Ihe object of the Handbook for Norway and Sweden is
to supply the traveller with information regarding the most
interesting scenery and physical characteristics of these
countries, and with a few notes on the history, languages,
and customs of the inhabitants. Like the Editor's other
handbooks it is based on his personal acquaintance with the
country described, a great part of which he has himself ex¬
plored , visiting the most important places repeatedly. His
exertions to secure the accuracy and completeness of the
work have been supplemented by the kind assistance of sever¬
al gentlemen, Norwegian, Swedish, English, and German,
to whom his grateful acknowledgements are due. If, how¬
ever, any of the statements in the Handbook should be found
erroneous or defective, he will gratefully receive any correc¬
tions or suggestions with which travellers may favour him.
The traveller will effect a considerable saving both of time
and money by preparing an outline of his tour before leaving
home, but the details cannot be finally adjusted until the
latest local time-tables have been consulted. The most im¬
portant of these are 'Norges Communicationer' for Norway
and 'Sveriges Kommunikationer' for Sweden, both issued
weekly in summer at Christiania and Stockholm respectively
(price 20 o.); but these publications, the latter in particular,
are far from complete, containing no mention of many of the
small steamboats which ply on the remoter fjords, lakes, and
rivers. An excellent itinerary for the southern districts of
Norway is the 'Lommereiseroute' (usually published in June,
price 1 kr. 30 ».).
On the Maps and Plans of the most important districts
and towns the utmost care has been bestowed, and it ishoped
that they will be found to suffice for all ordinary travellers.
Heights are given approximately in English feet (1 Norw.
ft. = 1.029 Engl. ft.; 1 Sw. ft. = 0.974 Engl. ft.). Distan¬
ces by land and on inland lakes are given in kilometres, as
the tariffs for carrioles and boats are now calculated on the
metrical system (comp. pp. xxn, xxm), while those by sea
are stated in nautical miles (1 naut. M. = 4 Engl. M.). The
Populations and other statistics are given from the most
recent official sources.
First-class Hotels, though much less numerous in Norway