Hiking 1.4 km
Brekkudn - "The Hard Route"
In travelogues from the 1800s there several who write about the long and steep hills between Skogstad and Nystøga. In particular, it was the horses that struggled with heavily loaded wagons and carriages. The toughest section to get up was the last section called Brekkene, or Brekkudn as the locals called it, just north of the Tøris Bridge and up to Otrøvatnet Lake. Today, this section starts just below the E16, crosses over the highway and continues for 100 meters of long, steep and tough terrain.
A traveler and Englishman John Murrey, wrote in 1830 that horses had a special way to get up; they stood still, then gave it their all and leaped ahead 10-15 meters, before they stood still again and gather themselves.
Actor Lilla Buylovszky, wrote in a travel diary from 1864 saying that they decided to go by foot for the tough stretch after Skogstad. It was both too uncomfortable to sit in the wagon over the steep terrain as well as it was painful to see how tired and breathless the horses became. Buylovszky wrote that the horse’s manes were completely covered in foam.
Another story that was written in the travelogue describes two wealthy women that were heading up the mountain to Nystøga in a horse drawn carriage in the dead of winter. They sat wrapped in coats, sheepskin and blankets, and could barely move from the sheer cold of the journey. On the way up Brekkudn, one of the ladies fell out of the carriage as it jolted forward. But it wasn’t until the carriage reached Nystøga that the chauffeur realized she was missing. They ended up finding her uninjured but very shaken by events.
At Brekkestølen (now called Grihamarstølen), located half way along the Brekkene section, travelers in the olden days could get themselves something to eat and buy milk and other refreshments.