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3.9 km (2.4 miles) W of Govik, Östergötland, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 112 m (367 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 58°S 164°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The GPS showing our position #3: An old forest road up the hill #4: My brother Magnus on the spot #5: Me (Mikael) on the spot #6: A closer look at the close by lake

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  58°N 16°E (visit #1)  

#1: The road that got us here can be seen through the trees

(visited by Mikael Lundgren and Magnus Lundgren)

29-Apr-2001 -- My brother and I were in the area for a very special occasion: Our grandmothers 90th birthday. I had noticed a few months earlier that there is confluence close to the place where the celebrations were to be held. I live in Uppsala about four hours by car north of this place, while my brother lives in Bruxelles in Belgium. In order to make this expedition a success we enlisted the support of two more people: my father who loaned us his GPS device and my uncle who provided us with the necessary local maps.

On the morning after the celebrations my brother and I set out for the short trip from Gamleby to the confluence, a trip of about 25 kilometers or so. Despite the sunny weather it was a cool morning due to a cold wind that was blowing, we sure are waiting for spring to take a firm hold of Sweden.

While preparing for the trip we noticed that the confluence was very close to a small lake just by the side of a small road! We were lucky because neither of us had brought clothes for a longer walk in the forest... We were both unfamiliar with the GPS device and experienced a problem initially until we realized that the device was set to the "Swedish Grid" setting, once that small detail was cleared we were ready to start our quest.

Quest? Well, basically we just had to stop the car and get a few meters into the forest and the confluence was right there waiting for us. In order to find the "right" spot we had to walk around for some time before we could get the GPS to settle down and the result can be seen in the pictures. What you can see is a rather ordinary swedish forest. Close to the spot there is an old forest road used by heavy machinery for harvesting trees years back. The lake close by can be seen through the trees. Unfortunately we were not able to catch any moose or deer close to the confluence so we were left to taking pictures of ourselves.


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#1: The road that got us here can be seen through the trees
#2: The GPS showing our position
#3: An old forest road up the hill
#4: My brother Magnus on the spot
#5: Me (Mikael) on the spot
#6: A closer look at the close by lake
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