Sundfarer Marte

Every guest was encouraged to have food to sell to the travelers passing through. "Sundfarer Marte" is a legend here at Sundvolden Hotel.

Sundvolden Hotel

Each guest was encouraged to have food and animal feed to sell to the road users and their trusty steads. The regulations on the ferry site were very careful and strict. The ferrymen were, of course, the first public officials. The king's people had a free ride and the same was true for higher officials with servants. There were also many who tried to sneak over for free. That is why they had such strict penalties. A "fake" traveler would have been be punished, but never killed. There were many complaints; both from the travelers and from the innkeeper. In a letter from 1648 it says that "Qvindens has a hostel at the crossing of the Steinsfjord lake. What lies in the pipelines is robbers, thieves, runners, and tears. When she travels, she is completely unhappy with both the fullness and the excess of the items she transfers. Do not double, therefore wild fun ". This is, in all likelihood, a complaint from a traveler. This "Qvindens" own explanation cannot be found, so the case is hard to judge. It may be that the complaint could have been made in revenge. Food for people and feed to the horses had to be provided by the innkeeper. When it was paid, the innkeepers had the right to take 1/3 more than usual in the village. He would take a little extra for his work during both day and night. The hosts often drove as a farmer next door. Sundvolden eventually developed into a large farm. In Kleivbekken there was a baking stamp and mill and these millstones make up the stone veranda outside of Gilde House today. There was always heavy traffic on the yard and road users often came to flock and follow. In the Winter, there were always difficulties with icy ground after a snow storm. The residents of Ringerike clung together when they were going to market to keep each other upright.