Aurora borealis in March

To see aurora borealis one does not necessarily need to come to the Kola Peninsula in December, into cold and darkness. Aurora is still with us in mid-March, when snow melts and days are 12+ hours long.

Winter roads

Recently I’ve had a few enquiries about winter driving condition here. Here, as an illustration:

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First sunrise after the polar night

Every year on January 11 residents of Murmansk come on “Solar Hill” – the highest point of Murmansk, to see the first rays of the sun.

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Winter roads are not only dangerous but darn beautiful

Photos by Igor Prozorov.

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The Kandalaksha to Umba road

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Near Kandalaksha


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Last sunrays of the year

Natalia Berlina, a researcher of the Lapland Reserve, photographs the last sun rays in the center of the Kola Peninsula. They are back only the middle of January.

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Another book: Nature and Natural Resources of the Murmansk Region

natural-resources-of-murmanskAbout 500 photos from 30 Murmansk region photographers. Photos from hard-to-access places on the shores of White and Barents sea, along the Ponoy River, on the Rybachy Peninsula etc. Photos of unique natural phenomena (aurora borealis and others), rare plants and animals, mineralogical monuments, culturalnd historic sites (labyrinths, Saami seids, stone carvings of Kanozero and paintings of the Rybachy Peninsula), and also photos of the Kola Peninsula from space.

 

natural-resources-of-murmansk-2The text was written by the members of the Kola Center of Nature Preservation. Well-known scientists and regional history experts acted as consultants in the course of developing the text.

Extensive illustrated material does not simply describe natural objects but helps in understanding northern ecosystems. The book shows just how succeptible to human influence northern nature is, calling to reader’s attention to the significance of many phenomena often left unnoticed.

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Rurik Chemyakin, At 70 degrees North

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This book is a rarity among Russian zoological literature. More often than not similar publications have either lots of photos and too little text, or vice versa. Here the text to photos ratio is well-balanced, with each one of several hundred photos supplied with extended comments. It is obvious that the author wants to say a lot about the heroes of his photography. This is not surprising given that many of then have been, for a long time, subjects to his scientific research and observations.

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And that’s why I dragged Pasha onto the mountain

Volostnaya Hill, about 2 kilometers from the city and 350 meters above sea level. Such incredible colours can be seen only in September.

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Imandra Lake tonight

imandraPhoto by Valentin Jiganov

Valentin is an employee the Kola Science Centre of the Academy of Sciences and the author of the site Apatity city (In Russian). A lot of useful information about the Apatity and Kirovsk. Hotels, hostels, restaurants, shops, services, transport schedule and more. Recommended.