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Nansen, Iowa

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Nansen.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Nansen, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Nansen and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Nansen and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Nansen. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Nansen.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Chickasaw County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Chickasaw County sighting report from eBird.

Since Nansen is near Winneshiek County and also Howard County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Winneshiek County

Sighting report for Howard County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Nansen.

How Far From Nansen to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Nansen to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Nansen and extending to:

  • New Hampton [Map], which is the Seat of Chickasaw County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 126 miles [202.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Nansen to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 842 miles [1,355.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,284 miles [10,113.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,034 miles [11,320.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,931 miles [7,935.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Nansen ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Nansen.

While the name Nansen is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Goodhue County

Our profile page for Nansen, Goodhue County   [Map]

Distance: About 92 miles [148.1 km] to the North Northwest.


Elk County

Our profile page for Nansen, Elk County   [Map]

Distance: About 689 miles [1,108.8 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Nansen ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Alpha   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast of Nansen   [Map]

Chickasaw   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Fredericksburg   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Frederika   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Little Turkey   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Maple Leaf   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Republic   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Spillville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Chickasaw County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nansen. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Chickasaw County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Nansen) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nansen. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1119, Longitude: -92.2377     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nansen have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Nansen to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.563 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.073 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.576 degrees.

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