14 Route 2. SANDVIKEN. From Christiania
3 Kil. Bygde, on the bay of Frognerkilen K is the station for
Bygda and Oscarshall (20 min.; see p. 11). Charming scenery.
About l1^ Engl. M. distant is the Kastelbakke, where snow-shoe
races ('Skirend'; 'Skier', snow-shoes) take place in winter. —
6 Kil. Lysaker, at the mouth of the S0rkedalselv, descending from
the Bogstad-Vand, to which a beautiful route leads to the N. From
the E. side of the lake, a steep path ascends to the Frognersseter
To the right rise the imposing Aaser, a porphyry range of hills.
The Silurian strata are here intersected by dykes of greenstone,
the most interesting of which is seen near (10 Kil.) H0vik, where
it forms a lofty wall, 2 ft. in thickness, in the midst of the disin¬
tegrated slate. Farther on the train skirts the Enger-Vand, also to
the right, and reaches —
14 Kil. Sandviken, a beautifully situated village, the best
starting-point for a visit to the Krogklev (see below; skyds-station
near the station). To theN. rises the Kolsaas (1212 ft.), command¬
ing a view similar to that from the Frognersaeter (guide advisable).
The annual horse and boat races of the 'Norske Traverselskab'
take place in June at Slabende, close to Sandviken.
"Excursion to Krogleven. The road, at first uninteresting, gradually
ascends, passing through the Krogskog, to the first station (18 Kil., pay
for 22 Kil., but not returning), t Humledal, situated high above the pictur¬
esque Holsfjord, an arm of the Tyrifjord (230 ft.); striking view just be¬
low the station. We then descend by 4he beautiful 'Svangstrands-Vei'
(p. 15) to the fjord, and follow its bank to the N. to (S1/* Kil.) Sund¬
volden ("Inn, with 17 rooms; not now a posting station, but horses pro¬
curable ; the landlord can also send for carriages to Vik), whence we
ascend in llfa hr. to "Krogkleven, a rocky height (Kiev, 'cliff'), 1000 ft.
above the inn, on the old road to Christiania (ascent through a romantic
gorge, on foot or on horseback; horse 2 kr. 80 0.). We first come to
the (1 hr.) Klevstue (1245 ft.), a poor inn, 5 min. below which, to the
N.W., is Dronningens Udsigt (the Queen's View). Higher up (follow the
track to the W., keeping to the right) is the (20 min.) "Kongens Udsigt
(the King's View; 1455ft. above the sea, 1240ft. above the fjord), the
finer point of the two. The prospect from this point in clear weather is
superb, embracing the Tyrifjord with its islands, the district of Ringerike,
the Jonsknut near Kongsberg (p. 21), the Norefjeld to the N.W., and
the Gausta (p. 23) and other snow-mountains to the W. in the distance.
Even the Hallingskarv (p. 82) in the Upper Hallingdal is said to be
visible in clear weather.
The road from Sundvolden to H0nefos crosses the Krogsund, which
connects the Tyrifjord with the Steensfjord. The numerous islands in
the latter are said to be stones once thrown by a giantess of the Gyrihaug
(p. 18) for the purpose of destroying the church of Steen (see below),
which missiles, however, including even one of her own legs, all fell short
of their aim and fell into the lake. Like the battle of the giants against
Odin and Thor in the Edda, this legend is symbolical of the fruitless
wrath of the powers of nature against the advance of human culture.
The next station, 16 Kil. from Humledal and 3 Kil. from Sundvolden,
is t Vik (travellers in the reverse direction may drive on to Sundvolden
without change of horses), about 1/t hr. beyond which, to the right, is
the ruined church of Steen, with the farm of the same name. After an¬
other '/» hr. the road passes Norderhovs Kirke, in which Anna Kolbj0rns-
datter is interred. She was the wife of the pastor of the place, and in
1716, while her husband was ill, succeeded by a stratagem in betraying