80 Route 12. N^ES. From Christiania
Hallingdalselv, on one of which, known as the Brummavand
(575 ft.), upwards of 10 Kil. long, is situated —
17Kil. fBartnas. At the upper end of the lake we next reach—
11 Kil. -j-Nses (*Station), a considerable village, with a hand¬
some church, a jail, and a number of shops. [In the reverse direc¬
tion travellers may also descend the river from Nses to Gulsvik by
boat (6 hrs. ; 8-10 kr.). In spite of the numerous rapids, the trip
is unattended with danger when the river is moderately full.]
From N.es to Lake Spirillen, about 45Kil., a walk of 10-11 hrs.(guide
unnecessary). A well-defined sseter-path ascends to the E. to Lake Streen,
which affords good fishing (quarters for the night at one of the sseters)
in 3-4 hrs., and by Djupedal in 3-4 hrs. more to Ildjernstad (p. 85), whence
Noes in the Aadal, at the head of Lake Spirillen, is about 20 Kil. distant
(comp. p. 85).
Another sceter-path ascends the mountains to the W. of Nses to the
Tunhevdfjord in about 6 hrs. (p. 25).
Above Nses the scenery continues to be of a pleasing character.
About halfway between Naes and Viko the road crosses to the left
bank of the river. Near Viko the valley trends towards the W.
20 Kil. f Viko (700 ft.), beautifully situated on the Halling¬
dalselv. Adjoining Viko is *R.olfshus (*Serensen's Hotel and Pen¬
sion , with garden; civil landlord, who speaks English), a pleasant
resting-place. The river affords tolerable fishing here, and the
Tesleid-Vand, a large lake among the mountains, 13 Kil. to theN.
(see below), is said to be abundantly stocked with trout.
From Viko to the Valders Route (10-12 hrs.). The path ascends
very steeply for 3/< hr., and then gradually for 3 hrs. more to the Fjeld-
vidde ('table-)and'), passing several sseters. The Tesleid-Vand (2800 ft.;
about 8 Engl. M. in length), a lake which here forms the boundary between
the Hallingdal and Valders districts, is then crossed by boat, after which
we descend to (6 hrs.) Stende, a farm-house on the Strandefjord, cross the
lake by a long bridge to Ulnces-Kirke, and proceed thence either up the
Aurdal" to (2 hrs.) Reien, or down the valley to (1 hr.) Fagerlund (p. 90).
About 2 Kil. above Rolfshus the Hallingdalselv is joined by
the Hemsila, descending from the N.W., while the former river
descends from the Upper Hallingdal, from the W. (p. 82). The
road soon crosses the Hemsila, which here forms a fine waterfall,
beyond which, near the church of Gol, our route quits the Halling¬
dal and ascends the Hemsedal, or valley of the Hemsila, mount¬
ing the tedious Golsbdkker in long windings. Beyond (10 Kil.}
Lestegaard (1440 ft.) the road crosses the river and follows the E.
side of the valley, passing several farms. The W. side and the
bottom of the valley are uncultivated. About 5 Kil. farther on we
reach the poor station of —
15 Kil. (pay for 19, but not in the reverse direction) fKleven,
where the scenery becomes uninteresting, and 4 Kil. beyond which
is Ekre (2600 ft.).
From Ekre to the Valders Route (10-12 hrs.). A rough sseter-
path ascends from Ekre to the 'Heier\ passes the Vannen-Vand and the
Storsje at the base of the huge Skogshorn (5650 ft.), traverses the district
of Lykkja, with its scattered houses, and leads to the (5 hrs.) Fosseim-
sseter, at the S. end of the long Svensken-Vand (2860 ft.; good fishing),