xiv III. SEASON AND PLAN OF TOUR.
on these pleasure-steamers who have not had time to become prop-
erly acquainted with the country.
Tourist Agents. The tourist-offìces of Messrs. T. Cook $ Son and
of Henry Gaze $ Sons, in London, and those of T. Bennett fy Sons
and of F. Beyer, at Christiania and Bergen, issue railway, steamboat,
Skyds (or posting), and hotel coupons for a number of different
routes. Those unused are received back under deduction of 10 per
cent of their cost. This system saves trouble at a corresponding
sacrifice of independence. As a general rule it is advisable not to
flx one's route absolutely before leaving London, but to wait until
Christiania or Bergen is reached. 'The Norway Tourist's "Weekly
News', which often contains information of considerable importance
to tourists, is published by Beyer at Bergen, and is to be seen at
III. Season and Pian of Tour.
Season. The best season for travelling, both in Norway and
Sweden, is from the beginning of June to the middle of September;
but July and August are the best months for the higher mountains,
where snow is apt to fall both earlier and later. -For a voyage to the
North Cape (RR. 30-34), for the sake of seeing the midnight sun,
the season is from the middle of June to the end of July. August
is often a rainy month in the eastern districts of Norway, while
the wet season sets in later on the west coast.
Pian of Tour. An energetic traveller may see the chief points
of interest in Norway and Sweden in 2y2-3 months, but an ex-
haustive tour cannot be accomplished in one season.
Those who have devoted a first visit to obtaining a general idea
of the country, may well spend one or more subsequent seasons in
the exploration of particular districts. The less time and energy
spentin covering long distances between pointandpoint, the greater
will be the enjoyment of the districts visited.
It need hardly be added that travellers who are addicted to
luxurious hotels and the distractions of watering-places and other
fashionable resorts will not flnd Norway to their taste. On the other
hand, trae lovers of nature will carry away with them an enthusiastic
admiration for its scenery, and will gladly seek opportunities of
renewing their impressions.
Tourists who content themselves with a Yachting Cruise along
the coast have, of course, their travelling-plan determined by the
programme of the steamer. Most travellers, however, will flnd it much
more satisfactory to form plans for independent tours for themselves,
and we therefore give a few specimens below, which" may easily be
altered with the help of the Handbook or extended by the inclusion of
excursions from the main track, etc.
The fìnest scenery in Norway lies on the W. coast, the chief
points being the Hardanger Fjord, Sognefjord, Nordfjord, Send-