The Island of Austvågøy

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View of the shores and steep slopes of Austvågøy as seen from the Raftsundet strait
Rafte-Sund Lofodden.

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View of the shores and steep slopes of Austvågøy, in the Lofoten archipelago, as seen from the Raftsundet strait. This scenery is described as follows by the author:

The aiguilles of Vaago[1] resemble those of Chamonix in form and general structure, being of reddish granite, and harbouring vast snow beds, and even small glaciers, amongst their clefts and ravines. One of the most striking scenes is the Svart-fjord[2], a small inlet on the west side of the Rafte-sund, so completely engulfed under frowning precipices, that it seemed as if daylight could never penetrate, and in the gloom of evening the eye failed to fathom its recesses. Yet even here, on a small and green projection, a group of cottages, with cheerful red-tiled roofs, and ascending columns of hospitable smoke, gave evidence of habitation, and probably of decency and comfort. I have attempted in Plate III to give an idea of this scene as it appeared an hour before midnight.

  1. ^ Vågan is the name of the main municipality of Austvågøy.
  2. ^ The Trollfjord.
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