ZZU R.30. — Map,p.212. SALTFJORD. Excursion
the Skjerstadfjord, by three narrow straits only: the Saltstrem,
between the two islands, 165 yds. wide; the Sundstrem, 66 yds.
wide, between the Strome and the mainland; and the Godestrem
on the N.E. side of the Knaplunde. Through these channels the
great basin of the Skjerstadfjord, over 100 sq. M. in area, with its
millions of tons of water, is emptied or filled four times daily.
The current is strongest at spring-tides (new and full moon), and
the outflow is greatest in spring when the melting snow swells
the streams falling into the fjord. The difference between the in¬
side and outside levels of the water at high or at low tide is some¬
times 372 ft. or more. The navigation of these straits is only
feasible for an hour at half-tide. Fishing very productive here.
The steamer rounds the S.W. point of the Bode peninsula
steers across the Saltfjord to the E. end of Stremeen, and calls at
Strem (quarters at Landhandler Furre's). The best point for view¬
ing the *Saltstrem is % hr. from the house. On the Knaplunde,
?PP?o~|' a column (Kongestetten) recalls the visit of King Oscar II.
in 1873. Those who spend a day at Strem may cross S. to the
mainland and ascend the nearest of the Bersvastinder (3438 ft •
5-6 hrs.; fatiguing). v ''
After passing through the Saltstrem, the steamer turns E. into
the Skjerstadfjord, which with its various arms runs 45 Kil in¬
land. The first station is —
Skjerstad, the capital of this region, with a church and 6300 in¬
hab., at the entrance to the Misva.rfjord, which the steamer ascends
twice a week. Opposite, to the W., is the old gaard of L0nas, with
an ancient burial-place. The steamer then steers to —
Venset. About 5-6 Kil. farther is 0inesgavlen, a headland of
conglomerate (a formation also found on the Kjatnas, 14 Kil. S.).
The steamer now ascends the N. arm of the fjord to__
Fuske or Fauske (slow skyds-station), whence a road leads by
the Fuskeeid to (15 Kil.) Dybvik on the S. Foldenfjord (p. 226).
Then, 8 hrs. from Bode, we reach —
Fineidet (Fru H. Lundquist's Hot.), the port for the copper-
ore mined on the Sulitelma and for the beautiful white marble
quarried near Fuske.
.i. I?0".*?10.11 Tt? THE Sulitelma. Passing an extensive moraine, we cross
t»r jne\, (lf ,'ut 10 min)> which separates the fjord from the lake
ol Nedre Vand. Small Steamers (530.; through-fare to Furulund li/2 kr.)
?(1/!Bi»- 8teer throv'gu the Gjemgamsstrem into the 0vre Vand to
(ll/4 hr.) Sjenstaa or Skjenstuen, in a basin at the head of the latter The
district is known as Vattenbygden. — From Sj0nstaa the narrow-gauge
Sulitelma Railwav runs through a rocky ravine in bold windings above
the brawling Langvaes-Elv, with views of the Galmifos and the distant Suli¬
telma. In 1/2 hr. we reach Hellarmo, at the foot of the Langvand (410 ft)
where we embark in another small Steamer (60 0.). Fine scenery on the
Langvand; grand waterfalls, notably the Rupsi Joki ('red water- left)
Furulund, the steamboat-terminus (I'/skr), is the seat of the Swedish
Sulitelma Mining Co., which yields about 200,000 tons of copner ore M„„,iw
and employs 1500-2000 hands; handsome offices and dwellings. Tourists