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Finland : Lapin lääni

5.6 km (3.5 miles) S of Kaamanen, Lapin lääni, Finland
Approx. altitude: 233 m (764 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 69°S 153°W

Accuracy: 20 m (65 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: view to the north #3: view to the west #4: view to the south #5: Descending down from E4-road #6: Korppivaara is the name of the hill. Beware - there are two Korppivaaras quite near each other! #7: gps #8: strange cage/trap #9: the confluence place were we hung the skull #10: the old road to Utsjoki

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  69°N 27°E (visit #1) (secondary) 

#1: view to the east, Vuontisjörvi lake

(visited by tomi knuutila and Darja Heikkilä)

17-Jun-2002 -- The first time I looked at the map I thought this confluence would lie next to my wife's uncle's summer cottage! My wife was working in Inari village at the time (her parents live there) and I was visiting her. So we decided to conquer the confluence together.

The surroundings of Inari are quite familiar to us, but this was a new, different way to study the neighbourhood.

It was a sunny night, we borrowed a vintage digicam (the image quality is quite bad) and a gps to find the spot. With the help of two maps of different scales (the confluence was on the edge on both of them!) we neared the point on the E4-road. We parked the car not that far from what we assumed was almost next to the place. (picture 5, starting.jpg) We descended down from the parkingplace next to Korppivaara (picture 6, korppivaara.jpg), a pine-filled hill and soon realized that yes, we'll have to get on top of it to get to the point. Although the walk was a little bit longer than we thought and the hill was quite steep we were having a good time in the near midnight sunlight and beautiful surroundings of Vuontisjärvi and Mutusjärvi (two nearby lakes).

The batteries of the gps were dying, but luckily the digicam had AA-batteries as well. We exchanged the batteries and noticed we had already walked over the confluence point a few seconds back. New readings affirmed us and gave us quite a good "Yes, here it is!" -feeling. (picture 7, gps)

(Unluckily the digicam refused to spit out the image of the overall view of the place. So I guess we have to go there again... There are views to east, north, west and south though) We ended up almost on top of the hill with a lovely view to the Vuontisjärvi lake on the east. There was a small construction which looked like a crossbreed of a trap and a birdcage in the area, so someone must have been there before us. (picture 8, trap.jpg) We found a pelvis of a young reindeer on the way up and we hung it on a tree we decided was in the middle of the confluence. (picture 9, darja.jpg)

Walking back, we noticed an old and nowadays abandoned part of the Inari-Utsjoki road. (picture 10, old_road_to_utsjoki.jpg) The road is still usable though and could be used to get quite near to the point. The confluence is easy to reach and the scenery is beautiful and the surrounding forest too. I recommend the place for future revisits!


 All pictures
#1: view to the east, Vuontisjörvi lake
#2: view to the north
#3: view to the west
#4: view to the south
#5: Descending down from E4-road
#6: Korppivaara is the name of the hill. Beware - there are two Korppivaaras quite near each other!
#7: gps
#8: strange cage/trap
#9: the confluence place were we hung the skull
#10: the old road to Utsjoki
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