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Finland : Lapin lääni

12.4 km (7.7 miles) SSW of Vuotso, Lapin lääni, Finland
Approx. altitude: 304 m (997 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 68°S 153°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View N #3: View E #4: View S #5: View W #6: GPS Shot #7: Not in a SAAB 93 AERO!

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  68°N 27°E (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: The Confluence

(visited by David Williams)

03-Aug-2007 -- It was getting quite late and night was falling (as much as it does 68N in August) and 68N27E is about 4km from the highway but my GPS said that I could drive right up and park a 100 or so meters from the point. Up to this point all the unpaved roads it had sent me down were proper, maintained, 80kph, public highways - not this time (as you can see from picture 7) - so I will be having a little word with Navteq when I get the chance.

I had plenty of company on my hike over to the point - I was stalked by a group of curious reindeer - someone should tell them that wearing a great big bell round your neck tends to give the game away!

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I did not plan to do it – things just got out of hand!

Eleven successful visits in a row - one for each line of latitude between North Cape and Helsinki

I did plan to visit 71°N 26°E and I did the necessary online research but that was going to be all as I had a ferry to catch in Helsinki. Then the next day, driving south, I noticed that I was passing close to 70N25E, visited this and then thought "I wonder how many confluences I can attempt 'blind' before I get an 'incomplete'?"

I could not have done it without my Garmin Nuvi – which seemed to have every dirt road and logging track in Finland within its database. In all I visited:

71N 26E 02AUG07
70N 25E 03AUG07
69N 27E 03AUG07
68N 27E 03AUG07
67N 26E 04AUG07
66N 25E 04AUG07
65N 26E 04AUG07
64N 24E 04AUG07
63N 23E 05AUG07
62N 23E 05AUG07
61N 25E 05AUG07

Unfortunately the Finnish 60N confluence family lies pretty much all at sea – and not having Captain Peter on call put an end to my unbroken sequence.

David


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#1: The Confluence
#2: View N
#3: View E
#4: View S
#5: View W
#6: GPS Shot
#7: Not in a SAAB 93 AERO!
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