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Struve Geodetic Arc

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Struve Geodetic Arc Hammerfest  Norway

Struve Geodetic Arc

Hammerfest is home to the northernmost of 34 commemorative points on the famous geographical survey chain, the Struve Geodetic Arc. The 2,820-kilometer (1,752-mile) chain of survey stations was established in the 19th century to help understand the size and shape of the earth.

While the site itself is a relatively ordinary obelisk, it represents a remarkable scientific collaboration between countries and a giant step forward in scientific understanding. Take this opportunity to tick off one of the more unusual UNESCO World Heritage Sites from your bucket list.