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Finland : Lapin lääni

4.0 km (2.5 miles) SSW of Lehmikumpu, Lapin lääni, Finland
Approx. altitude: 70 m (229 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 66°S 155°W

Accuracy: 20 m (65 ft)
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#2: View N #3: View E #4: View S #5: View W #6: GPS Shot #7: The visitor

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  66°N 25°E (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: The Confluence

(visited by David Williams)

04-Aug-2007 -- There is a lot of harvesting activity close to the confluence point - perhaps the next visitor will find it 'out in the open'.

I took 11 GPS shots while I was in Finland/Norway - I think this is the best of the lot.

The tree cover was rather dense and I had problems getting an accurate fix - looking at the photos for visit 2 I think I was a few meters north. I am not at all sure about where exactly the photos for visit 1 were taken - the ground was rather boggy but I could not see a lake.

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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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#5: View W
#6: GPS Shot
#7: The visitor
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