the Degree Confluence Project

Finland : Lapin lääni

21.0 km (13.0 miles) NW of Nellimö, Lapin lääni, Finland
Approx. altitude: 118 m (387 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 69°S 152°W

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: GPS position #3: Depth from Hummingbird display #4: Navigating to the place #5: Calm waters near the position

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  69°N 28°E (visit #1)  

#1: Lake Inari at N69 E28

(visited by No Name)

27-Jun-2002 -- This was my first confluence. I just bought the GPS as I found a new hobby with geocaching. Anyway it turned out that this confluence project got my first attention, as these points are possible to conqure only once. Caches can wait :o)

My first plan was N69E28 but as it is so close to the E75 road (not E4 as it is told in the description there) and it is easy to reach, someone got there a week before I was there. Anyway that was only a secondary confluence , so I decided to go for a primary , and to a place that is not so easy to go to. We have a summer place in Väylä that is about 25 kilometers from this confluence in west shore of Lake Inari. Lake Inari is one of the biggest lakes in Finland with maximum depth almost 100m.

I visited the place with my father Erkki Hooli and by his boat. He installed his new depth sonar to the boat so we both had something new to explore on the way to the confluence. He was checking the depth and fish alerts as I was making notes about the speed of the boat and other information provided by my GPS.

Weather was good as you can see from the pictures, temperature just reaching close to +20C (not in the middle of the lake). There was a little bit of wind so taking a picture of the GPS just when we are on the confluence was tricky. But still we were lucky that it was so calm weather. As many times during summer the middle of the lake was totally still (pic#5) in one place (no wind) but when you approach the lakeside the wind gets very strong as the warm weather pulls the airflow from cold lake towards the warm land.

Maybe I should return in winter with snowmobile to get all the zeros... The depth is 48.9 meters in the place. The maximum we saw was about 70meters. Water level in the lake was about 1 meter lower than usually that was possibly because of very dry beginning of summer or then the power plant in russian side was allowing more water flow than normally. (yes the lake is acting also as a reservoir for hydropower plant).

The view from the confluence is quite similar to every direction (pic#1). This one is to the north.

 All pictures
#1: Lake Inari at N69 E28
#2: GPS position
#3: Depth from Hummingbird display
#4: Navigating to the place
#5: Calm waters near the position
ALL: All pictures on one page
In the large lake Inarijärvi, about 1.45 km from a small island and about 2.6 km from land.