to the North Cape. SKJ.ERV0. Map, p. 228. — 33. R. 235
(good fishing), with a fine view of the Njalavarre, and thence to Kvesmences
or Hatteng (good quarters at Hans Kill's), prettily situated at the head of
the Storfjord, the S. bay of the Lyngenfjord. The surrounding mountains
are: N.E., the blunt cone of the Hatten, S.E., the jagged Mandfjeld (5086 ft )
and S., the Ottertind. — From Hatteng to Havnnees on the Balsfjord, 6-7 hrs
(see p. 230); a horse, for fording the streams, should be hired to Mtelen.
Beyond the Lyngenfjord we pass between the Arn0 and the
Kaag0 (3966 ft), with its glacier, into the Kaagsund, beyond which,
on the left, is the Leg0, and on the right —
13 S.M. Skjserv« (Guldbrandsen's Hot), in a bay on the W. side
of the island of that name, with a church, a post and telegraph
office, and a doctor. Nansen's ship, the Fram, under Capt. Sverdrup,
anchored here on 20th August, 1896, on her return from her three
To the S.E. we see the pointed Kvenangstinder on the Kvenang-
fjord, which is entered by the Lyngenfjord steamers, and also once
weekly by the mail-boats of Line II (as far as Alteidet, see below).
From the peninsula to the N. and E. of the Kvenangfjord, where
the land is deeply indented by many fjords, rises the 0ksfjordj0kel
(3825 ft.), from which a glacier descends to the Jekelfjord. Our
course is now nearly due N., across the open sea ('Lophavet'), to —
17 S.M. Loppen, the first station in Finmarkens-Amt, with its
little church, its turf-covered parsonage, and the Landhandler's
substantial house. Little grows here except a few potatoes, which
almost alone survive the storms raging for weeks. — The mail-boat
of Line I steers S. into the Bergsfjord, rounds the wedge-shaped
island of Silden (2028 ft.), and stops at —
20 S.M. Bergsfjord, on the E. side of the fjord. Grand scenery.
In the background S. is a glacier of the 0ksfjordjekel, discharged
by a waterfall. Passing L0rsnas, we steer S.E. to —
23 S.M. 0ksfjord, on a peninsula between the 0ksfjord and
the Stjernsund, in a noble amphitheatre of mountains, conspicuous
in which to the W. is the great Jekelfjeld, with a glacier descend¬
ing from it. To the N. is the small church.
The Stjernsund opens E. into the Altenfjord, which may be visited
from Hammerfest (p. 2d6; Com. 425), made known to science by L. von Buch,
Prof. Forbes, Keilhau, Ch. Martins, and others. The fjord has branches
in every direction. The mountains are Alpine in form. The chief heights
are on the W. side: the Kaaven (3130 ft.), between the Stjernsund and
Langfjord; the Lassefjeld (3639 ft.), S. of the Langfjord; and the Store
Haldde (3744 ft.), W. of the Kaafjord. The vegetation here is surprisingly
rich. Foliage - trees and wild strawberries occur, and potatoes thrive in
places. The temperature in July rises at times to 100° Fahr. — The more
important stations are on the S. side of the fjord: Langfjordbunden (12 Kil.
from Alteidet, see above); Talvik ('pine-bay'), with a church; Kaafjord,
with an old copper-mine, re-opened in 1895, and —
Bossekop ('whale-bay'; bosso, Lappish for 'whale'; ''Fru Wiig's Hot.),
with the church of Allen, at the foot of the Kongshavnfjeld (705 ft.), 3 4 Kil.
E. of the mouth of the salmon-river Alten-Elv. In the vicinity are seen
old coast-lines, at a height of about 200 ft.
From Bossekop by Karasjok to Vadsjzt, 6-7 days. A guide (vappus)
who knows Lappish is necessary. Equipment, see pp. xxiii, 242. At first
there is a road, which crosses the Alten-Elv beyond Altengaard; then a