Furthest North, South, East, and West

Sara and I were bored the other day so we looked on the map to see the furthest points north, south, east, and west we had been on our RTW adventure. Here is what we found:

Map of our furthest travels

North: Helsinki, Finland (60.2° N)
South: El Calafate, Argentina (50.3° S)
East: Pyongyang, NK (125.7° E)
West: Seattle, US (122.3° W)

For non-geography nerds that may need a refresher, 90° is the furthest you can go north and south (the North and South Poles), and 180° is the furthest you can go east and west. 0°-0° is located off the coast of west Africa. Wikipedia has a good list of all these extreme places in the world.

Of course, this is all relative to where your center is, but we used the traditional equator/prime meridian intersection. We currently don’t have any plans to go further in any direction on this trip, but hopefully our long-term list will end up like:

North: Reykjavik, Iceland (64.1° N)
South: Antarctic Peninsula (69.5° S)
East: Fiji (179.3° E)
West: Alaska, USA (150° W)

What about you? What does your furthest list look like?

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3 Responses to Furthest North, South, East, and West

  1. Phil Mielke says:

    I love a post like this. :)

    So far, I’m here…
    North: Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada (69.3° N)
    South: Buenos Aires, Argentina (34.4° S)
    East: Chiba, Japan (140.6° E)
    West: Lahaina, Hawaii, United States (156.4° W)

    I’m headed to New Zealand at the end of this month, so that should expand my South and East. :)

  2. Kyle says:

    That’s awesome. What’s in Tuktoyaktuk?

  3. Phil Mielke says:

    There was absolutely nothing in Tuk! I drove on the frozen Arctic Ocean to get there, and was stopped for speeding by a mountie. Then I got to Tuk, had a sandwich, and turned around. :)