Climate and weather

Because of the sea the climate is softer than one may expect given the latitude (67°09′). Winter, however, is long, from the beginning of November till well into April.

It is often wet and humid, and weather may change quickly. That’s the key to preparing for trips here: WEATHER CHANGES SUDDENLY AND IN A WIDE RANGE.

The climate is just perfect for mosquitoes, gnats, and horse flies. Don’t underestimate this issue when planning hiking or rafting. In June 2012 I experienced a mosquito attack that made run to safety. And then the locals laughed me off saying I haven’t seen nothing yet, and related their stories how they got blinded by insects while negotiating their way around rocks in river rapids.

I recall an old book that quoted a local reindeer herder saying that lack of insects is a key feature of heaven.

Beginning of Spring in the White Sea

It’s just a few pictures of our walks around Kandalaksha during March.

more >>

Spring is here: Two kids off to the sea on an ice floe

Spring’s traditional misadventure in the form of an unsceduled trip to the White Sea distances has apparently taken place today, with two kids taking off on an ice floe. Apparently it all ended well but I have no details.

Happens around this time of the year to quite a number of fishermen..

 

Clouds over the White Sea Kandalaksha Bay islands

white-sea-clouds

A view from the highest point of the road from Kandalaksha to Umba and Varzuga. Beginning of the cold spell three days ago, with the see quickly freezing and giving off lots of vapour in the process.

Aurora borealis expected in the next few days

A rumour is going around that, should the sky be clear, we stand a good chance of seeing northern lights around Kandalaksha from now till Jan. 6 2017. 

Warning: we are into a cold spell now, with temperatures around minus 20C.

Good news: the car is back in circulation after a major repair job. No blizzard inside the cabin, and it is much quieter now than it was before, making conversation while driving easy. Also it is kept heated when parked, so no problem starting despite the cold. I and the car are available for hire at discount off-season rates!

Polar night over in Kandalaksha

Yesterday I was dragged out to Luvenga by my mate Alexandra, who totally disregarded my profound desire to spend Jan. 1 in coach-glued lethargy, and was forced to observe the first true sunrise of the year.

sunrise-1 more >>

First snow in Kandalaksha

Today, October 26 2016, we had this fall’s first snow. Much later than in past years. On this excuse I was dragged out to the Monastery Cape and told to stop whining about local wet and cold climate, or else sit in the warm car and wait. I chose to fake cheerfulness.

first-snow-2

more >>

Spring exuinox happened yesterday

Spring is here. The Spring equinox was yesterday, with days being longer than nights from today till end of September. A perfect time to visit the Kola Peninsula. Lots of light, the roads are mostly clear, bitter colds are gone yet lots of snow for skiing and snowmobiling, and there is still a good chance of seeing Aurora Borealis. Last night it could be observed right in Kandalaksha, despite lot of local light pollution.