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Norway : Østfold

3.5 km (2.2 miles) SW of Skjærhollen, Østfold, Norway
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 59°S 169°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View south-east, the cairns are on Skoggrunnen and Herføl #3: Lauer is north-east of the point #4: Kirkøy with the Storsand beach is the main Hvaler island #5: View south-west, towards Tisler #6: View NNW towards Viker harbour where we started. #7: Map with track log #8: Map detail showing track over the point #9: Terje looking towards the point

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  59°N 11°E (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: View east, towards Fløysholmen

(visited by Terje Mathisen and Halvor Norløff)

21-Jul-2004 -- Two days after our visit to 59°N 12°E my father-in-law Halvor wanted to try out a new sail (a gennaker) because the winds were light enough to allow it's use.

However, soon after leaving our summer harbour at Viker, on the southernmost tip of Asmaløy, the wind dropped to almost nothing, so I suggested we could try a repeat visit to 59°N 11°E. When we first sailed to this point four years ago, it was the first ever confluence in the sea, and we were happy to get within 11 m on the first attempt. Today, in flat calm seas, we would do better!

So, naturally, the wind picked up again, just as we were getting into the target area. :-(

We made a total of four very slow trips over the point, hitting it with the boat each time, and on the last attempt we also managed to get all zeroes on the GPS. The map detail image shows our east<->west tracks.

On the way back the wind was very nice, but problems with the sail (it had been pulled down in a very strong wind the last time) meant that we had to go back to the boat in the evening and fix the tangles.

The Viker harbour has no shops or other facilities but visiting boats can stay overnight for free, so it might be a good stopping place for other visitors to this point.


 All pictures
#1: View east, towards Fløysholmen
#2: View south-east, the cairns are on Skoggrunnen and Herføl
#3: Lauer is north-east of the point
#4: Kirkøy with the Storsand beach is the main Hvaler island
#5: View south-west, towards Tisler
#6: View NNW towards Viker harbour where we started.
#7: Map with track log
#8: Map detail showing track over the point
#9: Terje looking towards the point
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the Skagerrak, about 360 m from the nearest land.