to the Rjukanfos. HITTERDAL. 3. Route. 21
blunted cone. A little before Bolkesja, a softer charm is added to
the landscape by the presence of two lakes in the foreground, the
Bolkesje (1030 ft.) and the greater Folsje (710 ft.).
34 Kil. (from Kongsberg) Bolkesj« (1285 ft.), a cottage, in
which beer, simple refreshments, and clean but rustic beds may be
obtained. The upper room contains a photograph commemorating
the visit of the Crown Prince of Germany in 1873. Various quaint
proverbs are carved on the walls. The fine 'Stabbur', or store¬
house, should be noticed.
Beyond Bolkesje the road leads through wood, high up on the
N.W. bank of the Folsje, commanding several views of the Blei-
fjeld (3900 ft.) to the right. At the W. end of the lake lie the
houses of Vik, about iy4 hr.'s drive from Bolkesje. The Tin-Elv
soon comes into view on the left; the road descends and crosses
the stream near the church of Grandsherred. About 5 min. later
(Ilft hr.'s drive from Vik) we reach the high-road described be¬
low, on which a drive of 35 min. brings us to Tinoset.
b. Via Hitterdal. The road at first runs towards the S., but
after 2 Kil. turns to the W. into the valley of the Kobberberg-Elv.
To the right rises the Jonsknut (p. 20). The road then gradually
ascends the wooded Medheia and after 2-2'/2 hours reaches Jem-
gruben (tolerable inn ; 1350 ft.), where the horses are usually rested
for an hour. Beyond Jerngruben the road continues to ascend for
some distance, and then traverses the plateau (1450 ft.) in numerous
undulations. On emerging from the forest it begins to descend
into the Hitterdal, commanding a beautiful view; in front the
mountains of Thelemarken, the Himingen, and the Haksfjeld, to
the left the Hitterdalsvand. We then pass the gaards of Heibe,
Tinne, and Hvaaten, near the last of which a direct road diverges
to the right to the (10 min.) Tinfos (see below).
28 Kil. (pay for 36) *H6tel Furuheim, kept by J. G. Thomassen
(R. 2 kr., D. 2 kr. 60, B. 80 e>.). The drive from Kongsberg to
Furuheim takes 4!/2 hrs., that in the reverse direction at least
5'/2 his. The horses are rested here 2 hrs., during which the tra¬
veller should dine. The skyds-station is at Notodden, near the quay
of the steamers plying on the Hitterdalsvand (p. 34).
The road now crosses the Tin-Elv by a bridge which affords a
view of the *Tinfos, a beautiful waterfall formed by the river here.
Near the water-fall, which we may approach more closely, is a
wood cutting and polishing mill (Traesliberi). The road, which is
here almost level, then passes the inns of Juel and Jomfru Hoist
and the old skyds-station of Lysthus. About 6 Kil. from Notodden,
to the right, lies the —
*Hitterdals Kirke, a grotesque-looking timber-built church,
resembling the ancient church of Borgund (p. 94), and one of
the greatest architectural curiosities of Norway. The style of archi¬
tecture and general character of the ornamentation of the singular