Although no license is required when permission is obtained to shoot
over private property, the sport is generally very inferior. Another
drawback to the sportsman's enjoyment is the difficulty of obtaining
good or even tolerable quarters. The Swedish game-laws, however,
are as yet much less stringent, no license being required for shoot¬
ing on unenclosed land belonging to government.
The Close Seasons in Norway are as follows: — For heath-hen and
black-hen (R0i and Aarhene), 15th March to 15th Aug.; capercailzie (Tiur),
blackcock (Aarhane), and hazel-hen (Hjerpe), 15th May to 15th Aug.; par¬
tridge (Rapph0ns), 1st Jan. to 1st Sept.; eider-duck (Edderfugl), 15th April
to 15th Aug. (no eider-fowl to be killed in Troms0 Stift or in the Fog-
derier of Fosen and Namdal till the end of 1885); ptarmigan (Rype), 15th
May to 15th Aug.; reindeer (Rensdyr), 1st April to 1st Aug.; hare (Hare),
1st June to 15th Aug.; elk (Elgsdyr), beaver (Bcever), and deer (ffjorl),
1st Nov. to 1st Aug. (but foreigners are prohibited from shooting them
at any time). —- Salmon (Lax) and sea-trout (S00rret) in rivers, estuaries,
and lakes, 14th Sept. to 15th April; in brooks or on the sea-coast, 14th
Sept. to 14th Feb.
The close seasons for game in Sweden are nearly the same, usually
ending on 9th August.
Time Tables for Norway in 'Norges Communicationer', for Sweden in
'■Sveriges Kommunikationer , and for Denmark in the '■Reiseliste'.
Steamboats (Norw. Dampskibe, Sw. dngbdtar). Most of the
steamboats, both in Norway and Sweden, are comfortably fitted up,
and have good restaurants on board. The Danish steamboats (Det
Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab are said to be the best of those plying
on the Baltic Sea, while the steamers of DetBergensk-Nordlandske
Dampskibs-Selskab are commonly reported to be the most comfort¬
able for a journey to the North Cape (conip. p. 221). The smaller
steamers plying on the Norwegian fjords are comfortable during
the day, but their sleeping accommodation is rather inadequate
(see p. 96). The steamers on the Swedish canals should be used
only for short distances. The traveller should take every oppor¬
tunity offered of making previous enquiry as to the comfort of the
vessel in which he contemplates making a long tour. It is, perhaps,
superfluous to state that he should always travel in the first cabin.
Travellers who are about to spend one or more nights on
board a steamer should lose no time in securing a berth by personal
application to the steward. In the smaller vessels the dining-
saloon is used at night as a sleeping-cabin, but there is always a
separate ladies'-cabin. A passenger travelling with his family pays
full fare for himself, bnt is usually entitled to a reduction ('Mod¬
eration') of 25 per cent for each of the other members of the
party. On most of the steamboats return-tickets, available for
various periods, are issued at a fare and a half.
The food is generally good and abundant, but vegetables are
rare, and 'hermetiske Sager', salt relishes, and cheese always pre¬
ponderate at breakfast and supper. The usual charge for a sub¬
stantial breakfast or supper is 1-1 '/2, for dinner 2-2i/.i crowns.