78 Route 12. HALLINGDAL. From Christiania
passes the Opheims- Kirke, picturesquely situated on the bank of this
lake. The ring of lofty mountains here, consisting mainly of light
grey felspath, produces a curious effect. To the S. rises the Mal-
magrensnaave (3600 ft.), to the E. the Aaxlen and Kaldafjeld.
We now cross the watershed between the Bolstadsfjord. and the
Sognefjord, and reach the Nar0dals-Elv, which flows into the latter.
11 Kil. (pay for 15) Stalheim i Vossestranden, a poor station
near the top of the magnificent Stalheimsklev (1120 ft.), a pre¬
cipitous slope which the road descends in windings to the Naredal
(275 ft.), commanding a magnificent view (see p. 107).
12 Kil. (pay for 17) Gudvangen, see p. 107.
12. From Christiania through the Hallingdal to
Lserdalsieren on the Sognefjord.
The chief land-routes from Christiania to Bergen are three in num¬
ber. One of these, via Kongsberg, or via. Skien, and Odde on the Har*
danger Fjord, has already been described. The two others lead through
the Hallingdal and Valders respectively to Lserdalsefren on the Sognefjord.
The route via Odde, although exceedingly attractive, is comparatively rarely
selected, as one of the stages has still to be performed on horseback or
on foot. By either of the two others the traveller is conveyed the whole
way to Bergen by train, steamer, and carriole. By the Hallingdal route
it is possible to perform the whole journey to Bergen in 5-6 days, but
for any of the other routes 6-7 days at least are required.
The Hallingdal route to Lserdalsjjren takes 4 days. The grandeur of
the scenery between Christiania and the Sognefjord increases as the
traveller proceeds from E. to W., so that either the route through the
Hallingdal or that through the Valders (R. 13) should be selected in going
to Bergen, while the return-journey may be made either by way of the
Romsdal (R. 15), or by Throndhjem and the railway (R. 26), or by sea
round the S. coast.
350 Kil. (217 Engl. SI.). Railway to (122 Kil.) Krederen in 53A hrs.
(fares 6 kr. 40, 3 kr. 75 0.). Steamer thence to (38 Kil.) Gulsvik twice daily
in 2'/2-3 hrs. (fare 2 kr. 60 0.). Thence by a good, but at places very hilly
Road to (190 Kil.) Leerdalseren, in 2-3 days. The pleasantest way of dividing
the journey is as follows: (1st Dav) From Christiania to Gulsvik. (2nd) From
Gulsvik to Rolfshus. (3rd) From Rolfshus to Breistelen or Hasg. (4th) Thence
to Laerdalseren. Or the first night may be spent at Nas, the second at Bje-
berg, and the third at Lwrdalseren. If, however, the traveller is much
pressed for time, it is possible, by travelling 14-18 hrs. a day, to reach Lrer-
dalserren in 2 days (spending the night at Rolfshus). As almost all the
stations on this and the following route are either comfortable or at least
very tolerable, the traveller may divide the journey as best suits his con¬
venience. The stations to be avoided as affording little or no accommo¬
dation are Aavestrud, Bortnws, and Kleven. The charge for a horse and
carriole is 17 0. per Kil. at all the stations on this route. Adding to this the
usual gratuity of 15 0. per 10 Kil. . the total cost of horses and carrioles
from Gulsvik to Lserdal is about 38 kr. for each person. For a carriage
with a hood, and a pair of horses ('Caleschvogn'), for two persons, 100 kr.
is the usual fare, to which must be added a gratuity of 5-6 kr.
The most, direct route from Christiania to the Sognefjord is through
the Hallingdal, and the new Bergen and Vossevangen railway is to be
continued through this valley; but the scenery is inferior to that on the
Valders route. The lower part of the Hallingdal is somewhat monotonous
in character, while the greater part of the Hemsedal is very bleak and
dreary. From the upper ramifications of the Hallingdal diverge several