KONGSBERG. 3. Route. 19
rivers afford a fine-view of the falls and the environs. By passing
under the bridges it is possible to reach a point nearer the seeth¬
ing waters. As is so often the case in Norway, a number of flour-
mills and saw-mills are congregated here for the sake of the mo¬
tive power afforded by the falls. A channel on the left bank of
the N. fall conveys the timber to the mills with immense velocity.
A road on the left (E.) bank of the Aadalselv leads in 1 hr. to
the Hofsfos, another fine fall, close to the railway to Heen.
From H0nefos to (18 Kil.) Sundvolden, from which we ascend Krog-
kleven, see p. 14; carrioles may be ordered at the hotel.
131 Kil. Heen. — To Lake Spirillen, see pp. 84, 85.
Turning suddenly to the E., the train skirts the Heensbreud
and the Askelihoug (1409 ft.), traverses a wooded district thinly
peopled, and finally stops at —
142 Kil. (88 Engl. M.) Randsfjord Station (*Inn), see p. 88.
3. From (Christiania) Hougsund to Kongsberg and
Comp. the Map.
From Hougsund to Kongsberg, 28 Kil. (17 Eng. M.), Railway, in l'/j hr.
(fares 2 kr. 65, 1 kr. 15 0.). From Kongsberg to Tinoset, 65 Kil. (40 Eng.
M.), by Carriage in 10 hrs., including stoppages. From Tinoset to Strand,
25 Kil. (15'/2 Eng. M.) Steamboat in 23/4 hrs. (2 kr.), in spring and autumn
thrice weekly (Mon. afternoon, Thurs. and Sat. forenoons), in summer
four times weekly (Mon., Thurs.. and Sat. forenoons, Tues. afternoon).
From Strand to Rjukanfos, 10 Kil. (6 Eng. M.), Drive of 2»/4 hrs. and
Walk of >/2 hr.
From Christiania to Hougsund, see pp. 13-17. The railway to
Kongsberg (finest views on the left) next stops at —
5 Kil. Vestfossen, with several manufactories, on the beautiful
Ekersje or Fiskumvand, bounded by lofty mountains on the E.
side (usually traversed by a steamboat twice weekly to Eidsfos).
11 Kil. Darbo also lies on this lake. 15Kil. Krekling, where the
slate-formation predominates. Farther on we obtain a fine view of
the mountains towards the S. 22 Kil. Skollenborg, where sand¬
stone makes its appearance, and the country becomes sterile. The
Labrofos (p. 20) lies about 1 Engl. M. to the S. of Skollenborg.
The train approaches the Laagen, which descends from the Nume-
dal and forms a waterfall, and stops at ■—
28 Kil. Kongsberg. — Hotels. Victoria, at some distance from the
station, in the W. part of the town, on the right bank, R. & L. 2, A.
•/a kr., B. 80 0.; Britannia, on the left bank, near the station. Both
hotels are often crowded in summer.
Carriages to Tinoset: Carriole for 1 pers. 16, there and back 28 kr.;
gig for 2 pers. 24 or 42 kr., carriage with 2 horses for 2 pers. 32 or 56 kr.,
for 3 pers. 36 or 63 kr. Those who detain the carriage in Tinoset for
more than one night pay 4 kr. extra per horse for each day.
Kongsberg (490ft.), an uninviting, but not unpicturesque
town, situated on the Laagen or Laugen, in the S. part of the
Numedal (p. 24), contains 4311 inhab. (formerly twice as