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Kola peninsula: Harsh but beautiful land

Kola peninsula: Harsh but beautiful land

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By Ati | Sunday 11 November, 2018 11 November, 2018
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Russia spans thousand kilometers along the shores of the Arctic Ocean. But the only motorway to the northern coast is on the Kola Peninsula. The path amidst tundra, hills and rocks leads from Murmansk to the fishing village of Teriberka (from the root Ter, which means "rocky shore"). The distance from Murmansk to Teriberka is 130 kilometers

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Photo: Alexey Isaev

There is nothing more beautiful than the entrance to the Teriberka Bay of Arctic Ocean from the water, formed by two mountain ranges. The crimson glow of the sunset, obscured by the ledges of the rocky shores, flickers and flares up only on a few peaks, glowing from afar over the ocean like beacons. Between the two main capes, in the very middle is seen the third, all in the shadow, and only the crest of it slightly casts a leaden glint, while the rest seems more like a cloud than a matter of earth. Between these three capes is a small island, beautifully blackening in white splashes of the restless shafts of the Arctic Ocean.

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Photo: Alexey Isaev

One cannot tear himself away from the beautiful shores of Teriberka. The water is as calm as in a cup. From here it seems that you are floating on a lake surrounded by huge green alps, reflected in its mirror with all its peaks and ledges. On the banks you can see the wide blue bands of wildflowers, slopes covered with soft greenery. Behind nearest mountains, there are others, still quite impressive, blue mountains behind them look smaller, while the cloud-shaped peaks of the farthest hills are seen far away. Here and there the cloud hung on a shallow mountain and reflected every twisting turn of its surface in water. Here in the most stormy weather, reigns silence and serene peace.

 

Photo: Alexey Isaev

The Khibiny Mountains represent a high mountain range rising to a height of 1,250 meters above sea level and lying 80 kilometers to the north of the White Sea and 120 to the south of the Murmansk coast. The mountains have the richest reserves of minerals, of which some are not found anywhere else in the world. They are under active development and mining.

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Photo: Alexey Isaev

At the foot of the mountains are the cities of Apatity and Kirovsk, and along the western slopes of Khibiny is the largest lake of the Kola Peninsula - Imandra. Khibiny mountains, proudly rising in the middle of the forest, lakes and marshes of the Kola Peninsula, are the center of Russian northern tourism, the school of science and life. Bare peaks - stony tundra - rise among hilly plains covered with swamps, lakes and forests; from the east and west their slopes are reflected in the waters of deep lakes stretching far from north to south. Here in the formidable nature with wild gorges and cliffs hundreds of meters high, you will find the bright midnight sun shining for several months in succession with its long rays on the snowy fields of high uplands.

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Photo: Alexey Isaev

Khibiny are a famous ski resort where you can come in May and even in June. Mountain tops remain snow-covered for most of the year, and ice on rivers and lakes stays until May. Only in Khibiny one can enjoy snowmobile tours until the end of spring. In summer it is an ideal place for mountain tourism - waterfalls and snow-capped peaks, swift ice rivers and bright blue lakes, glaciers and gorges are awaiting the travelers.

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Fishing on the Kola Peninsula is associated, first of all, with salmon fishing. But after all, it is not only hard-to-reach rivers in the eastern part of the peninsula popular with fly-fishing: Varzina, Ponoy, Drozdovka or Strelna. Most of these places can be reached by helicopter only. At the same time in the center and western Kola there are many rivers, lakes and reservoirs rich in trout, pike, whitefish, perch, char and the same salmon. And to get to the beautiful reservoirs, the helicopter is not needed: in this part of the peninsula the roads are quite accessible for any car.

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Also fishing in the Barents Sea. A variety of trophies, including cod, saithe, haddock, herring, flounder, sea bass, catfish, crab and other inhabitants of the sea depth, make coastal fishing very entertaining. Here you can emerge into the wild world of the harsh but beautiful North, enjoy fishing for the noble Atlantic salmon in the river near the estuary, in the immediate vicinity of the Barents Sea, snorkel from the deck of a motor yacht or simply admire the coastal line and sea inhabitants.

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Early in autumn, when all the peaks are covered with thick snow and yellow birches stand out against the green background of the fir trees, the dark and long polar nights switch on the fabulous Aurora Borealis illuminating the wild mountain landscape, forests and lakes with the green and purple lights. These trembling and shimmering rays and veils give unforgettable impressions of Russian north.

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