Day 7 – “Everybody should see Drammen”

This bridge, Smedbrua, from 1767 on the road (Kongeveien/Gamle Kongsberg vei) between Hokksund (Hogsund) and Kongsberg, was built by masons from Kongsberg silver mines and is one of the oldest stone-arch bridges in Norway. Surely on Anne’s route between Drammen and Kongsberg. (foto: Jorunn K. Kirkestuen/ source: Aftenposten)


Madame Samuelson
There is a record of a woman owning property in Kongsberg named Anne Sophie Samuelsen (born in 1795). Her house was in Store Kirkegade 16, which seems to be a very central location.

More (+ bigger map)


Route from Drammen via Hokksund, Kongsberg, Moensæter to Bolkesjø

Drammen (more info and imageds for Drammen coming soon)

Kongsberg was founded by Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV as a mining community in 1624 after the discovery of silver. In the second year, the town of Kongsberg and the Kongsberg Silver Mines were built.

More …

Bolkesjø is a lake, village and resort in Notodden municipality in Vestfold og Telemark, Norway. It is located in Gransherad by Norwegian National Road 37. More…


Flat bread / flatbrød is a traditional Norwegian thin bread baked on a traditional takke or large smooth griddle.

Simple recipe and how-to …

Anne loved pancakes especially pork pancakes, although the pancakes at Madame Samuelsen did not please her…

Recipe and how-to…

“no fresh milk – milk 1 month to 2 and 3 months old – the one month too sour and thick”

More about surmelk…

“had excellent flatbrod (flatbread) and brandy and water”

More about Brandy…

Day 9 – Picturesque mountain valley

Jondalen (between Bolkesjø and Kongsberg)


at Moenseter at 7.57 – Sæter or stol or house where the cattle is – Ladebarn and the doorway and middle of the barn were one puts carriage is called Love Stald, stable and for cows and betaille Fjös (fiuse) walked about ate our rice-cake and had cold fresh milk and butter –

Anne Lister, travel journal 5. aug. 1839

bétail is french for livetock

“love” or rather Låve is Norse for barn

Fjös (Fjuse)
“Fjös” or rather Fjøs is Norse for cowshed

Låve from 1800s (by Bjørn Johnsen source Digitalmuseum)



Not 100 % sure about current situation, but read more on the possible location and buildings of “Moenseter”

Route from Drammen via Hokksund, Kongsberg, Moensæter to Bolkesjø