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4.0 km (2.5 miles) NNW of Knappstaðir, Skagafjarðarsýsla, Iceland
Approx. altitude: 174 m (570 ft)
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Antipode: 66°S 161°E

Accuracy: 8 m (26 ft)
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  66°N 19°W (visit #2) (secondary) 

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(visited by Henrik Sunden)

12-Jul-2003 -- Visited the confluence on a cycle tour on Iceland. Got by bus and regular service car to Saudárkrokur (Sheep-river-bend). Started cycling at 11:20 a.m. in headwind along the coast to Hofsós, had a meal there and continued in even stronger headwind north. Even as the road made an almost 90 degrees turn to the east, the headwind continued.

Had a pause at the gas station at Ketilás where I arrived 20 minutes after they closed the café there. Filled up the energy reserves with a few apples.

During the 20 minutes pause, the wind disappeared and then turned direction, so it came from the south instead. But the road to the confluence also turned towards the south at Ketilás, so I had still a 7 km headwind, uphill gravel road to go. I got to the confluence point at about 20:15.

The point is located 60 m east of the main road between Siglufjördur and Ólafsfjördur, and 15-20 m north of an access road to the abandoned farm house Hvammur. Many people come within 65 m of the confluence point every day. The exact point is under a telephone line to the house on a grass field that had not been harvested. The elevation is 111 m.

I continued to Knappsstadir. The farm was closed some 30 years ago, and the house was now inhabited by summer guests. I was invited to see Iceland´s oldest timber church, built in 1837. Very beautiful inside, rather simple from the outside. I continued in increasing headwind and later foggy weather towards Ólafsfjördur. The valley turned 150 degrees, but the headwind became even stronger! Before the pass it started to rain, and I took a pause in the rescue hut there. It is not very fun to go downhill when you are wet from sweat and rain, so I wanted dry weather to continue. The rain continued though, so I stayed in the hut all night, at 393 m elevation.

When in Seydisfjördur on the way home to Sweden I saw that the confluence was visited by Paul, Sirrý and Reynir on July 13th, so they must have met a wet cyclist on their way along Eyjafjördur, or did they pass when I sat relaxing in the café Axid in Dalvík? Congratulations to have the first published visit at 66Nx19W!


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#5: GPS
#6: Knappsstadir church
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