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Norway : Troms

17.0 km (10.6 miles) ESE of Kongslia, Troms, Norway
Approx. altitude: 1351 m (4432 ft)
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Antipode: 69°S 160°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View east #3: View south #4: View west, confluence visitor Christer #5: GPS #6: Overview from 17 m west of confluence #7: Summit of Dolpen, looking approximately northwest #8: View from Reiersdalen, 3060m m from confluence

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  69°N 20°E (visit #1)  

#1: View north across Tverrskardet, Isdalsfjella beyond to the right

(visited by Henrik Sunden and Christer Rosell)

29-Aug-2004 -- This confluence is located on the north slope of Dolpen mountain, at elevation 1412 m (recorded by the GPS), only 135 m NNW of the summit cairn and 34 m lower than the top of the cairn (recorded to be at 1446 m elevation, the maps say 1443 m or 1444 m).

Starting from Tverrelvmo on Friday evening, August 27th, we had this confluence in mind on our 8 day hiking tour in the Rosta - Pältsa area. Pältsa is the northernmost mountain area in Sweden, but Dolpen and the confluence are in Norway. Finland is only 20 km further east. The approach route was on the northern side of Rostadalen up to Rostahyttene and about 1.5 km along the trail to Gappohyttene, then in WNW direction in to Trollelvskardet. On Sunday before noon we reached Fjellfrösskardet west of Dolpen and found a nice place for camping near the creek coming from the lake in Fjellfrösskardet. Without the heavy backpacks we walked up to the lake, then north to the ridge going in NW to W direction from Dolpen. Soon the land was barren rock with occasional glacier crowfeet (Ranunculus glacialis) on small patches of soil. Higher up came lichens on the rocks, and we saw a small mining remnant (a glory hole). Four ptarmigans flew up at about 1150 m elevation. The ridge became rather narrow, but the wind was not disturbing the climb. At about 1:30 p.m. we reached the confluence near the summit. There were small snowfields near it, and large ones a little further away. The landscape type is barren loose rock fields with occasional lichens. Then we walked up to the summit cairn and had a tasty chocolate cake and dried apricot meal. The route down was the same. We met a 63 year old man from Tromsø 600 m north of the summit. He was going alone across the summit.

The next day we continued our hiking tour into Reiersdalen. Just north of the creek coming from Tverrskardet, we could see the snowfields near the confluence at 3060 m distance, but probably not the confluence point itself.

The next few days we went to Signaldalen and camped at 600 m elevation and climbed Parastind (1419 m), which has a 500 m precipice to the north. Then the tour went trough Pältsanvagge (1069 m GPS elevation in the pass). We had a rainy day on Thursday at 906 m in Pältsanvagge and had to skip two summit attempts. The next two days we went back to Rostadalen and down to Tverrelvmo. We left our backpacks near the suspension bridge across Rostaelva about 7 km upstream Tverrelvmo and hurried down on an overgrown cart road to Tverrelvmo. Drove 16 km to the suspension bridge (7 km of tollway, 30 NOK) and spent the last night near it. A hawk owl watched us and looked for prey from different dead birch tops around our tents. A good hiking tour, 100 km walked including the summit expeditions, good and warm (9 - 20.5 centigrade) weather and only one day with rain and wet fog. No walking in rainsuits.


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#1: View north across Tverrskardet, Isdalsfjella beyond to the right
#2: View east
#3: View south
#4: View west, confluence visitor Christer
#5: GPS
#6: Overview from 17 m west of confluence
#7: Summit of Dolpen, looking approximately northwest
#8: View from Reiersdalen, 3060m m from confluence
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