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Only on the Far North

The page is devoted to the natural phenomena peculiar only to the Far North and never does occur in the temperate zone.


Aroma of the Tundra

The spring soon coming and the tundra will scents like a French perfume. Anybody knows what is the Chanel №5 — the perfume created by Ernest Beaux — Russian-born French perfumer, but very few people know what inspired Beaux to create the world famous perfume. In 1918 he was working as a counter-intelligence officer on the Anglo/French concentration camp of Mudyug island, interrogating Bolsheviks captured by the White Russian and Allied armies. Beaux also was living at Murmansk and had a habit of walking to Semionovskoe lake near the trading port. Later he confessed to unique freshness of the polar air and fragrance of springs lakes had been inspired him to create the Chanel №5. But may be Beaux had been living at Murmansk in the summer, he created another perfumes. In Jul when Linnaeus borealis blooms the tundra scents like very expensive delicate fragrance; and in August — like mix of floral and berry fragrances. Linnaeus borealis

Aurora borealis

An Aurora or polar lights or northern lights is a naturallight display in the Earth's sky. Auroras are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind that the trajectories of charged particles in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma, mainly in the form of electrons and protons, precipitate them into the upper atmosphere due to Earth's magnetic field, where their energy is lost. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis or the northern lights. Usually Aurora is seen in the spring and autumn, and the best time — vernal equinox and autumnal equinox.

Polar Circle

A polar circle — the imaginary line on the Earth surface, above which are observed the Polar day and Polar night. On the Kola Peninsula is the Arctic circle, traced at a latitude of 66°33′47.1″ N, and most part of Peninsula is above the line, except the south of Tersky coast. The Arctic circle point at Tersky coast between Kuzreka and Olenitsa

Polar day

The midnight sun or the Polar Day is a natural phenomenon that occurs in Murmansk from the end of May till the end of Jul. During the Midnight sun the sun remains visible at the midnight. On the Murmansk’s latitude the Polar day lasts 62 days from May 22 till Jul 23. Hot sunny days is possible to take the tan till 23 p.m. The Midnight Sun

Polar Night

The Polar night is the time when the Sun not occurs above the horizon more than 24 hours. The Polar night it is not mean totally dark. During Polar night the most part of Kola Peninsula excluding the southernmost part and Kandalaksha located behind the Polar circle, experience a civil twilight. The civil twilight means — the Sun is between 0 and 6° above the horizon. In Murmansk the Polar night continues from December 2 till January 11. During this time the night is from 15 p.m. till 10 a.m. and rest of day is the civil twilight. The panorama of the day in the middle of December

The nacreous clouds

The nacreous clouds (polar stratospheric clouds) — the clouds appearing in the winter on the altitudes of 15 000-25 000 m (49 000-82 000 ft). The nacreous clouds are the best observed during a civil twilight, when the Sun is between 1 an 6 degrees below the horizon as well as in winter and in more northerly latitudes. The nacreous clouds in the Murmansk December 30, 2016

White Nights

The White Nights — the time during which sunrises are early, sunsets are late and darkness is never complete. At the latitude of Murmansk the White Nights are observed two times: in the spring and in the end of summer. In the spring the White Nights start 1 May and last till 22 May when are begin the Polar Day. Next time the White Nights are observed from July 23 till August 12. The photo was done 16 May at 1:25 a.m., one week before the beginning of Polar Day
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