If you are tired of the congested "big city" life in Skien, go to the nearby cosy small town of Porsgrunn.
Skien fritidspark (Fritidsparken), Moflatveien 38. 3733 Skien, ☎ +47 35541000, . One of the largest sports facilities in Norway, consisting of indoor and outdoor ice rinks, an artificial grass pitch, outdoor tennis courts, a full-size sports hall, a downhill/snowboard slope with a snow cannon system, cross country skiing, tracks in the woods for walking, a playground, beach-volleyball courts and beach-handball courts, a waterpark, an outdoor climbing park, a BMX track, a youth hostel and a hotel. edit
As with most medium sized Norwegian cities, there is no abundance of restaurants in Skien. There is decent Chinese cuisine available, as well as Greek, Italian and Pizza restaurants. The area around "Langbryggene" has the highest density of eating and drinking establishments.
Thon Hotel Høyers, Kongensgate 6 . This unique hotel dating back to 1853 is known for its style and atmosphere and is also Telemark’s oldest hotel. If you enter Skien from the south side, you will find that we have a central location and easy access.