Tips fra Visit Norway
Meet Elin Camilla Nilsen from Porsgrunn. Elin lives together with her cats Magnus and Lucy. She has been working for Uloba, the biggest User-Controlled Personal Assistance (UCPA) in Norway, for the last 12 years. Elin is also head of a muscular dystrophies association in Telemark in addition to being a deputy representative on its board. She has travelled throughout Norway as part of her job, but now spends most of her time in Porsgrunn.
Today, she is able to explore independently, thanks to her electric wheelchair and recent accessibility improvements in Norway. One of her favourite places to visit is Skien Fritidspark. The entire park is accessible, including this zipline!
“I live my life as normally as possible. I love cooking, attending concerts and festivals, and outdoor activities. My assistants (UCPA) are the solution to everything. They are key to my being able to live an active life.” - Elin Camilla Nilsen
Elin's top accessible travel tips:
1. Skien Fritidspark: This is a park where you'll find attractions like a climbing park with a zipline, indoor climbing, curling, mini golf, bungee trampoline, and an indoor waterpark and hotel – all suitable for people with varying degrees of disability! No wonder Skien is the proud recipient of the Accessibility Award in both 2018 and 2020. Skien fritidspark has several parking areas and all the roads are paved and step free. The entire water park is barrier-free and disabled adapted. The hotel offers 32 rooms, 10 of which have integrated hoists and 5 of which have height adjustable toilets and sinks. Assistance dogs are also allowed in most areas.
2. Tretoppvegen in Fyresdal: Go for a walk ... in the treetops! The Treetop road in Hamaren activity park is a universally designed trail suitable for all user groups. The trail is located right beside Fyresvatn lake and is surrounded by beautiful pine forest by an exciting rock formation called Klokkarhamaren. There are a variety of activities on offer. Enjoy yourself in this fantastic outdoor area.
3. Kristiansand Zoo: Explore Nordic wilderness and wildlife, including wolves, lynxes, and moose, among many other activities. Kristiansand Zoo consists of several parks combined: a zoo and an entertainment park with different theme areas, as well as an indoor and outdoor water park, a park within the park, where you need an additional ticket to enter. It has both electric and manual wheelchairs for hire.
4. Ibsenhuset in Skien: Ibsenhuset (The Ibsen house) is Skien's cultural centre and offers a wide selection of concerts and shows throughout the year. Ibsenhuset is well equipped for wheelchair users, but if you are going to be seated at the front of Dovregubben's Hall, do contact the ticket office in advance.
5. Ælvespeilet in Porsgrunn: Kulturhuset Ælvespeilet is Porsgrunn's cultural hall for young and old. It hosts everything from a children's program to concerts in all genres. It has parking and lifts and getting around in a wheelchair in unproblematic. Row 12 is reserved for wheelchairs, but you need to book in advance.