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Norway : Vestfold

2.0 km (1.2 miles) W of Stavern, Vestfold, Norway
Approx. altitude: 71 m (232 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 59°S 170°W

Accuracy: 75 m (246 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The Rakke orienteering map covers the area #3: Old oak tree at Haugane farm #4: Narrow paths leading to the clifftop #5: The expedition members

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  59°N 10°E (visit #1)  

#1: 180-degree panoramic view from Haugane

(visited by Hans Mathisen, Sara Thörnblad Mathisen, Magne Wiig Mathisen, Tone Norløff, Fredrik Norløff-Mathisen, Cathinka Norløff-Mathisen and Terje Mathisen)

30-Jan-2000 -- 59N 10E is about 150 km SW of Oslo, Norway. It is located on Brunlanes (literally: The Brunla Peninsula), and except for this peninsula jutting out into Skagerak, it would have been located in the sea, and therefore invalid.

The confluence itself is located on the old sea bottom (10,000 years ago Norway was covered with glaciers, since that time the country has lifted itself up 100's of meters), which is currently covered with very dense forestation.

Almost exactly 100m north of the actual point, the Haugeneåsen (Haugene Hill, named after the Haugene farm on the north side of it), rise about 70m above the rest of the landscape, offering a beautiful, 180+ degree, panoramic view (photo #1) of the peninsula and the ocean surrounding it. (The picture is the result of merging 12 individual images).

To find the actual spot, we did not use a GPS on the location. Instead, the GPS was used to convert WGS-84 coordinates to UTM, which is noted on an extremely detailed orieenteering map (photo #2 is a small part) of the area. Using this map, it was possible to locate a 2m high boulder (which is marked on the map!) within 5m of the confluence point.

This is probably better accuracy than what would have been possible even with a DGPS receiver inside the dense forest.

The red lines and rings on the map show control points 5 to 8 of an orienteering course, the panoramic view is from the small pencilled-in ring SE of control 8, and the little pencil cross south of the ring marks the confluence point itself.

How to get there: We drove from the neigboring city of Porsgrunn, and parked nearby the Brunla junction, shown near the top of the map.

From there we walked past the Haugene farm, with has an impressive old oak (photo #3), and followed the paths (photo #4) southwards to the top of the hill. On the hilltop itself, we had to pass a couple of ravines to get the the southfacing edge of the cliff, but the trip was well worth it, since this location gave a beautiful panoramic view of the confluence point itself, all of the peninsula, with the old fortress town of Stavern to the east, and Skagerak (the part of the North Sea leading in to the Oslo Fjord) which surrounds everything.

The expedition members (photo #5) were: Hans Mathisen, Sara Thörnblad Mathisen, Magne Wiig Mathisen, Tone Norløff, Fredrik Norløff Mathisen, Cathinka Norløff Mathisen and Terje Mathisen.


 All pictures
#1: 180-degree panoramic view from Haugane
#2: The Rakke orienteering map covers the area
#3: Old oak tree at Haugane farm
#4: Narrow paths leading to the clifftop
#5: The expedition members
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)