Pollfjell landslide and tsunamis 1810

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On Saturday 30 June 1810 a large part of the Poll mountain fell into Storfjorden in Lyngen.[1][2]

Three flood waves were created by the incident travelling 20 km in both directions of Storfjord. Three farms close to the fjord were taken by the tsunamis and ten adults and four children lost their lives. Only two of the victims were later found.

Some people survived by running away from the water. A little child was found floating in a "komse" (lapp cradle).


The wife of Jon Knudsen Karen Mortensdatter, Jacob Josephsen, Anders Ericsen and his wife Anne Josephsdatter, their daughters Anne Andersdatter and Karen Andersdatter, and their foster daughter Stina Israelsdatter, Joseph Jacobsen and his wife Birgithe Samuelsdatter.

Only the first two were ever recovered and buried.


The church book entry[1] seems to be very inaccurate with respect to the age of the victims.


  1. 1.0 1.1 SATØ, Lyngen sokneprestembete, Parish register (official) no. 2, 1785-1840, p. 239-240.
  2. Roald Larsen, "Pollfjellraset 1810. Folk og hendelser i Lyngen." Menneske og miljø i Nord-Troms. Årboka 1976, p 67.

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