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ally nearly 174 million tons), and as the terminus of the Lapland
Railway. It now has 4500 inhab., large quays, and many shops. The
station is at the N. end of the town, 25 min. from the pier. To the
W. of the station is a good point of view marked by a flagstaff. —
Excursion by rail to the frontier, or even to Abisko, interesting,
comp. p. 392.
Two Tourist Routes of the Vesteraalen Steamboat Co. (p. 209) start
from Narvik: Mondays by Troms0 to the North Cape, then by Hammerfest
to the Lyngenfjord, and back by Troms0 to the Lofoten Islands (Digermulen,
Raftsund), and past Torghatten to Throndhjem (6 days; 200-250 kr., incl.
f00Q). _ Fridays to the Lofoten Islands (Digermulen, Raftsund, Svolvaer)
and back (2 days; 50 kr., incl. food). — The Saltens Steamboat Co. also
sends a boat once a week for a circular voyage to the Lofoten Islands
(Com. 410; 15-18 kr.).
Narvik is also a station of the Bod0-Lofoten-Ofoten steamers (Com. 409),
which twice weekly steam up the Skjommenfjord; at the head of the fjord
is Elvegaard (Landhandler), with the church of Skjommen, at the mouth of
the Elvegaards-Elv. A road leads up the right bank of the river to the
gaards of Bokhl (13 Kil.). Then by a rough bridle-path on the left bank in
4-5 hrs. to a poor refuge-hut ('Gamme'), whence in 7 hrs. we may reach
the copper-mines of Sjangeli in Sweden (quarters at the Formand's). Grand
but toilsome passes lead thence in 8-10 hrs. to Vassijaur or Abisko on the
Lapland Railway (p. 392). — The W. arm of the Skjommenfjord is said
to be still finer. At its head, to the W., above Skjomboln, towers the
Frostisen (4731ft.), with its vast glaciers. The mountain-slopes, rising
abruptly 4000 ft. from the water, have been worn smooth by ice-avalanches.
The next station to the N. of the Ofotenfjord is —
22 S.M. Ljfrdingen, at which all the mail-steamers and many of
the local boats touch, an important telegraph-station (comp. p.210),
with a church and parsonage, picturesquely situated on a peninsula
of the Hinde, which is here separated from the Tjalle and the main¬
land by the Tjallsund.
The next stage is less interesting. We steer past the E. side
of the Hinde, through the Tjallsund, which afterwards expands
into the Vaagsfjord.
26 S. M. Sandtorv, on the Hinde, the first station in Tromse-Amt.
28 S.M. Grasholmen, also on the Hinde.
30 S. M. Harstad or Harstadhavn (Hot. Nordstjernen; Grand
Hot.) is a pleasant, thriving place on a height at the N.E. end of
the Hinde. The steamers land at the quay. A drive may be taken to
a neighbouring Lapp Encampment (comp. p. 231), and on the return
a visit may be paid to the old church of Throndenas (2 Kil. N. of
Harstad), once the northmost in Christendom. The drivers charge
3-4 kr. for each person. As there are vehicles enough, the travellers
should decline to be crowded.
Harstad is also a station of the Troms0-Amt steamers (Com. 416, 417)
to Risehavn (p. 22G) in the Vesteraalen group.
To the N. we see the jagged peaks of the Gryte, and in the dis¬
tance the Senjehest (984 ft.), the S. headland of Senjen (p. 229). The
tourist-steamers steer N.E. across the Vaagsfjord. The midnight
sun is visible here till mid-July (p. 212). Between the Gryte and
the Senjehest appears the distant Vesteraalen island Ande (p. 226).