90 Route 13. FAGERLUND. From Christiania
right, farther on, is a fine waterfall, called Fosbraaten, and to
the left is heard the roar of the Vaslefos, a picturesque waterfall
of the Bsegna, which may be visited from Fagernaes. We now reach
the beautiful Strandefjord (1170 ft.), a narrow lake 17 Engl. M.
in length, and soon stop at —
13 Kil. -j-Fagerlund i Nordre Aurdal (*Station; the landlord
speaks English), a few paces beyond the former station of Fagernas
(* Inn), situated on the N. bank of the lake, and at the mouth of
the Naselv, descending from0streSlidre. This is a charming spot
for a stay of some duration, affording attractions to artists and
sportsmen alike, and the two names just mentioned ('fair grove'
and 'fair promontory' respectively) are by no means inappro¬
priate. The lake and neighbouring streams afford good trout-
fishing, and wild-duck shooting is also obtainable. As, however,
this is a favourite starting-place for an excursion to the Jotunheim
Mts. (11. 17), the route to which diverges here, the inns are often
full in the height of summer.
About 3 Kil. beyond Fagerlund we cross the Naselv, which
forms some picturesque cataracts about 100 yds. above the bridge,
and follow the bank of the Strandefjord, passing the churches of
Svennas and Ulnas. To the S., on the opposite side of the
valley, is seen the Vassetelv, which descends from the Syndin
Lakes. To the W. rise the snow-mountains on the Vangsmjesen.
Near Ulnses-Kirke and at Gaarden Fosseim, beyond it, on the
opposite bank, the lake is crossed by bridges, the part of it be¬
tween them being called the Graneimfjord. Mountain-passes from
Ulnaes and Fosseim to the Hallingdal, see p. 80.
The road now gradually ascends the hill to ■—
18 Kil. f Reien (a fair station), near which is the Church of Reen
with its old Klockstapel(clock-tower); in the vicinity are numerous
farms. About 6 Kil. beyond Reien we reach the beautifully
situated Church of Vestre Slidre, which commands a fine view of
the lake. Near this church a road diverges to the right, crossing
the Slidreaas to (19 Kil.) Rogne in 0stre Slidre (p. 134).
A little before reaching the top of the hill which this road ascends,
about 8-9 Kil. from the church, the traveller may diverge by a path to the
right, leading in 25 min. to the "Hvidhefd ('white head'), an eminence
which commands a striking view of the valleys of Vestre and J^stre
Slidre, the Bitihorn , and the snow-mountains to the N. of Lake Bygdin
and the Vinstervand. A few hundred paces to the W. of this point rises
the "Kvalehegda, where an admirable survey of the whole of the Bygdin
range, the Vangsmj0sen, and the Hallingdal mountains to the S. is enjoyed.
A few hundred paces beyond the church of Vestre Slidre a
gate and private road on the right lead in 5 min. to 01ken
(*Hotel and Pension, 3y2 kr. per day), a farm-house con¬
verted into an inn, beautifully situated on the hill about 300 ft.
above the lake. As this house is a favourite summer-resort and
attracts a considerable number of invalids and others, it is generally