the Degree Confluence Project

Norway : Nordland

34.9 km (21.7 miles) SW of Bodø, Nordland, Norway
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 67°S 166°W

Accuracy: 20 m (65 ft)
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#2: view to East #3: view to North #4: view to west #5: telephoto from the other side of Sørfjorden to N67/E14 #6: GPS screen with small oscillations of the position

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  67°N 14°E (visit #2)  

#1: view to South

(visited by Peter Scharfenberg)

08-Aug-2004 -- Although this confluence point is described as to be on water, the 1:50000 maps "Gildeskål" (1929 II) as well as "Glomfjord" (1928 I) give no clear evidence that this is really true. According to these maps it could also be on the shore or, varying with the tides, on "land".

Clearly, the point could be approached by boat as well as by other technical means (e. g. helicopter), but this was not the intention of our hiking activities. Coming from Bodø, we followed the road to that point of the settlement nearest to N67/E14, called "Valle". As part of the last 10 km the road passes through a tunnel. It was amazing to find a crossing street in this tunnel, announced there by a traffic sign. We've never seen such a case previously, but it reminded us of a similar traffic sign placed in a river on Iceland, where we had to drive only half the way through but then further within this river for several hundred meters.

In Valle we were loking for the ca. 300 m footpath to the next house near Valneset. Here we discovered another path along an old stone fence. Later this path followed more or less the coastline through a dense forest but ended in nowhere. For the rest of the way we had still to find our own path through dense and, unfortunately, wet vegetation from the last rain. The GPS equipment was not helpful due to the shielding of the satellite signals by the nearby rising ground (although altitude only 120 m) and wood/forest. Thus we had to reach the shore to get sufficient GPS-reception. The last 300 m we followed the coastline to reach N67/E14, one hour after starting at Valle.

As we had choosen the time of low tide, the rubber boots allowed us to approach the confluence point between stones within a few cm of water. The reception of the GPS signals was still not the best, thus the position oscillated on the screen (see pictures), but the point was clearly met within 5 m, as the screen showed by 500 m-resolution of the area. (The pre-defined waypoint was reached.)

A view of the general area of N67/E14 was made by telephoto from the other side of the Sorfjorden, near "Dal" on the road No. 838, i. e. from east to west.

Now back at home we read that in the meantime Henrik Sunden visited the confluence point, prior to us, by canoe. Our photos shot into the east and south direction indicate, however, that the point may be constantly visited by anglers, despite the small whales we could observe. Although these whales touched the 100 m -zone of N67/E14, the water there was too flat for them.

 All pictures
#1: view to South
#2: view to East
#3: view to North
#4: view to west
#5: telephoto from the other side of Sørfjorden to N67/E14
#6: GPS screen with small oscillations of the position
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In the waters of the Sørfjorden, just a couple of metres from the shore.