Jotunheim. GJENDEBOD. 22. Route. 161
Fairly experienced mountain-climbers should combine the ascent of
the Gjendetunge (p. 162), bounding the valley on the W., with this route
(a digression of 172-2 hrs.). About l/t hr. after crossing the above-men-
tioned plateau we bend to the left and ascend to the N. over the débris
on the steep slope of the Tungepigge, opposite the glacier of the Sletmark¬
pig. Another hour, on the W. side of the Tungepigge, brings us to the
first summit of the Gjendetunge, falling precipitously to Lake Gjende.
The descent leads to the Store Aadal (p. 16'-').
The route in the Vesle Aadal follows the course of the stream
down to Lake Gjende. Here we turn to the N. and cross by a
bridge to the —
Gjendebod (20 beds; good wine; fixed tariff; B. 70, D. lkr. 30,
S. 70 e.), a tourists' hut at the entrance to the Store Aadal, and at
the foot of the precipices of the Memurutunge. This is the centre
par excellence of the Jotunheim tourist trafile. The post-office
delivers letters here. Guide, Ole J. Steinom. — Boat to the Memuru-
bod with 1 rower for 1, 2, or 3 pers., 2kr., 2 kr. 40, 3 kr. 20 e.,
with 2 rowers 3 kr. 60 e., 4 kr., 4 kr. 80 e. ; to Gjendesheim with
1 rower 3kr.20e., 4kr., 5kr.20e., with 2 rowers 6kr., 6kr. 80 e.,
or (also for 4pers.) 8 kr. A second rower is always advisable.
*Lake Gjende (3210 ft.), 18 Kil. long, I-I1/2 Kil- hroad, and
480 ft. deep at places, extends fromW. to E., where the Sjoa, a
tributary of the Laagen, issues from it. It presents a stili more
Alpine character than Lake Bygdin. On both sides it is enclosed
by abrupt mountains, of which the Bestie (7585 ft.), on the N. or
'Solside', and the Knutshulstind (7680 ft.) and Svartdalspig
(7030 ft.), on the S. or 'Bagside', are the highest. These peaks are
not seen from the Gjendebod, but become visible as we ascend the
Store Aadal. There are few places on the banks of the lake where
landing or walking for any distance is practicable. The colour of
the water is green, especially when seen from a height. The lake is
fed by several wild glacier-torrents. Storms often make boating
impossible for days together, and the N. wind sometimes divides
in the middle of the lake and blows E. and W. at the same time.
The Ascent of the Memurutunge takes about 4 hrs., there and back,
or including the descent to the Memurubod 6 hrs. at least (guide 2 kr.).
From the Gjendebod we may either make the very steep ascent to the E.
by the Bukkelceger or the Hegsluelefte (dangerous without a guide), or fol¬
low the bridle-path through the Store Aadal for about i'/a hr., ascending
the left bank of the stream, and then mount rapidly to the right (prac¬
ticable for riding; see p. 163). The'Memurutunge, a plateau about 5020 ft.
in height, with snow-fìelds, small lakes, and interesting Alpine flora, forms
a kind of mountain-peninsula, bounded ontheW. by the Store Aadal, on
the S. by the Gjende, and on the E. and N. by the Memuru-Elv. Farther
N. it is encircled by lofty snow-mountains.
The View embraces, to the S., the Knutshulstind with its deep 'Huf,
the Svartdalspig, and between them the deep Svartdal; then the Langedal
and the Sletmarkpig; to the W. rise the pointed Melkedalstinder and
Rauddalstinder, prominent among which is the Skarvdalstind, ali near the
Rauddal. To the N.W. lies the Langevand with the Sm0rstabtinder, the
Kirke, and the Uladalstinder. To the N. the Hinaatjernh0, Memurutinder,
and Tjukningssuen. To the E., the Besh0. — Instead of returning the same
way, it is far more interesting to traverse the Memurutunge to its E. end
(guide) and then make the steep descent to the Memurubod. In this case
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