to Lardalseren. MARISTUEN. 13. Route. 93
back takes 5-6 hrs., presenting no difficulty; or the ascent may be com¬
bined with the journey to Maristuen by leaving the high-road at the
Kirkestel, a sseter a little beyond Nystuen , and following the old road
(den gamle Vei) to the S. The view from the Suletind is one of the
finest in Norway, but is rarely quite clear.
From Nystuen to Aardal (12-13 hrs.; guide desirable). The bridle¬
path, which is very rough and fatiguing at places, ascends gradually to the
right from the Kirkest0l (see below), leading between two small lakes to
the watershed of the Fillefjeld (4>/2-5 hrs.), which commands a magnifi¬
cent view of Jotunheim, the Suletind, the Jostedalsbrse, and other moun¬
tains and glaciers, and also of the loftily situated Tyin-Vand (p. 139). In
descending towards the N. we pass the Sletterust, a fisherman's hut at
the W. end of the Torholmen-Vand, from which the Aardela issues. (From
Sletterust to Breikvam and Eidshugarden, see p. 98.) We then descend
the sseter-track along the Aard0la to Moen, whence we row in 272-3 hrs.
to Aardal, see pp. 97, 98.
The road from Nystuen to Maristuen traverses the monotonous
Smeddal, a mountain-basin without pretension to grandeur. The
old road led over the shoulder of the Suletind and past the Sule-
vand, which forms the source of the Lara, and then descended
steeply to Maristuen, whence it presents the appearance of a grass-
grown band ascending the mountain. Pedestrians aTe recommended
to follow the old road, especially if they purpose ascending the
Suletind (see above).
At the Kirkest0l ('church chalet') sseter, where the old road
diverges to the left, there formerly stood a church dedicated to St.
Thomas, in which the pastor of Vang performed divine service on
2nd July annually. In connection with this service a kind of fair
was also held, which, however, gave rise to such irregularities and
excesses that in 1808 both service and fair were discontinued by
order of the authorities, and the church was afterwards removed.
Farther on we pass the Gr0nlidsater and the marble Stette, or
column, which marks the boundary between theOstenfjeldske Norge
and the Vestenfjeldske Norge, and also that between the Christiania
Stift and that of Bergen. It stands at the highest point of the
road (3840 ft.), which then skirts the uninteresting Fillefjeldvand
and Smeddalsvand (3120 ft.), both of which are drained by the
Lara. Opposite to us rises the Sadel-Fjeld. We then ascend to
the Brusesater (3243 ft.), and descend thence, partly through birch-
plantations, with the foaming Laera below us on the right, to —
17 Kil. (pay for 25 in the reverse direction) fMaristuen (2635 ft.;
*Station, good, though unpretending), the second 'Fjeldstue' on
the Fillefjeld, originally founded by the clergy as a hospice in
1300. Notwithstanding the height of its situation, the air will be
found perceptibly warmer than at Nystuen, as it not only lies
lower, but is influenced by the more genial climate of the W. coast.
The scenery, too, though still wild, is far richer and more pleasing
than at Nystuen. Between this point and Hag the road descends
1150 ft., and the valley soon becomes more attractive. At the
Bridge of Berlaug, 2 Kil. above Hseg, the Valders and Hallingdal
routes unite (see p. 81). We soon stop at —