The inital clearing of the Trollstigen mountain pass started May 3rd, 2017. The secret to finding the road under all that snow, is millimetre precise GPS control. The road will not open for public traffic until end of May.
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I’ve been there in “mystic” drizzle weather at 10 Celsius in the summer and also with clear blue sky and almost 30 Celsius.
Both were lovely.
The more pictures of Norway you post the more eager I get to visit your country.
Uwe Raabe definitely recommended.
A few tips:
1. if you drink alcohol, bring your own. Beer is ~EUR 10/glass.
2. take your time. Norway is huge, max speed usually 90 km/hour.
3. Driving around fjords is great, but takes considerable time. Alternatives are ferries or tunnels that cost money but are worth it.
4. Fjords are like the alps, but embedded in the atlantic ocean. So the valleys are under water and deep.
5. Far north the cities and villages are just as beautiful as anywhere else in the country.
6. North Cape is overrated. It’s in fact much nicer viewing from the ocean than going there by road.
E6 south of Oslo, E18 Oslo-Larvik have 110 km/h limits. As for bringing your own alchohol – that can be risky business as the import limits are fairly strictly enforced.
If travelling by car, there is a “shortcut” ferry from Hirtshals DK, which go to Stavanger and Bergen, and it also visits Langesund, 3km from where I live.
fjordline.com – Hirtshals-Stavanger-Bergen
From Bergen, you can also take a full coastal travel with Hurtigruten https://www.hurtigruten.com/destinations/norway/
But – yeah, Norway is expensive. A strong Euro helps you a bit, though.
There is no such thing millimeter precise GPS control. They must have additional sensors to even get to sub decimeter precision.
Thomas Mueller That was the wording made by the official spokesman, but he is most likely exaggerating.
Original article in Norwegian here:
But – then there is this: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7349142
You can do a lot with mathematics.
ieeexplore.ieee.org – Computationally Efficient Carrier Integer Ambiguity Resolution in Multiepoch GPS/INS: A Common-Position-Shift Approach – IEEE Xplore Document
Lars Fosdal That’s about 200 km of the 3000 km that Norway is tall (;
I didn’t mean unlimited alcohol. Just look at toll.no – Alcohol and tobacco quotas – Norwegian Customs on what you can bring.
Two more tips:
1. be aware of where the petrol stations are. You don’t want to end with an empty tank and 10s of km to the nearest one (;
2. May 17th is the National holiday. It’s awesome to see and take part in the festivities.
I’ve taken both the ferry Stavanger-Hirtshals and Kiel-Oslo. Didn’t to the bridge via Sweden yet. It totally depends on how much you want to drive.
Believe me: Neither alcohol nor tobacco will be a problem for me when visiting Norway – be it quantity or price.
Lars Fosdal thats a combined GNSS/INS approach in the IEEE article. I guess they are using the CPOS service from Kartverket, nationwide GNSS network RTK service. Given “driving” speed the accuracy is probably at sub decimeter level. We use this service at daily land-surveying tasks and with repeated observations with timeshifts (typically 2×15 minutes for 3 repeated observations) we have adjusted least squares results at 1-3 cm.
Enough surveyors geeking – impressive videos (every spring):)
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