Arctic Circle

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The Arctic Circle Center on Saltfjellet, altitude 650 meters. Souvenirs, café, exhibitions. Closest to the camera a few of the 'cairns' built by visitors. It's early in the tourist season and roads and parkings are far from crowded.
(2008-06-03)

Arctic Circle

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As you saw, some tourists build small anonymous 'cairns'. Some of them leave their names, especially on the big cairn (not shown), usually written with a drawing pen, but I saw a name beautifully chiselled on a small polished stone. An even more elaborated sample was mounted rather indiscreetly on the (yet shabby) lawn in front of the entrance. The flagpole with the Dutch flag is about 40 cm above the base. Written on the base are the date '23 mei 2008', four unmistakably Dutch names and 'Netherlands'. Thus it has been here for 11 days; it might be removed any day. Het gaat jullie goed!
(2008-06-03)

Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle wasn't here in 1990 and it hasn't been for a long time, and just now it's more than a kilometer north of the site. You see, it's moving. First, there is a 41 thousand years periodicity where the distance moved is a couple of hundred kilometers! Right now it's moving northwards at an average pace of 15 meters per year. Additionally we have this nutation with a period of 18.7 years and an amplitude of nearly 300 meters. There are also fluctuations with shorter periods. Anyway, they decided to build on a suitable site and not to put everything here on wheels and rails.

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