Struve Geodetic Arc

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The northernmost station of the Struve Geodetic Arc is located in Fuglenes, Norway.

Struve Geodetic Arc is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.


The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped establish the exact size and shape of our planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, an iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks.

Many of the inscribed sites are small posts in fields and may not reward a visit. However the focal point of the arc is the Dorpat Observatory in Tartu, Estonia

Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are members of the Schengen Area while Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine are not and therefore visas are requred to enter these countries. The Russian part of the Struve Arc on the island of Gogland is not accessible for tourists, so one has to skip this part and travel from Finland straight to Estonia (or vice versa).


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The points of the arc run over 2,820 km. from above the Arctic Circle to the Black Sea, making it the longest inscription on the World Heritage List. Due to the vast distances there are very many ways to get to see it.




  •   "Pajtas-vaara": Tynnyrilaki, Kiruna, Norrbottens län
  •   "Kerrojupukka": Jupukka, Pajala, Norrbottens län
  •   "Pullinki": Pullinki, Övertorneå, Norrbottens län
  •   "Perra-vaara": Perävaara, Haparanda, Norrbottens län



Since Russian authorities declared Gogland Island a "border area", it is not allowed for foreign nationals to travel to the island without special permits. This limits tourism from abroad to small groups admitted one at a time. There are two Struve Geodetic Arc points on Gogland: "Mäki-päälys" and   "Hogland, Z".


  •   "Woibifer": Võivere, Avanduse, Lääne-Viru
  •   "Katko": Simuna, Avanduse, Lääne-Viru
  •   "Dorpat": Tartu Observatory, Tartu


  •   "Jacobstadt": Jekabpils, Region Jekabpils


  •   "Meschkanzi": Meškonys, Nemencine, Eastern Lithuania
  •   "Beresnäki": Paliepiukai, Nemežis, Eastern Lithuania


  •   "Tupischki": Tupishki, Oshmyany, Grodno Oblast
  •   "Lopati": Lopaty, Zelva, Grodno Oblast



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