21-Jul-2006 -- Driving along the E6 going north from Trondheim, we decided to visit a degree confluence. It should be a place that could be combined with a nice walk, so preferably not too close to a road, but also not too far away from it; I was about to take my two children (age 5 and 8) with me, and for them it should also be a pleasant walk. After I tried to explain what we were going to do, they developed some sort of enthusiasm, and we decided to go for the confluence point together.
Using the Mapsource topographic maps of Norway (very detailed, highly recommended), I found a suitable candidate: 66( North, 14( East. About halfway between Mosjoen and Mo I Rana lies the small town Korgen. From there, road 806 leads southwards, towards the degree confluence. From the 806, we took a minor road to Bryggfjellet were, according to the map, a walking trail should start, leading towards the degree confluence and passing it within some 300 metres, after a 3.5 kilometre walk.
The end of the road turned out to be a turning point for the local garbage truck, so we parked our car and started searching for the start of the trail. After some walking back and forth, it appeared to be a tractor track, starting close to a farmer's house. Unfortunately, I had no internet connection, so I could not use any descriptions from earlier visitors.
The track went upwards pretty steep, and since it was a warm day, numerous flies and mosquitoes prevented us from taking a rest. So we kept going until we reached the tree line, were the track flattened, and less flies were swarming around our heads. From there, it turned out to be a really nice walk, across a small river, and crossing several other small streams. There were also some very muddy parts, so wearing good watertight shoes is recommended.
About 300 metres from the confluence point, I had to leave the track, at an altitude of about 580 metres. From there, it seemed that the confluence point was somewhere on the slope of a hill. So I started walking uphill. At a distance of 100 metres, the slope got so steep that it was no longer possible to walk. Small rocks and loose, wet soil were already sliding down, and I managed to crawl towards the confluence point until my GPS indicated a distance of 12 metres. At that point, the soil got so slippery that I decided to go back. Maybe conditions are better during another time of the year.
I was slightly disappointed that I was not able to exactly 'zero' the GPS, but at least I managed to visit the point within a 100 metres, so it should count as a valid visit. Since the accuracy of the GPS was reading 15 metres, I might even have reached the exact location...
Coordinator's Note: We assume that the GPS error and position offset are uncorrelated, so the estimated total error becomes sqrt(15*15 + 12*12) = 19 m.