National Geographic : 1954 Aug
178 Andrew H. Brown, National Geographic Staff Burdened Bikes Bring Campers to Sjysanden's Pine-scented Tent Grove This resort, near Mandal, offers one of Norway's best beaches; its park provides cheap tent space with elec tricity and running water. Three hundred tents may mushroom beneath the trees on a summer week end. and clotheslines. We tied up where freighters load titanium ore brought from the mine on a mountain-hopping cableway. J0ssing Fjord was the scene of the Altmark incident, in February, 1940. The British de stroyer Cossack, threading the fjord entrance in darkness, forced aground the German raider Altmark and rescued 300 captive Brit ish and Indian seamen. From that event came the word j0ssing, designating a loyal Norwegian, in contrast to a quisling, or col laborator.* In shipshape Kirkehavn (Church Harbor) on Hidra Island, our next port of call, a cheery customs officer, Jacob Sivertsen, brought a brother, Peter, to call on us. "He lives in your home State," Jacob ex plained. "He is president of the Globe Slicing Machine Company at Stamford, Connecticut." Richer by a 6-pound salmon and a basket ful of lettuce from the Sivertsen garden, we set sail to turn Norway's southwest corner, the rocky finger of Lindesnes. Its light-the Naze-is a sailors' landmark. We by-passed Farsund, whose natives claim it to be port of registry for more vessels, in relation to its pop ulation (1,600), than any other in the world. Norway Loves Its Southland Now our boats were plying the waters of S0rlandet, the South Country. It borders the sea along the whole south coast from Stavan ger on the west to Krager0 on the east. The Norwegians' sentimental attachment to their southland compares with the Ameri cans' for Dixie. The appeals are similar. A gentler climate than regions farther north. Patrician dwellings, not white-columned and box-hedged, to be sure, but noble in propor * See "Norway, an Active Ally," by Wilhelm Mor genstierne, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, March, 1943.