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0.9 km (0.6 miles) E of Inninge, Uppsala, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 48 m (157 ft)
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Antipode: 60°S 162°W

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#2: Close-up of the wood, in direction towards the confluence. #3: Another view of the wood, in direction towards the confluence. #4: The border between the clear-felled area and the wood, in direction W. #5: The view in direction N.

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  60°N 18°E (visit #1)  

#1: The confluence is situated 75 m into the wood, behind the fur-tree

(visited by Anders Ljungstrom)

25-Dec-2000 -- Christmas Eve is the day when we celebrate Christmas in Sweden. Therefore Christmas Day was a very good day to rest from the celebrations and make an attempt to visit the confluence. The first snow had just fallen, and temperature was about six centigrades below freezing. Also, for the first time in quite a long time, we could see the sun in Stockholm.

I could go by car to a point about 1,5 km from the confluence. From there, I used my GPS to direct me towards the right spot. After a short walk on a private road, I went into the wood. There was a new, thin layer of snow that made it fairly difficult to walk, since you couldn't see small pots and stones and other obstacles on the ground.

With about 500 m to go, I reached a recently clear-felled area, which made walking still more difficult. However, it was not as dark there as in the wood, and the GPS reception became much better.

Unfortunaltey, the clear-cut area didn't reach all the way to the confluence. The reason is that just before the confluence -- and possibly around it -- there is a small swamp that makes it impossible to use the cutting machines.

Since it has been raining almost all the autumn, there was quite a lot of water in the swamp. To make it even more difficult to approach the exact spot, the snow made it impossible to see how deep the water was, and if there were any tussocks or other spots of solid ground to step on. Since the weather had been so mild, the ice was not thick enough to carry the weight of a man.

So I reached a point about 70 m from the exact spot, at the edge of the wood. On the other hand, there was proboaby not too much to see and photograph there, except for trees. Also, there was probably no GPS coverage there, because of the very dense and wet wood.

In picture 1, the confluence is situated behind the single fur-tree, about 70 m into the wood. The direction is SSE. Pictures 2 and 3 show how dense the wood is. Between the trees, there is still-standing water that has been collected from the surrounding hillsides. Pictures 4 and 5 show the clear-cut area, in directions west and north. The remaining pine-trees are probally left to generate seeds for the re-growth of the forest.

Picture 6 shows the GPS display. Unfortunaltey not exactly on the spot, but very close.

This kind of nature is very common in Sweden. Most of the country is covered with forests, mainly with spruces. By legislation, the land-owners have to fell a certain amount of the forest regularly, so these clear-felled areas are quite common.


 All pictures
#1: The confluence is situated 75 m into the wood, behind the fur-tree
#2: Close-up of the wood, in direction towards the confluence.
#3: Another view of the wood, in direction towards the confluence.
#4: The border between the clear-felled area and the wood, in direction W.
#5: The view in direction N.
#6: Almost on the spot!
#7: About 1 km from the spot
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