the Degree Confluence Project

Norway : Nordland

2.9 km (1.8 miles) SE of Laingen, Nordland, Norway
Approx. altitude: 590 m (1935 ft)
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Antipode: 66°S 167°W

Accuracy: 7 m (22 ft)
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#2:  View north #3: View east #4: View south #5: View west #6: GPS #7: Vefsnfjorden from a point 78 m north of confluence point

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  66°N 13°E (secondary) 

#1: Confluence point as seen from 28 m north of it

(visited by Henrik Sunden)

17-Aug-2003 -- After visiting 66Nx14E near Okstindane I continued towards 66Nx13E. I stayed overnight in a tent on a deserted part of the road near Lindset on road no 810 between Mosjöen and Sandnessjöen. Early in the morning I drove north along Vefsnfjorden. The mountains were rather steep and partially barren, and looked impressive. The 66Nx13E confluence is at about 600 m elevation 2.8 km east of the nearest point on the road, but the steep mountainside seemed to be too tough a challenge to climb, especially as the weather at elevation seemed to be a little wet.

My collection of Norwegian topo maps covered the area south of the confluence and up to it, but not north of it, so I did not know if it would be easier to climb the mountain from the north. The only thing to do was to drive there and look. I arrived at Otting, took a gravel road to the east and drove a few km. There I found a sign telling about a footpath to Litltoven and other places uphill. I cooked myself some blueberry soup and started walking at 8.30 a.m. The starting elevation was 64 m and the distance to the confluence point 2.63 km as the crow flies. The path started as a tractor road for about one km, then there was a small collection of signs on a hilltop. I followed an undistinct path towards the towering mountain in the south. There were two possible ways up, to the left and to the right, in ravines. I decided to go to the left. It seemed to be a little less rocky, and a little less steep. After another half km in birch forest and on bogs, I saw that there was an erect rock at the uppermost part of the gully to the left. It stood out prominently against the cloudy sky. I ascended to the left of the gully, found a series of small cairns, and occasionally small sections of a footpath. I reached the erect rock at 405 m elevation, and continued in less steep and almost barren rock towards the confluence point. I found it at 585 m elevation, 20 m south of a little pond. A ptarmigan flew up from a point about 50 m to the east of the confluence point.

The overview picture is taken from a point 28 m due north of the confluence point. The confluence point is located immediately to the right of a half meter size boulder that is lying directly on the barren rock a little to the left of the centre of the image.

I took the four pictures of the landscape and one of the GPS, went 78 m north east and took a picture of Vefsnfjorden and the new bridge (opened the week before) to Alsten island. A rain shower came and made the rocks more slippery. I descended the same way I came up and was back at the car at 12.35.

I got home to Boliden at 22.40 and felt I had got some good training for my shoulders and feet in preparation for a tour in the Jämtland mountains in middle September.

 All pictures
#1: Confluence point as seen from 28 m north of it
#2: View north
#3: View east
#4: View south
#5: View west
#6: GPS
#7: Vefsnfjorden from a point 78 m north of confluence point
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