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)

Day 2 – Arriving at Christiania (Oslo) from the South East


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

The first public record of Hafslund dates to 1344, at which time the farm was crown property. Hafslund Manor dates from 1761. Read more…

Glommen [Glomma]
The Glomma, is Norway’s longest and most voluminous river. With a total length of 621 kilometres (386 miles), it has a drainage basin that covers fully 13% of Norway’s surface area, all in the southern part of the country.
Read more …

Korsegården used to be situated at
what is currently a highway crossing, “the Korsegård-crossing” or Korsegårdskrysset, by the E6 in Ås, Akershus. Read more about Korsegården

Såner kirke

Såner church
Såner church as it would have looked when Anne and Ann saw it. Inset is Anne’s sketch in her journal.

Read more about Såner Church

Archeological finds suggest that there were settlements in the area more than 7,000 years ago and continuously through the Iron Age, Viking Age, through to modern times. Read more about the town Moss


The view of Christiania from the South East – Ekeberg
(August Boesen, early 1800)