160 Route 22. SVARTDALSAAXLE. Jotunheim.
particularly the pointed Semmeltind. Beyond a second, and smaller, lake
(4750 ft.) and a glacier descending from the left, we enter the Svartdal, and
follow the right (E.) bank of the Svartdela ; to the left tower the huge
Svartdalspigge. We then cross to the left bank, and soon reach the
huge precipice descending to Lake Gjende, called Gjendebrynet, through
which the Svartd0la has worn a deep gorge, the Svartdalsglup. We may
either follow the latter from varde to varde, or, better, ascend a ridge
covered with loose stones to the left to the -Svartdalsaaxle (5866 ft?),
which commands a superb survey of the whole N. side of Jotunheim. Far
below lies Lake Gjende (From the Svartdalsaaxle we may ascend the
Svartdalspig without difficulty.) We now descend totheW., below the
Langedalsbrae, at first rapidly over loose stones (caution necessary), and
then over soft grass ; then by the course of the glacier-stream into the
Vesle-Aadal, whence we soon reach the Gjendebod (p. 161). Or, on reach-
ing Lake Gjende, we may shout for a boat to ferry us across (10 min).
Voyaging on Lake Bygdin, we next pass the Langedals-Elv,
and then the Galdeberg, from which falls the Galdebergsfos. On
the S. side of the lake rises Dryllenesen (4934 ft.). Rounding the
sheer rocks of the Galdeberg, we observe to the right above us the
Galdebergstind, and facing us the Langeskavl (or Rustegg) with
the Uranaastind (p. 157), an imposing scene. On the right next
opens the valley of the Heistakka, which forms a waterfall. To
the S.W. rise the Koldedalstinder (p. 157), and lastly, to the S.,
the Skinegg (p. 155). Looking back, we observe the three peaks
of the Sletmarkpig (p. 159). The lake owes its milky colour here
to the Melkedela, a genuine glacier-brook. After a row of 6 hrs.
we reach Eidsbugaren (p. 157).
i. From Eidsbugaren to the Gjendebod on Lake Gjende.
From Eidsbugaren to the Gjendebod, 4-5 hrs. ; guide (hardly necessary,
though the path is rough) 2 kr. 40 0., horse 4 kr. (A stili fìner route is
that already described, from Nyboden through the Thorfinsdal, p. 159.)
Eidsbugaren, see p. 157. We follow the N. bank of Lake Byg¬
din, cross (74 hr.) the rapid Melkedela (see above) by a narrow
wooden bridge, and skirt the lake to (1 hr.) the mouth of the
Heistakka or (74 hr. farther) the mouth of the Tolorma, which
point may also be reached by boat (with one rower, for 1, 2,
3 persons, 80 e., 1 kr., or 1 kr. 20 e.). Grand view, looking back,
of the snow-mountains to the W. (comp. pp. 155, 157).
Paths ascend the left bank of the Heistakka and the right bank
of the Tolorma, skirting the W. and E. sides of the hill of Heistak-
kene and then uniting. To the E. rises the Galdebergstind (6785ft.).
We then ascend the Oxdalshe, crossing (I72 hr.) a brook which
descends thence. To the left rises the Grenneberg (4210 ft.), at
the foot of which lies the Grennebergstjern (4110 ft.), traversed
by the Heistakka. Farther on we have the Sjugulstind (7040 ft.)
011 the left, and to the right the huge Sletmarkpig (7070 ft.), from
which the Sletmarkbra descends to the N. into the Vesle Aadal.
The route ascends rapidly to the plateau between the Gjeithe
(4790 ft.) and the Rundtom (4870 ft.), skirting the W. side of a
small lake, and descends abruptly to the N.E. into the Vesle Aadal.