05-Jul-2005 -- Yet another scout jamboree, and yet another confluence visit!
Five years ago I was a Cub Scout leader, and my son had become a regular scout. His troop attended "Go The NorWay 2000" at Ingelsrud scouting center, and while visiting him there I managed to visit 60°N 12°E which is just a few km north of the camp site.
This year the national jamboree was held at the same site, I attended the camp as Troop Leader which gave me very little free time, but I used the day when all the scouts were out on an overnight hike to visit another confluence, this one over the border into Sweden.
After seeing off my troop's patrols on their hikes, I left
Ingelsrud just after 10 in the morning, then drove E and N
on road 202 to Austmarka where I turned right onto
Mitanderforsvegen. This is one of a large number of dirt
roads that cross the border between Norway and Sweden in
During WWII many thousands were helped across this
border by a secret network of guides, today things
are a lot less exciting, and the actual border is only
marked with a single sign, and no actual customs presense.
I followed the same road SE another 28 km to Brandsböl, then
turned north on Gräsmarksvägen. After 8.6 km on this road,
my maps indicated a dirt road leading almost directly
to the confluence, but when I got there I found a sign
saying the road was gated. The gate however was open, so
I took a chance and drove on.
After nearly 10 km on this shortcut I reached 13°E
for the first time, just a little bit north of 60°N.
At this point I passed another open gate, so it is probably
possible to reach this area from the east without driving
through any gates.
After the gate I turned right (south) at a T-junction, then
stopped shortly after passing 60°N, on the first possible
turnout. The confluence was about 370 m away, across a nice
stream and up a small hill. It is totally covered with
relatively young pine trees, enough to disable reception
of low-altitude satellites, including the ESTB differential
correction signals, but I still got a stable position of
all zeroes and an EPE figure of 6 m.
On my way back to the camp I drove on much better (paved) roads
south to Gräsmark and back west to Charlottenberg, a
swedish border town located just a few km SE of the border.
This was a good spot to buy some essential supplies for the
camp, like a huge bag of marsmallows that the scouts could
roast on the campfire after returning from their overnight