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Gol’tsovoye lake

Gol’tsovoye lake is located in the north of the Khibiny massif in the Kola peninsula, Murmansk region. One of the ideas that it is due to large amount of arctic char that it got its name. Saami, local people, called the lake Paikun’javr. In spite of cold water there are many cold water salmon fish here - grayling, char, whitefish, bulltrout and perch. Therefore, it is a most appreciated place for fishermen coming from different parts of our country and adjacent countries. As a rule, fishing starts at the end of spring and lasts till cold season comes. In winter the lake is frozen.

Gol’tsovoye lake

Gol’tsovoye lake is located in the north of the Khibiny massif in the Kola peninsula, Murmansk region. One of the ideas that it is due to large amount of arctic char that it got its name. Saami, local people, called the lake Paikun’javr. In spite of cold water there are many cold water salmon fish here - grayling, char, whitefish, bulltrout and perch. Therefore, it is a most appreciated place for fishermen coming from different parts of our country and adjacent countries. As a rule, fishing starts at the end of spring and lasts till cold season comes. In winter the lake is frozen.

Tourists are also attracted by local nature and landscapes. Many walking tours in the Khibiny cross Gol’tsovoye lake. Water entity is enframed by thick spruce forest and not high spurs of the Khibiny ridges. Sandy lakeshores interchanged by stony sites are covered by grass and moss. In nearest forests ther are many species of flora: north twinflower, grass of Parnassus, subarctic honeyberry, Lapland goldenrod, wild rose, oak fern, cryophile orchis, blueberry, Alpine bartsia and sawwort.

Gol’tsovoye lake has mountain-glacial origin as it waters is filled by melted water and rivers coming own from mountains. Kunijok river is most important as it inflows into lake in the south and comes out in the northern lakeshores going further to Imandra lake. The river rises in the north of low and long Kukisvumchorr gorge. It is clear from the very name as it is translated from Saami language as «Long valley». In the southern part of Kunijok river there is a Poachvumchorr ridge that divides river into two parts.

In the west of the ridge there is Petrelius river which is the left-side inflow of Kunijok river. It rises in Vostochny and Zapadny Petrelius gorges from small circus lakes. Left-side inflows of Kunijok are Partomjok and Risijok.

River that rises under Yuzhny Rischorr gorge crosses valley from south-east to north-west and enters Kunijok valley as two waterfalls. Risijok river valley is open, there are bushes and small trees that grow until Rischorr river opening. Severny Rischorr gorge is considered one of the most beautiful in the Khibiny massif. If one happens to be in Kaskasnyunjok valley and will have a look at Severny Rischorr in the west, it will look like regular V-shape gap. Under gorge there is a circus, ascending from here is hard enough due to boulders and rock stones.

Partomjok - is another inflow of Kunijok river which rises in Umpozersky pass. In rivr valley ther is a good road that comes through thick forest in lowlands to Umbozersky pass. The pass is not high and easy and one can make his way to Umbozero lake. In old times indigenous people Saami used this way to drive reindeers.

Gol’tsovoye lake feeds by brooks Lyavojok and Severny Lyavojok. Water current Lyavojok rises in Yuzhny Partomchorr pass. It is quite challenging for ascending, its height is 800 meters. Ascending from Kaskasnunjok river side won’t be so hard. Small lake with wonderful landscape is located in saddle. Severny Lyavojok river rises in the circus under Tsentral’ny Lyavochorr pass. River goes through forest zone where many sites for camping can be found. In 200 meters before lake there is a wooden house where travelers can have a rest. Tsentral’ny Lyavochorr is a shortest way from Kunijok river valley to Kalijok river, from which upper reaches ther is an exciting view on pass.

On the top of the page is interactive map of Gol’tsovoye lake, more details can be found of Gol’tsovoye lake Google Web search system.

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