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Norway : Hordaland

24.5 km (15.2 miles) S of Høyanger (Sogn og Fjordane), Hordaland, Norway
Approx. altitude: 1118 m (3667 ft)
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Antipode: 61°S 174°W

Accuracy: 4.5 km (2.8 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View from the end of the road, 4,5 km from the point #3: Hellandsfoss is a small power plant along the river #4: Spawning salmon can pass this dam using a fish ladder #5: Several avalanches had passed close to or over the road this spring! #6: Here, at 750 m above sea level, snow blocked the road

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  61°N 6°E (visit #2) (incomplete) 

#1: Nearly dry river below the main hydro-electric power dam

(visited by Terje Mathisen)

15-Jun-2005 -- Too much snow!

After the successful first visit to 61°N 5°E I decided to drive E39 back towards Bergen, while using my cell phone to book a hotel room. However, when it became clear that all hotels in the Bergen area were full, I had to stay overnight in Voss instead.

Voss is about 90 km NE from Bergen, which meant that I would pass relatively close to this confluence! This first visitor noted that he could follow the mountain roads that were put in for the huge hydro-electric power projects in the area: These roads lead all the way up to nearly 1000 m above sea level, and ends less than 5 km from the point.

Since I'm in relatively good physical condition, I thought I could manage the approximately 10 km roundtrip in 60-90 minutes, but as I drove up the switchbacks towards the end of the road, I realized that the special conditions this year, with spring snow melt being more than 3 weeks delayed, could cause problems.

A little later I found that the road was closed by snow at a point where I was at just 750 m altitude, and still a ways from the end. At this point everything above me was covered by deep, wet spring (corn) snow, which would be impossible to cross on foot: Only wide skis and backcountry poles with big baskets could have worked here. Trying to walk to the point was obviously out of the question, so I had to turn back.


 All pictures
#1: Nearly dry river below the main hydro-electric power dam
#2: View from the end of the road, 4,5 km from the point
#3: Hellandsfoss is a small power plant along the river
#4: Spawning salmon can pass this dam using a fish ladder
#5: Several avalanches had passed close to or over the road this spring!
#6: Here, at 750 m above sea level, snow blocked the road
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