230 R. 32. — Map, p. 228. TROMS0. From Bode
From Maalsn^es to the Rostavand. We drive (fast stations to Bak-
kehaug) past Hollcendernces, where the Dutch attempted to settle in the
17th cent, against the will of the Hanseatic merchants (p. 138). This is
alluded to by Peter Dass (p. lvi): —
'■Men der denne Handel lidt lainge paastod,
Da blev det de Bergenske Kjebmcend imod,
Hollainderne maatte sig pakke.'
('But the business had soon to be closed,
For the merchants of Bergen opposed,
And the Dutchmen were forced to begone'.)
The first station in this fine valley is (14 Kil.) Guldhau. The road then
leads past the church of Maalselven to (11 Kil.) Moen (good quarters). The
grand mountains facing us are the crater-like Ghirragas Tjokko, or Istinder
(p. 229). A good point of view is Lille Mauket (1970 ft.), near Moen.
Passing several small stations, and then (18 Kil.) Bakkehaug and (12 Kil.)
Neergaard, with its church, we arrive at 0verby, near the confluence of
the Maals-Elv and the Jagmok-Elv. (Through the valley of the latter a route
leads to the Lyngenfjord; p. 233.) Above the Rostavand rises the huge
Rostafjeld (5118 ft.). To ascend it we ride to gaard Kongslid (good quar¬
ters), and then mount through a small valley on the E. side. Wild rein¬
deer occur here. Opposite the Rostafjeld rise S.E. the Likkavarre(4890ft.);
S.W. the Ruten (4396 ft.) and Alapen (4954 ft.); and E., quite near, the
From Maalsn^es to S0veien. To Moen, see above. The next station
is (17 Kil.) Sundli, in the Bardudal. Before reaching it we diverge to the
left to Fosmoen and the copious Bardufos; to the left rise the Istinder
(p. 229), the W. peak of which may be ascended. — 23 Kil. Saetermoen.
Beyond this the road in the Bardudal is uninteresting. It leads past
Viken to the Altevand (1664 ft.), where N. rises the Kistefjeld (5653 ft.)
and S. the Rokomborre (5348 ft.). — Our road crosses W. the hill Kob-
beryggen to (10 Kil.) Brandvold, leads past the Nedre Vand to Vashoved,
and lastly to (17 Kil.) Seveien (p. 229).
From the Maalselvdal to the Balsfjord. Of several routes the easiest
(with guide; 1 day's walk) is from Olsborg, a little N. of Moen, to Storsten-
nces (good quarters at the Landhandler's; not to be confounded with the
houses near Troms0, p. 232), from which we row in i'/a hr- (* kr.) to
Havnnces (good quarters), near the S.E. end of the fjord. Here we may
either take the Balsfjord steamer, passing on the E. bank mountains 5000 ft.
high, to Troms0; or from Nordkjos, at the head of the fjord, we may
walk by 0vregaard, through wood and pasture, to the Lapp settlement of
Mcelen; then across two rivers (ask for horse at Mselen) to Hatteng, at the
S. end of the Lyngenfjord (p. 233), 6-7 hrs. from Havnnses.
Leaving the Malangenfjord, we pass the great Bensjordtind
(4084 ft.), with its snow-fields, on the right, and the large is¬
land Kval0 on the left, where in the foreground rises the rocky
and snow-clad Lille Blaamand (2625 ft.). On the S. coast of the
island, between Buvik and Mjelde, several old coast-lines (p. xxxii)
may be traced. The Blaamand itself (3429 ft.), the highest hill in
the island, becomes visible in the distance farther on. We steer
into the Tromsesund, about 550 yds. broad. Behind us the Bens¬
jordtind is in sight till we enter the harbour of Tromse. To the N.
we see the snow-clad Skulgamtinder on the Ringvadse; to theE. we
look into the Tromsdal, with the Tromsdalstind in the background.
The current in the Tromsesund changes with the tide.
49 S.M. TromS0. — Grand Hotel, near the quay, R. 2, B. or S. l'/z,
D. 2 kr., very fair; Hegbom's Hot., further N. — Confectioner, Wohnhas,
Skipper-Gade 16. — Fors, Gold and Silver Ornaments, etc., at Claus