DEGREE MEASUREMENT EXPEDITION:
The measuring instruments
The measurement sites
De Maupertuis had had reached the Nivavaara fell before the party from
the Kaakamavaara fell. A shortcut was found that made the fell top easily
accessible. As it was Sunday, local people came to the Nivavaara fell,
to watch the peculiar party. On the fell the expedition party also saw
two Lapp girls herding reindeer. From the Nivavaara top the belfry of
the Tornio Church and Kaakamavaara, Horilankero, Aavasaksa and Huitaperi
fells could all be seen.
Nivavaara - 7th July 1736:
That in which I was upon Nieva being exactly shut, I could scarcely
support the heat it occasioned.
On Monday, the ninth, I caused the soldiers to bring firs, which they
hewed on the side of the mountain: I inclined them against a rock, which
was perpendicular, and about nine or ten feet high,
At the bottom of which was a large rock, very even and horizontal, which
served me for floor and bed in the chamber which I made with these trees.
(Outhier, Journal of a voyage to the north 1736-1737, p. 278)