Spring is here, and the road to Teriberka is said to be open

A couple of days ago I heard a report that the Murmansk to Teriberka road is open to the joy of crowds of Chinese travellers for whom this, apparently, is a popular destination.

Now, the beginning of April, may actually be the best time to visit these places. There is still snow and you can enjoy winter thrills like skiing and snowmobiling but it is not that cold (around freezing in the daytime) and the daylight lasts from 7am until after 8pm. Truly, the best of all worlds.

A Metro article about Valentin Zhiganov, a photographer specialising in Aurora Borealis

On several occasions in the past I mentioned Valentin Zhiganov from Apatity, Murmansk Region, who takes outstanding photos of Aurora Borealis. Very recently my mate Alexandra called my attention to a Metro article with his recent photos of very rare vertical Aurora Borealis. Enjoy!

Moose pulled out of canal near Nivsky

A moose is said to have been stuck in the hydroelectric canal of the Niva hydroelectric station, about 10km north from Kandalaksha, on Sunday morning. Apparently the animal tried to swim across but could not get out on the opposite side. The moose was successfully pulled ashore..

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A bear seen near Polarniye Zori

A bear – and a huge one – is said to have been noticed in the outskirts of Polarniye Zori, 20km north from Kandalaksha. It seems to have been attracted to the town by garbage and caused quite a panic in the community, judging from social networks.

A jump over 40 meter bridge near Apatity

A roofer from Apatity, Alexander Borisov, jumped from a 40 meter bridge over the strait connecting Lake Ecostrov and Lake Imandra on Friday, apparently in search of adrenalin.

Consequences: a cracked bone and major bruises.

Alexander is asking people not to repeat this feat.

Moon in Lovozero last night

Not sure what the excitement is about but everybody seemed to have been talking about the “red moon” phenomenon yesterday. I saw no moon at 10pm, while the sun was still up, after which I retired for the night. Our friend in Lovozero, Tina Sovkina, however, stayed up and caught this “red moon” thng on camera, and here I am sharing the image with you.

Rock concert and Arctic cooking festival in Kirovsk on August 4 2018

Little Wood 2018 festival is happening in Kirovsk on August 4 2018. The event begins at 4pm. Location: Stadium Tirvas. The festival features several local and one rock group from Petrozavodsk as well as Arctic cooking, which I assume includes lots of fish and deer meat. The weather, with daytime temperatures way above 20C, is especially conducive for visiting such an event, and it is still quite light at night.

“New Life” festival in Teriberka tomorrow, July 21

Rock and folk music, discussions, workshops, food, games, sea excursions, tours and fashion shows are promised. No restriction to foreigner access to Teriberka. There appears to be a lot of traffic between Murmansk and Teriberka so hitching a ride should not be a problem. Current super-hot weather makes staying there in a tent entirely realistic. More information, in Russian, at vk.com/teriberkafest

“Living Symbols of the Arctic” exhibition in Murmansk from May 4 to June 5 2018

An artist of our acquaintance from Apatity, Irina Sitdikova, is holding a personal exhibition in Murmansk, at Prospekt Lenina 82, from May 4 to June 5 2018.

Irina’s specialization is stylized animals: seals, reindeer, fish, birds. Most of her art is available for purchase.