84 Route 13. LAKE SPIRILLEN. From Christiania
nut on the E. and the Sundhellerfjeld on the W., crosses the
Bolhevde, where the direction is indicated by heaps of stones,
and leads to the Steinbergdal in the Vasbygd. The first night had
better be spent at the 0je-Saeter here (2933 ft.; good quarters).
Passing the Nesetsater, we next pass the mountain - hamlet of
Aurland, and descend the formidable pass of the *Nasbegalder,
partly by a perpendicular ladder, and partly by a path borne by
iron rods driven into the rock, to Gaard Nasbe. The route then
follows the Nasbedal (or a short-cut may be taken by the dizzy
Bjellstig) to Gaard Sennerheim (second night). ■— On the third
day the path leads in about 5 hrs. down the Sennerheimsgalder and
along a rapid stream to the Vasbygdvand, which we cross by boat.
From Vasenden to Aurlandsvangen is about 6 Kil. more. See p. 106.
13. From Christiania through the Valders to Lser-
dalseren on the Sognefjord.
To the N.W. of Christiania lie the three important lakes Kre-
deren (p. 79), Randsfjord, and Spirillen, running from N. to S.
and nearly parallel with one another. The S. end of each of
these lakes is reached from Christiania by railway. The steamer
on Lake Krederen then conveys us to the beginning of the Halling¬
dal route (R. 12), while the great high-road through the Valders
passes near the N. ends of the other two. Of all the routes between
Christiania and Bergen (comp. p. 78) that through the Valders,
either via, the Spirillen or the Randsfjord, is the finest in point
of scenery and the most comfortable in respect of accommodation.
The road by the Spirillen is perhaps preferable to that by the
Randsfjord, but between the lake and Frydenlund the station-mas¬
ters have only a limited number of horses. The most frequented
route is that by the Randsfjord. By either of the Valders routes it
is possible to reach Lserdalseren in 3 days, but is is better to allow
four or five.
In the height of the travelling season an early start should always be
made in order that the station where the night is to be spent may be
reached as early as possible, with a view to secure rooms, or, if neces¬
sary, to go on to the next station. Among the pedestrians who traverse
the favourite Valders route a considerable number of Norwegian ladies
will be observed.
a. Via Lake Spirillen to Frydenlund.
250 Kil. (155 Engl. 31.). Railway from Christiania to (130 Kil.) Heen
in 5 hrs. 50 min. (fares 6 kr. 45 0., 4 kr.). — Steamboat from Heen
to (56 Kil.) Serum daily, except Sun., in 5>/2 hrs.; or, when the river is
low, to Nws (Granum) only, in 4>/2 hrs.; returning from S#rum or Nses
on the following morning. — Road from S#rum to Frydenlund 50 Kil.
(Skyds 17 0. per mile); thence to Lwrdalseren, 157 Kil.
Railway to Heen, see R. 2. The steamer usually starts about
an hour after the arrival of the train, giving time for luncheon
or early dinner at Ihihl's Inn (tolerable). It then ascends the