92 Route 13. NYSTUEN. From Christiania
tower the conspicuous Skodshorn (similar phenomenon to that
seen on the Lysefjord, p. 48) and the Skyrifjeld.
From 0ye a mountain-path, passing to the S. of the Kvamenes (3900 ft.)
and the Borren0s (4869 ft.), which last mountain may be ascended from
the route, and skirting the Utrovand, leads to Nystuen on the Fillefjeld
(see below) in half-a-day.
The road now ascends from the Vangsmjesen to the small
Strandefjord (1604 ft.), which it skirts (not to be confounded with
the Strandefjord lower down, p. 90). At the end of it is Kasa.
From Kasa a path leads to the Jonskard-Scelers (4120 ft.) and thence
to theN.W., passing the Flagersmtn0s (5479 ft.) on the right, to the 0ian-
gensj0 and Steinbodsje, and through the Gjelmundsdal to Lake Tyin (Tvinde-
houg, p. 139); in all a good day's walk (guide 4 kr.).
Beyond the Strandefjord the scenery assumes a more mountain¬
ous character, and a few farms are now seen on the sunny (N.)
side of the valley only.
19 Kil. fSkogstad(188o ft.; a fair station), 1 Engl. M. to the right
of the road, is a good starting-point for a visit to Jotunheim (R. 17).
From this point to the next station there is a steep ascent of nearly
1400 ft., and the road is unpleasantly hilly at places, especially
to persons descending. The scenery now loses its grand moun¬
By making a slight digression from the high-road at Skogstad (about
3 hrs.; guide necessary) a magnificent * View may be obtained. The
path passes the farms of Opdal, Elbjerg, and Flaten on the S. slope of
the hill, and crosses the Troldhe (3207 ft.) to the Hagescet-Saster in the
valley of the Bj0rd0la, which falls into the Bsegna lower down. The
top of the hill commands a very striking survey of the Tyin Lake and the
mountains of theKoldedal andMelkedal, with several considerable glaciers.
11 Kil. (pay for 17) fNystuen(3252 ft.; *Station, often crowded
in the height of summer), which resembles some of the large Alpine
hospices on a small scale, stands on the barren Fillefjeld, above
the Utrovand. To the N. rises the Stugunes (see below), to the E.
the Borrenes (4870 ft.). The landscape presents the desolate and
somewhat monotonous character possessed by most of the higher
Norwegian mountains. The gaard, an unpretending group of build¬
ings, is partly supported by government as a 'Fjeldstue', or mountain
refuge (comp. p. 202), and. is chiefly important in winter, when
travellers have frequently been rescued from danger by the bravery
of its inmates. (Knud Nystuen, the father of the present landlord,
has been presented with the Norwegian silver medal 'for Borger-
daad', i. e. for an act of heroism.) As the most violent winds
blow from W. to E., all the buildings are erected with their nar¬
rower sides to the W., in order to present the smallest possible
surface to the storms. — Route to Jotunheim, see p. 139.
The -Stugunas (4827 ft.) may easily be ascended from Nystuen in
2'/2-3 hrs. (or 4-5 hrs. there and back) by following the brook to the W.
of the station and than going eastwards. Or the ascent may be made
from Nystuen direct (somewhat steep). In either case a guide is un¬
necessary. The summit commands an uninterrupted survey of the Jo¬
tunheim range, from the Horunger on the W. to the Sletmarkh0 on the
E. — To the S. of Nystuen rises the Suletind (5813 ft.), an imposing
mountain-top, 6 Kil. distant. The excursion thither from Nystuen and