the Degree Confluence Project


2.8 km (1.7 miles) E of Nordsjö, Uppsala, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 84 m (275 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 60°S 163°W

Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North from the confluence #3: Looking West #4: Looking South #5: Looking East #6: A sketch over the area. North is up

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  60°N 17°E (visit #2) (secondary) 

#1: The spot from NW

(visited by Esbjörn Eriksson)

23-Jun-2006 -- One day 13 years ago (16 Jul 1993, now it is 2006) I looked at a map I had given to my parents-in-law over the area at their summer house. It was a 1:50.000 scale "Lantmäteriets fältkarta" which is a very accurate map concerning anything that can be seen from above. I then realized that there was an interresting spot nearby, for me being mathematically fascinated and also a map freak. Later I learned to call this kind of spot a "degree confluence".

Since I am active in orienteering, I decided that a training run must include this spot and the next day I went. This was the 16th of July 1993 (plus or minus a day).

The area is quite flat, but a lot of dense moraine makes running troublesome. Either you are running on boulders and blocks, or you find yourself in bogs and marshes. There is no fast running around here.

Since the map was quite clear and a minor road was a few hundred meters away I nailed the spot in short time. I was curious to see if there was a federal sign or similar at the spot, but found none of course.

When I some years later became part of the DCP myself, through a visit to 61N 17E, I decided to revisit this confluence with a camera. I was in this also encouraged by the "area responsible" Terje M.

This visit was done on Midsummer's Eve 23-Jun-2006. It was about time, I thought, although I did not have more than a sort of web camera to use. Therefore the poor quality of the pictures (less than 1 megapixel). Also this time I went there running through the forest of mainly pine, spruce and birch trees - and all the boulders...

According to the map, the spot lies in a bog. When Thomas Nilsson visited the spot in 2001, his GPS indicated the position some 30-35 m further SE, beside the bog. Since I am map-bound, my position was in the bog, from where my photos are taken. I have drawn a sketch of the area for you to see, to explain where we have been. It would be nice to see what a modern GPS receiver would say.

The weather that day had been quite nice - Midsummer's celebrations with song and dance included - but once I had taken my pictures, a rain shower started to fell heavy on me and the vicinity, so a quick and very wet retreat got me back to the cabin. And I can confirm what Thomas N said, that it was not a simple task, to stay on your feet among all those slippery boulders.

 All pictures
#1: The spot from NW
#2: Looking North from the confluence
#3: Looking West
#4: Looking South
#5: Looking East
#6: A sketch over the area. North is up
ALL: All pictures on one page