SKJERVET. 11. Route. 11
environs of Vossevangen may be termed the kitchen-garden of Ber¬
gen. Large farms lie on every side, exhibiting an area of tilled
land very unusual in Norway.
From Vossevangen to Eide (30 Kil. ; fast stations; carriole
17 0. per Kil.). The road leads to the S.E., at first skirting the
Vosseelv, and then gradually ascending to its highest point (858 ft.).
The country is pretty and well cultivated, but somewhat mono¬
tonous. The silver fir is seen here at intervals. The road then
descends gradually and crosses the boundary of the Hardanger
('Harang') district. A number of marshy ponds impart a dark
brown colour to the water of the Skjerveselv, which flows southwards.
The upper part of the valley terminates suddenly (as at Stalheim,
p. 78), and the road descends in zigzags into the profound and
picturesque valley known as *Skjervet, flanked with imposing
rocks. On the left the Skjervefos is precipitated in the form of a
veil over the black slate rock. The vegetation becomes richer as we
descend, the lime and the ash occurring frequently here. Farther
on we pass a number of old moraines. On the left is the Skorvefos.
22 Kil. j Seim i Graven, or 0vre Vasenden (tolerable station), is
prettily situated on the Gravensvand, the E. bank of which is
skirted by the road. Opposite rises the lofty Nasheimshorgen.
From Gravens-Kirke, about halfway between Vasenden and Eide,
a very steep and hilly road crosses the mountain to (17 Kil.; pay
for 29) f Ulvik (p. 58), a beautiful walk or ride of 4J/2 hrs., but
hardly suitable for driving. We next pass Nedre Vasenden, at the
lower end of the Gravensvand, pass through a rocky defile, and
soon reach —
8 Kil. Eide (see p. 57).
From Vossevangen to Gudvangen, 44 Kil., a drive of about
6 hrs. (carriole 17 0. per Kil. ; fast stations). The road threads
a picturesque ravine, ascends the Vossestrands-Elv, and skirts the
E. banks of the Lundarvand and Lenevand, from which that river
issues. Fertile, wooded district. To the left towers the precipitous
Lenehorje (4570 ft.), to the right the horn-shaped Hondalsnut
(4990 ft.), each of which may be ascended from Vossevangen in
5-6 hrs. (almost the whole way on horseback).
11 Kil. (pay for 15) Tvinde (226 ft.), a poor station. To the
left is the beautiful Tvindefos.
The road now becomes steeper, and crosses the river twice.
The valley is shut in by lofty wooded cliffs. About y2 hr. before
Vinje the Vossestrands-Elv receives the Merkadalselv, along which
a well-trodden path leads to Aarmot and Vik (10-12 hrs. ; p. 111).
10 Kil. (pay for 14) Vinje (960 ft.), another poor station, situated
in the midst of pleasant scenery. The road now runs to the E. to
the Opheimsvand (970 ft.), which contains abundance of fish, and