146 Route 22. SKOGADALSB0EN. Jotunheim.
From Vetti (p. 144) to the Fleskedals-Satre, 2!/2 hrs., see p. 145.
Our route ascends the green Friken (46,30 ft. ; the highest point re-
mains to the right), following the 'Varder', descends after 3/4 hr.,
and then skirts the slope high above the Utladal, affording a *View
of the Horùnger, whose sharp peaks tower above a vast expanse of
snow: to the left, the Skagastelstinder rising above the Midtmaradal,
then, the Styggedalstind, the E. buttress of the group, descending
into the Maradal, with the extensive Maradalsbrae (p. 167). To the
S., in the prolongation of the Utladal, we see the Blejan and the
Fresviksfjeld (p. 132); to the S.E., the Stelsnaastind; to the E.,
the sharp pyramid of the Uranaastind; to the N., the mountains of
the Skogadal and Utladal.
In 3/a hr. more we see below us, to the left, on the other side
of the valley, the Vormelid-Saters, the starting-point of the first
climbers of the Store Skagastelstind (route from Gjertvasbeen, see
p. 150). In front of us are Skogadalsbeen and the Guridals-Sasters
(p. 144). The path descends rapidly through fatiguing underwood
('Vir') to (3/i hr.) a small birch-wood. In 10 min. more the lonely
Uradal opens on the right, with an immense mass of 'Ur', fallen
from the S. slopes. At the E. end of the Uradal rises the Uranaas¬
tind (p. 157). We cross the Uradela by a small bridge ('Klop').
We then follow a cattle-track ('Koraak') through sparse birch-wood
at the foot ofthe Urabjerg, cross a bridge over the Melkedels-Elv or
Skogadala, and (i/a hr.) reach —
Skogadalsberen (2915ft. ; "ClubHut), consisting of two saeters,
always inhabited in summer (from 24th June till the beginning of
September). This is an excellent starting-point for excursions in
the E. part of the Horùnger (p. 149).
From Skogadalsb0en we may scale the Skogadalsnaasi (6080 ft. ; 3-4
hrs , there and back), without a guide, by ascending the valley to the
('/a hr.) Lusahouge (see below) and then climbing to the right. The direct
ascent from the saeters is very steep. Grand mountain-view. — From
Skogadalsb0en we may also ascend the Uranaastind (p. 157).
The ascent of the Gjertvastind (p. 167) takes 8-10 hrs. from Skoga-
dalsbaen, there and back. The ascent proper begins at Gjertvasbeen
(2950 ft. ; p. 167), and up the Gjertvasnaasi. In l-lV2hr. we reach the first
plateau (4265 ft.), and in 3 hrs. more the Gjertvastop (4685 ft.). About 500 ft.
higher we reach the base of the peak, then ascend a slope of snow, and
partly over rock, and lastly by a broad crest to the summit.
We continue our journey through the Utladal. Horses may he
obtained at Skogadalsbeen to carry us to a point beyond Muran
(1 kr. ; no saddles). We pass a bridge, crossed by the path to the
Keiser (p. 168), follow the E. bank ofthe Utla, pass the abandoned
Lusahoug-Sater, and (3/4 hr.) reach the confluence of the /Store and
Vette Utla. The latter descends on the left from the Velie ('little')
Utladal, and forms several falls over the rocky barrier of the
Tunghoug. The Store Utla, along which the steep path ascends,
has forced its passage through the rocks and dashes along its chan¬
nel far below. On the left rises the Hillerhei (5260 ft.). Fine view