Leisure and activities


Be sure to experience the great variety of activites, recreation and sports in Skien!

Odd Fotballbarn W1920
Young football players.
Badstue Frank Skien Sauna Boats W1920
Sauna boat in the city centre, photo Charlotte Døvle.

In love with Skien

Get inspiration and tips for what you can do in Skien

What’s on?

Lots of entertainment in Skien, all the year. Check Visit Telemark:



Skien fritidspark

Skien fritidspark is loaded with possibilities for water sports, skating, climbing, frisbeegolfing, skiing – or just a lazy swim.

Brekkeparken park and museum

Look into real Telemark history and tradition:


Henrik Ibsen museum

At Henrik Ibsen museum you can see and experience where the Ibsen family lived.

Explore nature

The Norwegian Tour Assosiation


The local tourist’s association




For questions, please call + 47 35 53 25 55 or e-mail: telemark@dnt.no


Skien and Telemark have several lovely tracks and roads suitable for cycling, both in the mountains, in the towns or by the coast.


Odd is from Skien and plays in the football's top division in Norway. We recommend going to a match.

Take a bath outside

Small, pretty waterfalls and lakes where nobody watches you. Or more crowded by the coast beaches or in right in the town centre? You will find many places to take an outdoor bath in Skien.

ODEON kino Skien

A night at the movies? In Norway no film is dubbed:


Gea Norvegica Geopark

Interested in minerals or just stones? We have a geopark in our region

The municipal service center, phone + 47 35 58 10 00, helps you.


The municipality of Skien’s children’s litterature festival goes on every September.

Salmon fishing in the city centre

Skien has two water mirrors that are connected with a lock. In 2018  a new fish ladder was installed in the city centre, which helps the salmons swim from the river to the lake (and the opposite way).

You may fish salmon a short walk from the city centre from June 1st to August 31th. Read about rules and fees for fishing in the city centre.

Grenland golfklubb

Jønnevald golf course are situated north of Skien city centre.

Spare time activities

Skien kulturskole. Do you want to play an instrument? Sing? Act? Draw? Skien school of culture is the right place to go and get lessons.

After school activities. Fritidsenheten have youth clubs and after school activities for children and young people from 10 to 18 years.

Hedvigs Hybel is the hub for young people close to Skien library. Grab a bite, do your homework, read or listen to music.  For everybody under the age of 23. Occasional quiz, concerts and stage sessions.

Sports. In Skien we have a very good sporting environment with a large selection of different sports; football, handball, horse riding, shooting team, orienteering, bowlingclub, ju jitsu, bicycle, athletics team, skiing, ice skating, table tennis, padel tennis, basketball, hockey, swimming, boxing, taekwondo and more. 

For a complete overview, see the assosiation register in Skien kommune.

A fisherman tries his luck fishing in Klosterfossen.
A fisherman tries his luck fishing in Klosterfossen. Photo: Per-Åge Eriksen
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