Skien is one of the oldest towns in Norway, dating from 1100 and was established as a municipality in 1838. Today, it is part of the seventh largest Norwegian city, together with Porsgrunn and Bamble. It suffered big and repeated natural disasters, like fire and floods; after the last fire in 1886, Skien was completely rebuilt. Nowadays, tourists are coming here mainly to begin a journey along the Telemark Canal. The most famous name related to Skien is Henrik Ibsen, born here in 1828; you can visit the Ibsen Museum at the Venstop Farm. Shopping amateurs will find here four nice shopping malls.