xvi n. PLAN OF TOUR.
II. Plan of Tour.
A careful plan should be prepared before the traveller leaves
home, but the details must be left to be filled in as he proceeds
on his way. The steamboat arrangements are constantly undergoing
alteration, and the slowness and uncertainty of travelling by car¬
riole and rowing-boat often give rise to disappointment, while
many of the traveller's movements must of course depend on the
state of the weather.
The best season for travelling, both in Sweden and Norway, is
from the beginning of June to the middle of September, but for
the Jotunheim and other mountain regions July and August, as
many of the loftier routes are apt to be obstructed by snow both
earlier and later in the season. The gnats which swarm in some of
the inland districts, especially in the Swedish Norrland, including
Lapland, are a great source of annoyance and suffering, but the
plague generally abates after the middle of August. For a voyage to
the North Cape (R. 30), or to Haparanda and Avasaxa (RR. 31,50),
for the sake of seeing the midnight sun, the best season is from
the middle of June to the end of July. It may also be noted that
August is often a rainy month in the eastern districts of Norway,
while the wet season sets in somewhat later on the W. coast.
An energetic traveller may see almost all the chief points of
interest in Norway and Sweden in 2!/2-3 months, but a thoroughly
exhaustive tour cannot be accomplished in one season. The chief
attractions in Norway are the fjords of the west coast, the Jotun¬
heim Mountains, and the magnificent scenery of the Nordland
within the Arctic Circle. The chief interest of Sweden consists in
its towns and its canals, but picturesque scenery, though on a
smaller scale than that of Norway, also abounds. — The railway
companies have lately begun to issue Circular Tour Tickets,
available for 30-60 days, and these may sometimes be found ser¬
viceable by the tourist in Sweden. He should, however, avoid
routes conducting him over the Kil and Falun railway (p. 359).
The fine scenery on the W. coast of Norway is not included in any
of the districts for which circular tickets are issued. — The routes
given in the Handbook may be combined in many different ways,
but a few of the favourite tours are subjoined as specimens.
i. Two or three Weeks from Christiansand.
From Christiansand by steamer to Stavanger and Odde on the Har¬
danger Fjord, and thence to Bergen (RR. 7-10).......
From Bergen by steamer to Bolstaderen, and by road, small steamer,
and road again to Gudvangen on the Sognefjord (R. 11) ....
From Gudvangen to Lcerdals0ren, and Excursion to the Josledals-
brce (It. 14)....................
From Laerdals0ren over the Mllefjeld to Christiania (R. 13) . . .
ii. Three or Four Weeks from Christiansand.
From Christiansand by steamer to Arendal, and by road to Tin-
osel; or (quicker) ail the way by steamer to Skien, and thence