V. TOURIST CLUBS.
elsewhere. A supply of stout cord and straps will be useful, and
a strong umbrella is indispensable. Note also that even the larger
carriages are not adapted for carrying large and heavy boxes.
Equipment. Things not absolutely needed should be eschewed.
Tolerable food may be had almost everywhere, but a supply of tea
and essence of coffee may usefully be carried. Spirits are not sold
at the inns, but good cognac may be bought in the larger towns
for 4-5 kr. per bottle. A field-glass (Kikkert), a pocket-corkscrew,
and a small clothes-brush will be found desirable. As to clothing,
two strong but light tweed suits, a change of warm underclothing,
a pair of light shoes for steamboat and cariole use, and a pair of
strong Alpine boots for mountaineering should suffice. Add a long
ulster, a light waterproof, and a couple of square yards of stout
waterproof material as a wrapper for coats and rugs, or for covering
the knees in wet weather, as the aprons (Skvcetlxder) of the carioles
are often damaged. Visitors to Lapland and the Swedish Norr¬
land should further be provided with veils to keep off the gnats.
Ladies travelling in Norway should also dress as simply, strongly,
and comfortably as possible, eschewing ornament. For the rougher
mountain tours they should take stout gaiters or leggings.
Further Hints. A few safety-pins may be useful in keeping scanty
sheets from parting company with the blankets or shrinking into a wisp. —
For mountaineering it is most important to have very strong boots, water¬
proof if possible, and high in the ankle, as bogs and water-courses often
have to be crossed. To the above equipment may be added a pocket-
compass, blue spectacles, sewing-materials, a few buttons, arnica, glycerine,
court-plaster, and a candle or two. A strong alpstock is also desirable.
In the Swedish Norrland a veil for protection against the gnats, oil (Myg-
golja) to apply to their biles, and carbolic soap are essenlial. For tours
beyond the limits of the Handbook travellers require a tent, 'bandsko',
sleeping-sacks, elc, as to which the Tourists' Union at Stockholm may be
consulted (pp. 307, 391).
Tourist Clubs. The Norske Turistforening, founded in 1866,
builds refuge-huts, improves paths, appoints guides, etc. In 1908
it had over 2300 members, including about 400 foreigners, mostly
British. The subscription is 4 kr. per annum (life-membership
50 kr.), for which the subscriber receives the annual Transactions
(Aarbog). The club-button (Xlubknap), a useful distinctive badge,
costs li/2 kr. more. Besides many local tourists' club there is also
a Norwegian Club in London (112 Strand), which has a good library
and publishes a year-book.
The Svenska Turistforening (Stockholm, p. 307), a similar club,
founded in 1884, numbers ovot 36,000 members. The annual sub¬
scription for foreigners is 4 kr., which entitles the member to a copy
of the 'Arsskrift. The club-button costs l3/4 kr. The club has
representatives (Ombud) everywhere, who courteously assist and
advise both members and strangers. On application a circular is
sent from the club's offices at Stockholm, containing much useful
information, especially as to the Swedish Norrland.