III. PLAN OF TOUR.
is apt to fall both earlier and later. For a voyage to the North Cape
(RR 30-34), to see the midnight sun, the season is from the
middle of June to the end of July. August is often a rainy month
in Eastern Norway ; the wet season sets in later on the West coast.
Plan of Tour. An energetic traveller may see the chief points
of interest in Norway and Sweden in 2i/2-3 months, but an ex¬
haustive tour cannot be made in one season. After a first visit
devoted to obtaining a general idea of the country, the traveller is
advised to spend one or more seasons in exploring particular districts.
The less time and strength expended in covering long distances, the
greater will be the enjoyment of the tour. Travellers addicted to
fashionable resorts and luxurious hotels will not find Norway to
their taste, but true lovers of nature will carry away with them an
enthusiastic admiration for its scenery, and will gladly seek to
renew their impressions.
As those who take a so-called Yachting Cruise along the coast
are tied down by the programme of the steamer, most travellers
will prefer to form independent plans for themselves. The specimens
given below may easily be modified with the help of the Handbook
or extended by digressions from the main tTack.
The finest scenery in Norway is on the W. coast, where the
Hardanger Fjord, the Sognefjord, the Nordfjord, the Sendmere,
Molde, and the Romsdal are the great attractions, while the Jotun-
heim, to the E. of the Sognefjord, is a splendid field for mountaineers.
The voyage to the Norrland, passing the Lofoten Islands, is most
impressive. But beautiful scenery abounds in S. Norway also, where
Christiania, the capital, is well worthy of a visit.
In the S. of Sweden the chief attractions are Stockholm, several
other towns, and the great Canals. Wisly, with its mediaeval ruins,
is also interesting. The Swedish Norrland is inferior in grandeur
to the W. coast of Norway, but its beautiful coasts, its river-scenery,
and its magnificent waterfalls, such as those of the Indals-Elf, the
Angerman-Elf, and Lule-Elf, richly repay a visit. Not the least
charm of the Norrland is the paucity of noisy tourists.
The time allowed for the following routes is very limited, and
it will often have to be exceeded, especially when steamboats are
late or time-tables are altered. In every case the 'Commumcationer
(p xvii) should be carefully consulted. Combined tickets for rail¬
ways, steamers, carriages, and hotels, obtainable from the tourists
agents (pp. 10, 132), are convenient for novices, but the ex¬
perienced traveller will greatly prefer to be independent, especially
as these tickets would tend to increase and not to dimmish his
I. Tour of Ten or Eleven Weeks. Days
From Hull or Newcastle to Stavanger . ■ ■ • • • ■ • • • • • 2
From Stavanger by steamer on the Suldalsvand (p. 113) and thence
drive to the Breifond Hotel (p. 114)........... *