstad, and the emigrants memorial was created by Gunnar Utsond (18641950). Kviteseidbyen is home to around 40 businesses of various kinds.
Kviteseid Bygdetun, a folk museum with 12 traditional buildings, and the 12th-century Kviteseid church are just outside the town centre. The folk museum also has a collection of sculptures by Gunnar Utsond.
Morgedal birthplace of modern skiing and home of Sondre Norheim is centrally located on Hwy E134 in the heart of Telemark. This is where the Olympic flame was lit for the winter games in Oslo in 1952, Squaw Valley in 1960 and Lillehammer in 1994. Morgedal has a hotel and a campsite.
The Norsk Skieventyr visitor centre traces the history of skiing through an audiovisual presentation and exhibition. The centre is surrounded by the winter landscape of Morgedal, with Sondre Norheims home, ski trails and a skimaking workshop near by.
Olav Bjåland, a native of Morgedal, was a member of Roald Amundsens expedition to the South Pole. Sleighs and other equipment from the expedition are on display. Øverbø, the cottars farm where Sondre Norheim was born, is a great destination for a hike inMorgedal. The house, measuring just 15 square metres, that Sondre shared with his family is still there.
More information on Kviteseid district: www.kviteseid.kommune.no Kviteseid tourist information centre: +47 35 05 31 70 - www.kviteseidbyen.no Vrådal tourist information centre: Tel. +47 35 05 63 70 - www.vraadal.com Morgedal tourist information centre: Tel. +47 35 05 42 50- www.morgedal.com