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Sweden

8.4 km (5.2 miles) SSE of Lövberg, Västerbotten, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 943 m (3093 ft)
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Antipode: 65°S 165°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: To the south. #3: To the west. #4: The proof. Exactly 65, 15. #5: Me to the right and Mats to the left on the confluence point. Note the reindeer horns that we found. #6: Some other visitor that didnt make it to the point. Notice that he never let go of the GPS :) #7: Me comparing the GPS to the map. About 5km from the point. #8: View to the north

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  65°N 15°E (secondary) 

#1: This is a picture shows the view to the east overlooking the valley

(visited by Anders Lundin and Mats Lönnqvist)

16-Jul-2002 -- This confluence point is situated about 950 m above sea level and about 7km from the road almost at the top of mount "Fiskonfjället"(1075 meters).

According to the map (swedish fjällkartan 1:100 000) there should be a small trail from the road that should take us about half the way and then we would have to walk without trail.

We started out by car some 200 km from the point. The car ride took about 2,5 hours. After another 1/2 hour of searching for the trail, we decided to try without any trail. The trail had probably been overgrown. The first part would be the hardest until we would reach the treeline. It was about 12 o´clock when we finally started out. It was about 2-3 km of some pretty steep walking before we reached the treeline.

The mount "Fiskonfjället" contains more than one peak when you see it in reality. On the map it looks pretty much like one peak. This meant that we had to walk up and down several peaks (not that high, but climbing up and down gets exhausting in the long run). Finally the GPS said 850 m to the point, and pointed straight at a peak. We had walked 8 km from our car at this point. It turns out that the point was almost exactly on the top of this peak . As if it was put there on purpose to give the visitor a beautiful view!

As usual in the swedish mountains, you can clearly see the traces of the inland ice a couple of years ago (well, not couple, about ten thousand). The ice moved from north to south hence "softening" the peaks to the south, but making them pretty steep to the north.

From the confluence point you have a beautiful view to the east, south and west. North is only a rock face, but behind that face, the highest peak of Fiskonfjället can be seen. The point faces out over a valley without any proof of human life. However, the valley and Fiskonfjället are often used by the Sami for reindeer keeping.

On the other side of the valley you can see Gruoneke (1427 meters) and Engejetneme (1440 meters). Both are pretty impressive.

We stopped for the pictures and to eat and drink. This was a well needed pause. Then we headed back for the car. This time we didnt look at the map to find the best and easiest wasy back, but put the GPS in go-to mode for the car. This turned out to be a bad idea. We had to walk through heavy terrain with small trees and lots of rocks. The way back felt a lot longer, but was really shorter according to the GPS. When we finally got back to the car we were exhausted. The clock was almost 1800. This mean that we had done 17.1 km in under 6 hours(including a couple of pauses) which is pretty good considering the terrain and lack of trail.

The weather was almost ideal for walking. About 20 degrees celsius and lots of clouds. No rain. Light winds, just enough to keep most of the mosquitos away. On the way back to the car, the sun appeared and made it a bit too hot.


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#1: This is a picture shows the view to the east overlooking the valley
#2: To the south.
#3: To the west.
#4: The proof. Exactly 65, 15.
#5: Me to the right and Mats to the left on the confluence point. Note the reindeer horns that we found.
#6: Some other visitor that didnt make it to the point. Notice that he never let go of the GPS :)
#7: Me comparing the GPS to the map. About 5km from the point.
#8: View to the north
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