31-Oct-2001 -- The 31th of october I decided to visit the confluence
66°N 20°E, approximatly 120 kilometers by car from BODEN
where I live.
I drove along road 356 to ÄLVSBYN where I
turned into road 374 leading to JOKKMOKK. 40 kilometers
northwest of ÄLVSBYN, the road passes STORFORSEN. This is one of
the longest and wildest rapids in northern europe.
It is most spectacular in june when all the melted snow from
the mountains come roaring down on it´s way to the sea.
This time of the year there isn´t that much water, but it´s
still a great view. I stayed for a cup of coffee and took
some pictures. After this short break I carried on northwest
along road 374. On the map I had found a little forest road
which seemed to take me close to the confluence.
of road isn't a public road, so there is no snowclearence
if the forest company don´t use it. When I turned in to the
road, it was covered by 15 centimeters of snow. Still
there was no problems to drive beacause of the wintertyres
that we always use in winter in this part of Sweden.
I passed a crossroad where there was a roadsign pointing in
the direction of ÄLVSBORG. I was on the right way!
After approximatly 20 kilometers driving along the forest
road, the GPS alerted me that I was approaching the
confluence. I only had to walk less then 100 meters to find
The sky was overcast with a light fall of snow.
Temperature was -4° Celsius. I took some pictures, had
another cup of coffee and enjoyed the silence at the place.
Then it was time to go home beacause this time of the year and
at this latitude, it gets dark at 16:00. This was the first
confluence that I have visit, but I´m sure that there
will be more "confluence hunting" for me!