the Degree Confluence Project

Norway : Hedmark

20.0 km (12.4 miles) S of Kongsvinger, Hedmark, Norway
Approx. altitude: 336 m (1102 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 60°S 168°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: GPS photo

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#1: Panoramic view of the confluence

(visited by Terje Mathisen)

07-Jul-2000 -- This confluence is located in the forests near the border between Norway and Sweden, just 12km from the nearest part of Sweden.

Getting there is relatively easy, I drove due east from Oslo, via Fetsund, Bjørkelangen and Setten, until I got close to the area. This territory is well known for its 'Border Guides', the local people who helped those who during WWII had to escape to Sweden to get away from Gestapo, and there is a statue by one of the small streams which the road passes.

A little later the road (Norwegian main road number 21) is about 8 km from the confluence, but I had located a small dirt road which according to the map would lead me quite a bit closer.

This road turned into a logging track, which was in good repair, but closed with a padlocked gate, so I had to leave the car about 2.5 km from my destination.

I could follow the logging track uphill for a while, it did not lead directly to the confluence, but at a point where it was just 750m away, I started bush-wacking.

Since I have been doing orienteering races for about 35 years, the birch bushes and somewhat soggy ground didn't bother me much, and I made the run from the car to the confluence in about 20 minutes.

Once I got there, about 18:15 (16:15 UTC), GPS conditions were really nice, with 11 good satellites tracked by my Garmin III+, which indicated EPE numbers around 3m or less.

In fact, after I had stepped 2m to the north and 1m east to get the GPS to show exactly N60.00000 E012.00000, it stayed like that for the next 5 minutes, which indicates a very stable positional solution.

I made a snapshot of the GPS (picture #2) and another (picture #1) showing a panoramic view of the fir, spruce and birch trees that cover most of these hills.

Since this is in southern Norway, the sun only sets for about 5.5 hours, but it is always so close to the horizon that it never gets totally dark. Even around midnight it would be possible to trek around in the forests, without needing a flashlight.

Further north the daylight lasts even longer, and once you get to the geographical midpoint of Norway, the midnight sun would allow confluence hunting 24 hours per day! :-)


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