to Drammen. ASKER. 2. Route. 15
600 of the Swedish invaders into the hands of her countrymen. A picture
shown at the parsonage represents the heroine obtaining permission to set
fire to a heap of wood for the pretended purpose of warming the Swedish
soldiers, but in reality to attract the Norwegian troops who were en¬
camped at the neighbouring village of Steen. Meanwhile she plied the
invaders so liberally with spirits that they fell an easy prey to the
Norsemen. — 11 Kil. Henefos, see p. 18.
The train now ascends through cuttings in the rock and two
short tunnels to (15 Kil.) Slabende and (20 Kil.) Hvalstad, whence
the picturesque Skogumsaas (1142 ft.) to the W. may be ascended.
It then crosses a wooden viaduct, 90 ft. high, and reaches —
23 Kil. Asker, from which the *Vardekolle (1132 ft.), a massive
hill of granite, serving to mariners as a landmark, may be ascended
for the sake of the admirable view it commands. In former times,
on the breaking out of a war, beacon - fires were lighted on this
hill to summon the people to arms.
'The hill commands an incomparable and most extensive view. The
spectator surveys the whole of Christiania, with the surrounding country-
houses, hills, and mountains; then all the valleys of Drammen; the re¬
gion of Kongsberg, Holmestrand, Dr0bak, and the Christiania Fjord.
Standing in the centre of this mountainous and so curiously furrowed
district, we survey at a glance the whole of it, spread out like a relief-
map'. L. v. Buch, 'Norwegen'.
The train skirts the foot of the Vardekolle and passes the small
lakes Bondivand (the property of an English ice-exporting com¬
pany) and Gjellumvand. At the S. end of the latter is (28 Kil.)
Heggedal, beyond which we pass the base of the barren Brejmaas.
Beyond (34 Kil.) R0ken (440 ft.) the train turns abruptly to the
W., traversing an uninteresting region and passing through numer¬
ous cuttings; but immediately beyond a tunnel, 240 yds. long, which
penetrates the hilly barrier, a most picturesque and imposing *Vibw,
of the Drammens - Fjord, the town of Drammen, and the fertile
valley of the Lier is suddenly disclosed to the left, rivalling the
famous views from Chexbres above Vevey or from Optschina above
Trieste. The road from Reken to Drammen descends at once to the
fjord, while the railway passes through another tunnel and de¬
scribes a long curve towards the N., descending gradually to the
valley of Lier and the (45 Kil.) station of that name.
From Lier a pleasant route leads to the N., on the E. side of the
valley, past the Engerfjeld, to (8 Kil.) \Kitilsrud at the S. end of the Hols-
fjord, the S. branch of the Tyrifjord (p. 14). The road, now called the
"Svangslrands-Vei, and famed for its picturesqueness, next ascends the
Burderaas and skirts the Holsfjord, at a giddy height above it, to (3 kil.)
Humledal (p. 14). The country between Enger, near the Holsfjord, and
Humledal is entirely unpeopled.
At Lier the train turns towards the S., traversing a fertile
tract, and next stops at (51 Kil.) Brager0, the E. end of Drammen
(Bragernas); it then crosses the Drammenselv, and the island of
M0llerholm or 'Holmen' with its timber-yards , to the Tangen and
Stremse quarters, on the S. bank of the river, and reaches the
principal station of (53 Kil.) Drammen, situated at the W. end of
Stremse, close to the bridge across the Drammenselv.