II. STEAMBOAT LINES.
It. 5s., inc.]. food); 'Finland Steamship Co.', Wed., touching at Helsing-
fors, and every alternate Sat., touching at Abo (fares 21. 10s., It. 10s.;
return-ticket 31. 15s., 21. 5s.; food 5-6*. per day). — (3). From Leith, 'James
Currie & Co.', via, Christiansand, Thurs., in 54 hrs. (31. 3s., II. lis. 6d.;
1st cl. return-ticket 51. 5s.); returning Thursdays.
To Esbjerg. (1). From Harwich, 'United S.S. Co. of Copenhagen', Mon.,
Thurs., & Sat. (returning Tues., Wed., & Sat.) in 25 hrs. (11. 10s., 15s.;
1st cl. return - ticket 21. 5*.; food 5*. per day in the 1st cl., and 2s. per
day in the 2nd cl.). — (2). From Grimsby, 'United S.S. Co. of Copen¬
hagen' (in connection with 'Great Central Railway') Mon. and Thurs.
(returning Tues. and Frid.) in 33 hrs. (11. 10s., 15s.; return-ticket 21. 5s.,
II. 10s.; food extra).
Most travellers to Norway will find the steamers of the 'Wilson
Line' (Thos. Wilson, Sons, fy Co., Hull) or of the 'Bergenske and
Nordenfjeldske Cos.' (P. H. Matthiessen fy Co., 25 Queen St., New¬
castle; Messrs. Berg-Hansenfy Co., Christiania) good and convenient.
The last-named company also has an excellent service between Nor¬
way and Hamburg, for which return-tickets from Newcastle are also
available. Esbjerg (p. 436) has direct railway-connection with Copen¬
hagen and with Gotenburg via Fredericia and Frederikshavn (R. 75).
The German mail-steamers plying twice daily in each direction be¬
tween Kiel and Korsbr (p. 429) in 5 hrs. (fares 11 Ji 30. 4 Jl
50 pf.) and between Wamemtinde and Ojedser (p. 429) in 2 hrs.
may also be mentioned.
Yachting Cruises. Comfortable excursion-steamers (1000-4000
tons) ply frequently during the season from British ports to the
Norwegian fjords, Bergen, Trondhjem, the North Cape, etc. They
follow a fixed itinerary at an inclusive charge, details of which may
be obtained from the agents. These so-called yachts visit some of
the finest fjords in Norway and give opportunities for occasional ex¬
cursions on land, but they inevitably miss many of the peculiar
beauties of the country. A prolonged cruise in one of these floating
hotels is apt to prove monotonous and enervating, and to leave the
passenger's mind almost a blank with regard to the great charms of
real Norwegian travel.
Tourist Agents. Messrs. Thos. Cook § Son, Messrs. Henry Gaze
$ Sons, and Dr. Lunn, in London, and T. Bennett fy Sons and
F. Beyer, at Christiania and Bergen, issue railway, steamboat, Skyds
(or posting), and hotel tickets and coupons for various routes. This
system saves trouble at a sacrifice of independence. As a rule it is
advisable not to fix one's route before leaving London, but to wait until
Christiania or Bergen is reached. 'The Norway Tourist's Weekly
News', which often contains useful information, is published by
Beyer at Bergen, and is to be seen at many of the hotels.
III. Season and Plan of Tour.
Season. The best season for 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