Jotunheim. BESH0. 22. Route. 163
advisable), and for that of the Beshe (8-9 hrs., with guide). Guide,
A good bridle-path leads to the N. in 1 hr. to the Bessa, on the N.
bank of which lie the Bes or BesseSatre. The route to the Veslefjeld
follows the S. bank. Guided by varder, we ascend to the Besvand
(4525 ft.), where the huge Beshe becomes conspicuous. Ascending
to the left, in l1^-^ hrs. more we reach the summit of the barren
and stony Veslefjeld (5675 ft.). The view embraces the whole of
the dark-green Lake Gjende, with the Koldedalstinder and Stelsnaas-
tind to the S.W., and above ali the enormous Beshe quite near. —
We may now follow, towards the W., the narrowing crest of the
Veslefjeld, separating the Besvand from Lake Gjende, which lies
1200 ft. lower, and terminating in the *Besegg, a curious ridge or
aréte, descending precipitously to Lake Gjende.
Travellers with steady heads may descend to the Eid separating the
two lakes, and not rising much above the Besvand. It is also possible to
descend to the Memurubod by skirting the base of the Besh0. It is safer,
however, to return to theBes-Saeters, or to descend direct to Gjendesheim.
The ascent of the *Besh«r (7585 ft. ; 7-8 hrs., there and back)
coincides with that of the Veslefjeld as far as the Besvand; we then
row across the lake and ascend by the Beshebra. If the boat is not
in good condition, we follow the slope on the N. bank as far as the
glacier. The view from the summit embraces the whole of Jotun¬
heim. Far below lie the Memurutunge, the Besvand, Lake Gjende,
and the Rusvand. The slope towards the last is precipitous.
From the Bes-Saaters we may follow the W. bank of the Upper
Sjodalsvand (3255 ft.) to (V/2 hr.) the Besstrands-Sater, and go
thence by a carriage-road, passing the Nedre Sjodalsvand (3240ft.),
traversing a spur ofthe Besstrands Rundhe (4910 ft.), and crossing
the Russa-Elv, to (172hr.) the three —
Ruslien or Rusli-Satre (3125 ft.; good quarters at ali), where
the road from Serum and Storvik ends (p. 64).
Ascent of the Nautgakstind from the Roslien S^tre (3-4 hrs.).
We ascend a cattle-track ('Koraak') to the Hindfly, turn to the left to the
Sendre Tveraa, and round the Russe Rundhe (6233 ft.), traversing 'Ur'.
Fine view of the Tjukningssuen (see below). We now come in sight of
the snowless summit of the "Nautgarstind (7615 ft.), to which we have
stili a steep ascent of fully 1000 ft. on the N.E. side. On the W. side the
Tind ends in a vast 'Botn' or basin, 1600 ft. in depth. Magnificent view.
From the Ruslien S.s:tre to the Memurubod (p. 162), 9 hrs., rather
fatiguing. We at first follow the left bank of the Russa-Elv, wade through
the Sendre and Nordre Tveraa, and reach the (3 hrs.) Rusvasbod, at the E.
end of the Rusvand (4085 ft.). Skirting the lake, we cross several torrents
descending from the N. To the S. are the precipices of the huge Besh0.
At the (3 hrs.) W. end of the lake we ascend the Rusglop, between the Glop-
tind on the E. and Tjukningssuen (7910 ft.) on the W., and then descend
past the Hesttjcern, lying to the right. After following the height to the S.
a little farther, we descend abruptly to the Memurubod.
From Gjendesheim to the Gjendebod (p. 161) an interesting route (to
which the difficulty of crossing the Leirungs-Elv is a serious drawback)
leads through the 0vre Leirungsdal, between the Leirungsbrce and Knuts¬
hulstind, to the Svartdal (p. 159), and thence past the Svartdalsaaxle.
Guide necessary (5-6 kr.).