to the Rjukanfos. RJUKANFOS. 3. Route. 23
The finest point in the scenery is the Haakenasfjeld, which the
steamer skirts. Soon after, 2% hrs. after leaving Tinoset, we reach—
Strand (Ornas Hotel, at the pier; *Fagerstrand's Hotel, outside
the village), near the church of Male, at the mouth of the Maan-
Elv. Carriage to Vaaer and back, 10-15 kr.
The broad road ascends the Vestfjord-Dal, on the left bank of
the Maan-Elv. To the right opens the Haakedal, from the sides of
which several waterfalls precipitate themselves into the valley be¬
low. The majestic Gausta becomes visible to the left about 72 hr.
after leaving Strand. In 1 hr. more we reach (10 Kil.) Dale (Inn),
a prettily situated hamlet, near the foot of the Gausta (6180 ft.),
the highest mountain in S. Norway, which commands a magni¬
ficent view, and may be ascended hence without difficulty in 6 hrs.
(there and back, 10 hrs.; guide, near the church, 4 kr. ; the night
may be spent at Langefondsater, about 2/3 of the way to the top).
— From Dale to Landsvaerk, see p. 26.
At the houses of Vaaer, 20 Kil. from Strand (a drive of 3 hrs.),
the road ceases. We ascend hence by a steep footpath to the con¬
spicuous (35-40min.) *Krokan Inn (belonging to the 'Turistforen-
ing'; R. 1 kr. 60 0., S. 2, B. 1 kr.; 2300 ft. above the sea),
about 250 paces beyond which is the point where the magnificent
* Rjukanfos ('reeking' or 'foaming fall') bursts upon the view.
This waterfall, formed by the large Maan-Elv, is one of the finest
in Europe and is about 800 ft. in height. The scene is stupendous
in the early summer, when the river is swollen with melted snow,
but less picturesque than when there is less water, as the fall is
partially concealed by the spray and foam. The adjuncts of the
fall are also remarkably picturesque. The point of view which we
have reached is about 500 yds. from the fall, but it is scarcely ad¬
visable to attempt a nearer approach. Some of the projecting rocks
are not very secure.
From the Rjukanfos to the Hardanger Fjord. There are two
practicable but somewhat trying routes for pedestrians and riders from
the Rjukanfos to the Hardanger Fjord, one to Odde, and one to Eidfjord,
of which the former is the easier. Ole Knudsen Vaa of Krokan may be
engaged as a guide (distinct bargain desirable).
To Odde, 4-5 days. 1st Day. From Krokan to Holvik (,slnn), on the
Mj0svand (2800 ft.), a walk or ride of 4 hrs. by a fatiguing path, on
which snow sometimes lies early in the season. To the W. are the huge
Raulandsfjeld and the Theseggen. The dreary-looking Mjusvand, 22 Engl. M.
long, and 1-6 M. broad, is then crossed by boat, passing Mjetsstranden,
to (3'/2 hrs.) the W. bank, whence a path, very rough and marshy at
places, leads across the Bitdalselv, in 6 hrs. to Rauland (Inn, tolerable),
on the N. bank of the Totakvand (2080 ft.), or to Berge (Inn, fair), also
on the lake, a little farther on. — 2nd Day. Row from Rauland or from
Berge to Kosthveil (slow station) in 1 hr., and drive or ride thence by a
rough road to (14 Kil.) Jamsgaard i Vinje in 2lAi hrs., and from Jams-
gaard via, Nyloend to (48 Kil.) Botlen (p. 28) in 7 hrs. — 3rd Day: from
Botten to the (17 Kil.) Haukeliswter a drive of 3 hrs., thence to (28 Kil.)
R0ldal, a ride or walk of 8-9 hrs. — 4th Day: from Rpldal to (28 Kil.)
Seljestad, a drive of 5-6 hrs., and thence to (25 Kil.) Odde, a drive of 4-5
hrs. — Comp. pp. 29-31.