Moneys – spending and exchange

On 1. August 1839, Anne takes out (at Grünings & Co) 248 Speciedaler and 40 Skilling at an exchange rate of 4 Species and 116 Skilling to the Pound [or rather 4 Spd. 4 Mrk. 20 Skill.] which would equal 4.97 Species to the Pound, this means she got what looks to be a decent rate from Grünings bank; The exchange rate set by London in 1839 moved from 4.99 at late July to 4.93 by late August.

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Day 1 – Entering Norway by ferry across Svinesund

Sunday 28. July. (3.30 – 8.30)


Svinesund, Søylegården
The neat good looking inn on the Norway side is likely Søylegården, that still stands today.
Read more about Svinesund and Søylegården


The ferry at Svinesund Norway side
(ca 1800 by J.W. Edy)

Detailed map of route from Svinesund to Soner [Såner]
Smaalehnenes Amt, Ramm & Munthe (1826)

Westgaard (and Helle)
A quite lovely handpainted map from 1804 (source: kartverket) shows both Helle (“supprimée”) and Westgaard not far from Svinesund.
(see bigger version on this page)


Pork Pancakes
Fleskepannekake’ is a pancake fried together with diced salty bacon. Today it’s often eaten with either syrup or a blueberry jam on top…
get the recipe



“Handbook says we may go by Helle or Westgaard -“

Anne Lister mentions, while in Sweden, buying a little Norway road book (1829) and later writes to Mariana to “buy the ‘Handbook for Northern Europe‘, published by Murray last summer” (i.e. 1838) if she would “wish to pursue us more minutely thro’ our wanderings” (Letter to Mariana Lawton, Moscow November 18, 1839)