24 Route 3. SVENNESUND. From Kongsberg
The above route from the Rjukanfos to Odde may be varied as follows.
Ride from Holvik by a rough and often marshy path all the way to
Berge (see above) in 7-8 hrs. — Or row from Holvik to Erlandsgaard in 1
hr., walk to Gib0en in 2 hrs., cross the S. arm of the Mjpsvand in i/a hr.,
and walk to Berge, passing the fine gaard of Gjuveland, in 5 hrs. — From
Berge or Rauland we may row to Brunelid in 2 hrs., then ascend through
the steep Grungedalsbygd to Nylsend (p. 28) in 3'/2 hrs., and drive thence
in 3'/2 hrs. more to Botten (p. 28).
To the Vjjringsfos and Eidfjord , 4-5 days, for pedestrians only.
1st Day. From Krokan to Holvik (see above) in 4 hrs.; row thence in
3'/a hrs. to Mj0sstrand, and in 3'/2-4 hrs. more to the upper end of the
lake; walk in '/-• hr. to Mogen (poor quarters). — 2nd Day (with guide to
Eidfjord, 16 kr.). The path ascends towards the N.W. to the (6 Kil.)
Gjuvsj0, a lake abounding in fish, passes several small tarns on the
left, and crosses (20 Kil.) the Gjuvaa, a stream l'/2-2 ft. deep. It next
passes the (6 Kil.) Skarvand, and then three mountain-lakes on the left,
where the soil is boggy and the scenery very desolate. Farther on we
pass several more tarns on the left, and the Lagtjeern and Nordmands-Laa-
gen on the right, the latter of which is well stocked with fish. Just beyond
this lake we have to cross the Bessaelv, a considerable stream which
falls into the lake, and here, after a laborious walk of 12-13 hrs., we
spend the night in the Bessabu, a small stone hut which affords no ac¬
commodation of any kind. (It is, however, preferable, if possible, to spend
the night in a fisherman's hut on the neck of land between the Lagtjsem
and Nordmandslaagen). — 3rd Day. Our route continues to traverse wild
and bleak mountain scenery, occasionally crossing snow, to (25 Kil.) Bcer-
rast0len, a walk of 5-6 hrs., whence a good path leads in 2 hrs. to the
(9 Kil.) Veringsfos, near which is the farmhouse of Hel, where if neces¬
sary the night may be spent. From H#l to Eidfjord 3'/2-4hrs.
From Kongsberg to the Hardanger Fjord through the Numedal.
This excursion takes 4-5 days. Of the three great routes (comp. pp.
78, 84) leading from E. Norway across the Fjeld to W. Norway, this
is the least, attractive. Fine scenery, however, is not altogether lacking,
while the inhabitants have retained more of their primitive characteristics
than those of Valders or the Hallingdal, and the interest of their country
is enhanced by numerous traditions. A carriage-road with fast stations
leads through the Numedal to Breslerud (138 Kil. or 85'/i Eng. M.), from
which driving is also practicable to Floten, 11 Kil. farther, beyond which
the traveller must ride or walk.
The road follows the right bank of the Laagen, which descends
from the Nordmands-Laagen in Hardanger (1500 ft.; see above).
As far as Skjenne, where the Laagen and Opdalselv unite, the sce¬
nery is somewhat monotonous.
17 Kil. jSvennesund. Farther on we pass the church of Fles-
berg, situated on the left bank of the Laagen. The next stations
are (14 Kil.) j-Heimyr, (17 Kil.) -fAlfstad, and (23 Kil.) fHelle,
at the S. end of the Kravik-Fjord (868 ft.). The district between
the church of Vaglid and Skajem is picturesque. The road runs
for 22 Kil. along the bank of the Kravikfjord and Nore-Fjord,
which had better be traversed by boat, and passes many thriving
farm-houses. One of the old buildings of Gaarden Kravik is said
to date from the 12th century. The Nore-Kirke, on the W. bank of
the Nore-Fjord , an old timber-built church now doomed to demo¬
lition, contains interesting paintings and inscriptions in a kind of
hieroglyphics, the objects (eyes, ears, animals, the devil, etc.)