Kola Peninsula

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What is the Kola Peninsula? Great tundra, mountains, rivers and countless lake. Not so countless. On the Kola Peninsula more then 111 000 lakes. Such large as Imadra and such small as Okunevoe (Persh) lake in the middle of the Murmansk.

Kola Peninsula is not only cold, but also very windy. Both these factors, along with the permafrost, limit the growth of most trees, yielding a landscape that is dominated by grasses, wildflowers, and sparse shrubs. Herds of reindeer visit these grasslands in the summer, when the regions turns from white to lush green and the flowers add a carpet of color to an otherwise barren scene.

The Kola Peninsula pokes up like a fat thumb at the northwestern edge of Scandinavia. Numerous rivers cut across the landscape and flow into the Barents Sea and the White Sea; many lakes dot the tundra. Shrub tundra forms on depressions inland and is characterized by dwarf birch and cloudberry. The coastal tundra supports stony and shrub lichens. Although most of this ecoregion lies above the Arctic Circle, the climate is relatively mild--due partly to the number of lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water surrounding the peninsula. Here mountain ranges are interspersed with abundant wetlands, and open grasslands give way to coniferous forests.

The nacreous clouds at Murmansk 30/12/2016

Aurora Borealis near the Kirovsk


Aurora Bolearis in Lovozero