In a Facebook campaign that gaining momentum, a group of very generous Norwegians are pledging their support to giving neighboring Finland the tip of a mountain that lies just within the Norway’s border. By moving the border a few hundred feet, Finland would have new highest point in the country adding an extra 134 feet of elevation to the current highest point of 4,344 feet for a grand total of 4,478 feet.
They originator of the plan, a geodesist and engineer for the country’s mapping authority named Bjørn Geirr Harsson, came up with the idea of gifting the tip of Mount Halti 40 years ago but as we all know timing is everything. With Finland celebrating their 100th anniversary of independence on December 6, 2017, Bjørn Geirr Harsson thought the time was right to begin campaigning for the symbolic gift. So far the Facebook campaign has over 10,000 supporters and the numbers are growing. We will keep our eyes on this as details develop.
Mount Halti Facts:
Halti is the highest fell in Finland, at 1,324 m above sea level, and thus the highest point in the country. The Halti fell is located in the municipality of Enontekiö in the province of Lapland at the border between Finland and Norway.