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Slow stations in the country.
Fast stations in the towns and
in the country (new tariff; old
Travellers accompanied by a guide may always employ him as
a rower, and thus dispense with one of the boat's usual crew. Each
rower generally wields (or 'sculls' with) two oars. A boat manned
with two rowers is therefore called a Firring, or four-oared boat,
one manned with three rowers a Sexring, and with four rowers an
Ottering. The number of persons accommodated depends on the
size of the boat. For a large party, or where speed is desired, three
or four rowers had better be taken. Farther information, if desired,
will be found in the Lommereiseroute ('pocket travelling itinerary'),
published every summer by Abelsted of Christiania (price 1 kr.
30 e.). The exact fare, however, may always be ascertained by en¬
quiry on the spot, and attempts at extortion are happily rare.
Pedestrian Tours. Neither Norway nor Sweden is suitable for
long walking excursions, as the distances are too great, and the
points of interest lie too far apart. Many of the expeditions re¬
commended above to the notice of pedestrians and mountaineers
may be accomplished on horseback, but there is no lack of glacier-
excursions and mountain-ascents which can be undertaken on foot
only. In mountainous regions, as well as on high roads, the natives
usually reckon the distances by Norwegian miles. On an ordinary
road a mile may easily be walked in two hours, but on rough ground
three hours at least should be allowed for each mile.
IV. Luggage. Equipment. Tourist Club.
Luggage. Travellers who intend to perform the whole of their
tour in Norway and Sweden by railway and steamboat need not
restrict the quantity of their luggage, but those who purpose tra¬
velling by carriole should, if possible, limit themselves to 30-40
lbs., and this had better be divided between a small and strong