II. PLAN OF TOUR.
is easily understood in Sweden. (See grammars and vocabularies
in the removable cover at the end of the volume.)
Passports are unnecessary, except for the purpose of procuring
delivery of registered letters. — The Custom House Examination
is invariably lenient. Comp. p. 273.
Post Office. The postage of a letter to Great Britain, France,
Germany, the United States, etc., weighing Y2 oz-» Is 20 ere, and
of a post-card (Brefkort, Brevkort) 10 0. ; that of a letter within
Norway, Sweden, and Denmark 10 0. The traveller should avoid
giving his correspondents any poste restante address other than
steamboat or railway stations, as the communication with places
off the beaten track is very slow.
Telegraph Offices are numerous in proportion to the population.
They are of several classes, of which the chief are those open from
8 a. m. to 9 p. m., those open from 8 to 1 and from 3 to 9, and
those open from 9 to 12 and from 4 to 7 o'clock, indicated in the
index of "Norges Communicationer" (the indispensable time-tables
mentioned in our preface) by T1, T2, and T3 respectively. Railway
telegraph-stations, indicated by T4 or T5, are open from 8 to 12
and from 2 or 4 to 7 o'clock. Other stations are open in summer
or during the fishing season only.
Norwegian Tariff. Within Norway: 50 0. for ten words, and 5 0.
for each word more. To Sweden: 30 0., in addition to which each word
is charged 10 0.; to Denmark 50 0., plus 10 0. for each word; to Great
Britain 26 0. per word; to the U.S.A. 1 kr. 35 0. per word.
The Swedish Tariff is similar.
II. Plan of Tour.
The traveller should prepare a general plan before leaving
home, bearing in mind that almost all the finest scenery in Norway
lies on the west coast (Hardanger Fjord, Sognefjord, Moldefjord,
Romsdal, Trondhjem, the Lofoten Islands, etc.); but the details
must be filled in from time to time with the aid of "Norges Com¬
municationer" (see Preface). He must, however, be prepared for
occasional disappointments caused by the slowness and uncertainty
of travelling by carriole and rowing - boat, or by the state of the
The best season for travelling, both in Norway and Sweden, is
from the beginning of June to the middle of September; but July
and August are the best months for the higher mountains where
snow is apt to fall both earlier and later. For a voyage to the North
Cape (RR. 28-32), for the sake of seeing the midnight sun, the
season is from the middle of June to the end of July. August is
often a rainy month in the eastern districts of Norway, while
the wet season sets in later on the west coast.
An energetic traveller may see the chief points of interest in
Norway and Sweden in l1^-3 months, but an exhaustive tour
cannot be accomplished in one season. The complaint is sometimes