to Tromse. MALANGENFJORD. 32. Route. 229
To the E. tower the abrupt Aarbodstind and Faxtind (see below). —
The mail-steamers torn E. from Harstad to the Rolde and into the
Astafjord to —
32 S. M. Havnvik, on the Rolde. The church of lbestad, like
that of Throndenses, is of stone, and vaulted,while the other churches
in Tromse-Stift are of timber. To the S.E., on the mainland,
towers the Messetind (3317 ft.), and S. of it the Skavlikollen (3304 ft.) •
both may be climbed, with guide, the former from the Gratangen-
fjord, the latter from the Gravfjord.
We steam through the grand *Salangenfjord and Mj*sund, be¬
tween the Andorj0 and the mainland. The tourist-steamers pass
this way on their return-voyage. On the mainland lie the stations
of Lavangnas and Seveien (Com. 416). Immediately W. of the Mje-
sund rises the huge Aarbodstind (3855 ft.), with a large glacier and
a waterfall, and to the E. the pointed Faxtind (4003 ft.).
The scenery is still more impressive at —
35 S.M. Kastnashavn; all these mountains, notably the pinnacle
of the Faxtind, are seen at once, and the W. horizon is bounded
by the Ande Mts. and others. To the W. the Dyre and Dyresund.
38 S. M. Kl0ven, on the island of Senjen (641 sq. M.). Quantities
of 'Kveiter' (halibut, p. 211) are caught here, some of them 6-10 ft.
long, and dried in the open air. The fat fins are called 'rav', the flesh
oftheback 'rjekiing'. A single fish sometimes more than fills a barrel.
To the S.E. rise the snow-cUAGhirragas-Tjokko, oxlstinder (4864 ft.)!
— The next station is Finsnas, on the mainland, pleasantly situated
on the Finfjord, whence a road leads N., past the Finfjordvand to
Guldhav in the Maalselv-Dal (p. 230).
42 S. M. Gibostad (telegr., comp. p. 210), also in Senjen. Our
course lies between that island and the mainland. The shores are
green, wooded, and fairly well peopled, and this pleasing scenery
is backed by snow-mountains. Opposite us, on the mainland, are
the white church and the parsonage of Lenvik; to the left rise the
jagged peaks at the N. end of Senjen; in front appears the Lille
Blaamand on the Kvale (p. 230).
The tourist-steamers and the mail-boats of Lines II and III
eross the Malangenfjord, the N. frontier of Norway in the middle
ages, enclosed by high mountains. To the S. rise the snowy heights
of the Maalselvdal; to the E. are the snow-peaks on the Lyngen¬
fjord. The mail-steamers of Line I and several local boats from
Tromse enter the fjord (Com. 419). To the right is the church of
Rosfjord. The chief station in the Malangerfjord is__
47 S. M. Maalsnaes (Pedersen's Hot), on a tongue of land, where
the fjord divides into several arms. This is the starting-point for
excursions to the Maalselvdal and Bardudal, inhabited chiefly by
colonists from the 0sterdal and the Gudbrandsdal, who began to
settle here in 1796.