226 R.32.--Map,p.228. FOLDENFJORD.
Slokmarknces (Frederiksen's Hot., good), where a fair is held in June,
on the Hadsel0. Thence across the Sortlandsund to Kvitnces on the Hind0.
The Meisadel (4154 ft.), the highest mountain in the Hind0 and in the whole
Lofoten and Vesteraalen group, is conspicuous all the way. Its glacier is
said to be the saddle of a virgin giantess fleeing from wicked persecutors.
Thence to the N. between the Lang0 and the Hind0, to Sortland. Scenery
grand, yet smiling.
At Sortland (quarters at G. Ellingsen's), on the Sortlandsund, we may
land and wait for the boat returning next day. Meanwhile we may
ascend one of the hills behind the village (l'/2-2 hrs.). — The next
station is —
Risehavn (Landhandler), on the Anda, an island interesting to geo¬
logists. From its extensive swamps, on which the 'Multebser' (Rubus
chamsemorus) abounds, suddenly rise hills to a height of 1970 ft. Under¬
lying the sandstone and clay-slate rock is a thick vein of coal, extending
under the sea. The steamer turns here and steers to Skjoldehavn (Land-
handler), on the And0, where a local steamer from Harstadhavn also calls
once a week (p. 228).
Opposite Skjoldehavn, beyond the Gavlfjord, lies Alfsvaag (Land-
handler) on the Lang0. The steamer then goes on to Langences, at the
N. end of the Lang0, and returns on the W. side.
Beyond Svolvaer (p. 224) the mail-steamers call at stations
varying on the different voyages, and at Ledingen join the route
32. From Bod© to Troms».
49 S. M. (comp. p. 209). — The distances given below are from Bod0.
The route is that of the Mail Steamers of Line II from Bod0 to L0dingen.
They also cross to Svolvser on the Lofoten Islands, but the rest of their
course skirts the mainland. From L0dingen to Tromse the course of the
mail-steamers almost coincides with that of the tourist-steamers. The
mail - steamers take 9-10 hrs. from Bod0 to Svolvair, 7-8 hrs. more to Le¬
dingen, 3 hrs. thence to Harstadhavn, and 10-12 hrs. from Harstadhavn to
Tromse; the quick boats perform these voyages in 6V2, 4, 3, and Vfe hrs.
Bode, see p. 218. The steamer heads W. from the pier, and
then steers to the right through the strait between the small island
that protects the harbour and the larger Hjart0. On the left opens
the Vestfjord (p. 222). Farther on, to the left, rises the mountain¬
ous island, of Landegode (p. 221).
4 S.M. Kjarring0, S. of the Foldenfjord, in a grand site. The
lower part of the mountains has often been worn smooth by glacier-
action, while their summits are serrated like the Aiguilles of Mont
Blanc. At the S. entrance of the fjord rises the Strandtind (2336 ft.;
sketched by Prof. Forbes in his 'Norway'), with its crater-like peak.
At the head of the Foldenfjord rise other huge mountains, one of
which, the Troldtind (first ascended by C. Hall in 1889), recalls the
The Foldenfjord divides into the Nordfolden and Serf olden branches,
to which a Local Steamer plies from Bod0 in 12-15 hours. Stations:
Bjerne (p. 221), Kjcerringe (see above), Nordf olden on the N. arm of the fjord,
Mersviksbotten on the Mersviksfjord, its extreme branch; then Resvik (quarters
at the Landhandler's), on the S0rfolden, Engan on the Leirfjord, a branch
of the S0rfolden, and Dybvik at the end of the fjord, whence a road through
wild scenery crosses the hills to Fuske (p. 220).