88 flowte 13. RANDSFJORD. From Christiania
The pleasantest way of driving from Odnses to Lserdals0ren is to hire
a Private Carriace. A carriage-and-pair with a hood ('Caleschvogn') for
2-3 pers. costs 110-130 kr., with a gratuity of 4-6 kr. Travellers pressed
for time are cautioned against engaging horses for the whole distance, in
which case 60 Kil. only can be accomplished each day. Speed and com¬
fort are best combined by hiring a carriage or a 'Trille' (a four-wheeled
carriage without a hood) and a driver for the whole journey, stipulating
for a change of horses at each station. The arrangements with the driver,
who is generally apt to be somewhat independent, should be made very
carefully, especially as to the hours of starting and arrival, the stations
for halting for dinner, and the change of horses.
As almost all the stations are fairly good, the traveller may divide
his journey in any way he pleases, but he should avoid those stations
where diligence-passengers spend the night. With skyds the drive from
Lserdals0ren to Odnses generally takes 3 days , the nights being spent at
Fagerlund and Nystuen or at Frydenlund and Skogstad. In midsummer
it is possible to perform it in 2 days, as the steamer arrives at 7 a.m.
and twilight lasts till 11 p.m. In this case the night is passed at
Tomlevolden or Sveen.
The Scenery is beautiful almost the whole way from Christiania to
Lserdals0ren, and at places exceedingly picturesque and striking. The
finest part of the route, which will even reward the pedestrian, is from
Frydenlund to Husum (140 Kil. or 87 Engl. M.).
Railway from Christiania to (142 Kil.) Randsfjord, see R. 2.
Randsfjord Station (*Inn) lies on the left bank of the Rands¬
elv, near its efflux from the Randsfjord. A bridge crosses the broad
river to Kokkerstuen or Hadelands Glasvark, in the district of
The Randsfjord (steamboat-pier near the station), a lake 420 ft.
above the sea-level, 44 Engl. M. in length, and l-2y2 M. only
in width, is the largest in S. Norway after Lake Mjesen (p. 114).
It is bounded on the E. by the well-cultivated and populous district
of Hadeland, and on the W. and N. by the districts of Valders and
Land. The banks, rising gradually to a height of 2000 ft., and
well cultivated at places, are somewhat monotonous and uninterest¬
ing. The lake is generally so narrow as to resemble a broad river.
The steamer (one daily in each direction ; see above) performs the
trip to Odnas in 5y2 hrs., stopping at numerous stations on the
way. By the church of Fluberg, on the right, near the N. end of
the lake, are a number of fine weeping birches.
fOdnses (*Hotel), situated to the left of the road, at the N.
end of the Randsfjord, and 10 minutes' walk from the steamboat-
pier. To the N. of Odnses, on the high-road from Gjevik to Lake
Mj0sen (see p. 115), lies —
3 Kil. fSfceien (^Station; carriages at the pier). Travellers
spending the night here or at Odnses are recommended to leave
very early next morning in order to get the start of the usual morn¬
ing stream of tourists, and they should also avoid spending the
night at the same places as the diligence. — Beyond Sk0ien the
road ascends on the N. bank of the Etnaelv, which falls into the
Randsfjord, and crosses the Dokka, an affluent descending from
the right. The scenery, though enlivened with thriving farm¬
houses and beautiful birches, is somewhat tame here,