As part of our new project's kick-off event, four researchers from Nokia Research Center visited this confluence point on 11th of January 2007. We wanted to include some not-so-serious aspect to our day and since the project revolves around outdoor navigation and related services, a confluence point seemed like a meaningful place to start. This particular point was chosen because of its reasonable driving distance from our office and easy access. We had the honor of being the third official visitors to the point!
Trip to the confluence went smoothly in every aspect. We started from Tampere and after roughly 80 kilometers of driving we arrived to a turnaround at the end of a small forest road. Our GPS showed that the confluence point was no more than 300 meters away, so we started walking towards it through the forest. Less than ten minutes later we were standing at the spot.
The wooden stick set by the first visitors back in 2001 was still standing but the cardboard flag stating the latitude and longitude of the point had vanished, just like the previous visitors reported a year before us. The ceremony at the confluence point was very plain: After taking the necessary photos we complimented each others on the achievement and headed back to the car.
The rest of our 2-day project kick-off was spent at a nice cottage where we (surprisingly?) even got some work-related brainstorming done before relaxing in traditional Finnish ways: sauna, ice swimming and chatting by the fire place.