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Lake Maly Vudyavr Circuit

Route 4

It is better to start the route with visiting the memorial to the Khibiny Mountain Station «Tietta» at the bottom of Мountains Poachvumchorr on the eastern bank of Lake Maly Vudyavr. You may reach it by car. The station started operating in 1930, but burnt down during the World War II. It hosted geological expeditions that studied the geological structure of the Khibiny. The «Tietta» station proved a forerunner of the contemporary Kola Science Centre RAS. Acad. Alexander Fersman (1883-1945) had been heading it from its establishment until his death.

Lake Maly Vudyavr Circuit

The Lake Maly Vudyavr Valley is interesting from the geological point of view as well. It is blocked by a glacier moraine in the east. In the west you can see splendid views of the Takhtarvumchorr plateau cirques with snow remaining all summer long, as a rule.

The route will take you on a good path from the station northwestwards and on crossing the Poachyok River leads to an old drilling ground. You should climb up the big-boulder talus from here to the nearest rocks. In the latter you may find grayish green tinguaite dykes with cell-zonal texture, which can be found nowhere else in the world. These rocks will be the crowning jewel of any mineralogical collection. Further on, the route passes bottoms of the cirques covered by the low birch forest.

Right under the Molybdenite Mine prospecting trenches from the 1930’s remain. It is still possible to find samples of molybdenite in albitite metasomatites there. The mineral does not occur as large crystals and has no striking appearance. However, it has an unusual genetic type of mineralization. En route you may easily find other Khibiny minerals, first of all, varieties of eudialyte. Next you should take the road from the 1930’s and hike up to the source of the Vudyavryok River. Ford it. You can go back by car from here.

Pay attention. The route requires no great physical effort, especially if you come and leave by car. It is recommended to have a guide to highlight the long history of the Khibiny geological development. The bottoms of the rocks are always covered with large-boulder taluses. Some of these are covered with moss. You should be especially careful on passing this area.

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