82 Route 12. UPPER HALLINGDAL. From Christiania
should be allowed in either direction) the scenery is very wild and
bleak, but the road now enters the highly picturesque valley of
the Lardalselv. A little below the bridge is —
12 Kil. (pay for 15, but in the opposite direction for 17) f Hseg
(*Station), see p. 93. — From Haeg to Lardalseren, see pp.93, 95.
The Hallingdal in the narrower sense, or main valley (Hoveddal-
feret), ascends to the W. from Viko (p. 80) to the wild and desolate re¬
gions of the Hailingskarven, the mountains forming the S. prolongation of
the Fillefjeld and the Hemsedalsfjeld, and across which paths lead N.W.
to the Sognefjord and S.W. to the Hardanger Fjord. With this district
are associated some of the most famous of Norwegian sagas, such as that
of the Villand family, and the inhabitants retain more of their ancient
characteristics than those of almost any other part of Norway. With the
exception of the higher mountains, however, the scenery is neither very
picturesque nor imposing.
About 8 Kil. above Viko a halt of y2hr. is made at Ellefsmoen,
beyond which we reach —
15 Kil. (from Viko) fNubgaarden i Torpe, near which is the old
timber-built Church of Torpe.
11 Kil. jSundre i Aal (a very fair station). In the vicinity are
the interesting Church of Aal and the curious old houses known
as the Gretastue and Thingstue. The road then skirts the Stran-
defjord (1480 ft.), to the S. of which rises the Sangerfjeld (3855
ft.), and then divides into two branches. The branch to the S.W.
leads to the Hardanger, while the branch to the N.W. leads to the
station of (6 Kil.) fNeraal, with the church of Hoi, from which
there is a path to the Sognefjord (p. 83).
1. Route to the Hardanger (45-50Kil.). Near (6 Kil.) Ham-
mersbeen is the Raaen-Gaard (good accommodation), the property
of Sander Raaen, who is said to have collected no fewer than 6000
of the old Norse words to be found in Ivar Aasen's dictionary.
From Hammersbeen we ride or walk up the Ustadal to (17 Kil.)
Tufte (2755 ft.), the highest gaard in the valley (unpretending
The huge Hallingskarven is sometimes ascended from this point. The
E. peak (6330 ft.) is reached by ascending the course of the Eimeheia,
while the W. peak (6440 ft.) is scaled from the W. end of the Ustavand.
View not picturesque, but very extensive, especially from the latter,
embracing the Hardanger Vidda (p. 62) and other mountains.
Two paths, the Northern and the Southern, lead from Tufte to
Maursat, the highest gaard on the Hardanger side. The latter is
the shorter, but the saeters are farther apart. By either route the
journey may be performed in one day.
Northern Route. The well-defined sseter-track ascends the
course of the Ustaelv, crosses it iy2 Kil. below its efflux from the
Ustavand, and leads to the Rennesdals-Sater and Hornebe-Sater.
Pedestrians had better sleep at the latter, and start thence early
next morning. Imposing view of the Hallingskarven with its bold