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