Seidozero

Continuing to look into the vicinity of Lovozero.

One of the attractions in the area is lake Seidozero. Here is some info Alexandra has dug up on it.

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Photo by Yuri Matseyevsky

It is in the center of Lovozero mountain massif on the Kola Peninsula, 189 meters above the sea level. Seidozero is 8km long, 1.5 to 2.5km wide, and its area is about 20 sq. km. From the west the river of El’morajok flows into the lake, and in the east the river Seid”javrjok (Motka) flows out connecting Seidozero to Lovozero.

Getting there. On foot only. It is not for those wanting to see things through the tour bus window.Seidozero is in the center. The body of water to the left of it is Umbozero, and to the right – Lovozero. Two nearest settlements are the villages of Revda and Lovozero.

If travelling there by train, get off at the city of Olenegorsk. Hop on the bus to Revda. It leaves, as of Jan. 2015 schedule, at 10:30am, 6:05pm (except Sundays), and 8pm. The distance is about 70km.

If travelling by car, travel down M-18 to the turnaround by Olenegorsk, turn east towards Lovozero and Revda.

Once in Revda, walk or drive 4km to the abandoned (or semi-abandoned) mine, then walk into the mountains. You’ll need to get over the crest (600m above sea level)and cross several streams that turn into torrents when snow melts.

If starting at Lovozero, hire a private motor boat that will get you by the lake to the Motka Bay. From there it is only a couple of kilometers to Seidozero, and you won’t have to get over the mountain crest.

There are stores and hotels in both Lovozero and Revda. These are small however, and you need to reserve accommodation in advance.

Why get there?

Seidozero is famous for the supposed existence of the ancient civilization of Hyperborea there. That’s the reason why several expeditions have been dispatched to the area, eg. the one led by A.V. Barchenko in 1922. Holy sites, stones, places of power etc. can be viewed with the help of guides or found by following numerous descriptions. The most famous and certainly most visible isoteric hero of Seidozero is Kujva, whose 74-meter high image can be seen on one of the rocks by the lake. I will not retell all the stories and legends related to Kujva because they are quite numerous. Indigenous people of these places, the Saami, considered Seidozero to be sacret.

You can read here about legents and mysteries of Seidozero.

If, however, things outworldly don’t excite you, all is left is nature, beatiful and photogenic.

Please note that ther territory around Seidozero has been descared a nature park, with all the consequences as to not leaving mess behind.

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Weather and other conditions, unpleasantries, warnings, equipment..

Weather conditions in the north in general and in Seidozero in particular can change fast and in a vast range. From real summer to snow and wind within two hours in summer is not unthinkable. Here are two photos as an example from summer (July-August) trip reports:

8   7In summer, expecially if it is warm, a huge number of blood-sucking and flesh-eating bugs (mosquitoes and especially gnats) will be welcoming your appearance.You’ll have not only to negotiate slopes but walk over large stones. Some of them move, or are covered with moss and lichens and thus slippery, especially after the rain. During the forest part of your trip be ready to negotiate windbreaks and thick growth. And to crossing streams. Low clouds, mist, strong wind, low visibility are entirely possible.For detailed advice on equipment I recommend Russian readers use this resource.

Accommodation before, after, and during the Seidozero trip

Right in the mountains, not far from the Raslak Circles, enthusiasts put up temporary shelter of the tepee type for the summer. There you can hide from bad weather, rest, and dry up. You are requested to keep thing clean and orderly in the tepee and around. The firewood situation around the tepee is not easy so if possible bring your own.

We’ve already written about accommodation in Lovozero, eg. here.
There seems to be something similar in Revda even though we have not personally inspected it. The rumours describe it as something of a hostel. The address is ul. Umbozerskaya 1, tel.: +7 (815 38) 341 34

Information and physical support

Let me start with resources I used when writing this post.

Guide to Seidozero VK group. The group was set up as a virtual museum of Seidozero and Lovozero tundras, and a club for those looking for a knowledgeable guide to Seidozero and other place in the Lovozero tundras. The group contains guides from among the residents of the villages of Revda and Lovozero, most of whom know the area for move than 20 years. The group is active, and they tend to respond enquiries and help in information searches. I do not know if there are any English speakers there but if you want anything translated Uncle Pasha is at your service.

Yuri Matseyevsky. Diary: Along the Lakes and Ravines of Lovozero Tundra. A detailed description of his 12-day trip in 2010, with good photos and useful advice.

Alexander Volkov. Lovozero Tundras. Seidozero. A comprehensive article from 2010, with lots of photos.

Vladimir Kezling. Lovozero Diary. Seidozero – the Sacret Lake of the Saami. It is about a trip in August 2014. It is interesting, in particular, because it describes getting to Seidozero via Lovozero, which is rarely described.

If you are not certain you can make it to Seidozero on your own, talk to one of the guides at the Seidozero Guids Group in VK, or to one of the companies that organize tours there:

“Lovozero Tour”. Based in Lovozero. Dealth with them on behalf of our clients from Sweden, found flawless support.

“Kola Expeditions”. Based in Korovsk. Personally known to us. At least two of their staff speak English.

“Kola Travel”. Based in Monchegorsk.

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