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Route in Khibiny

Considering climatic conditions, geological tourism in the Khibiny is only possible in the non-snow period, i.e. in summer and early autumn (June-September). At the same time, climatic conditions often change to be noticeably different. Even an average year sees natural hazards. Temperatures may fall below zero at night in June, there may be heat in squalled snow. Summer months see the maximum of atmospheric condensation.

Khibiny tundra

In early summer, as firn basins rapidly melt, mudflows go down the mountains, blocking dirt roads. Years of geological development of the Khibiny resulted in many roads and paths having been constructed to facilitate the access even in remote areas.

But the major part of the Khibiny, especially gorges and low areas, is not covered by most mobile operators. Following the safety measures, you can enjoy lots of splendid views and mineralogical finds.

Blue Lakes Valley and Pyrrhotite Gorge

Blue Lakes Valley and Pyrrhotite Gorge The route starts from the Solnechanaya Street edge houses at the Kirovsk town entry, right up by the church. A good path goes through mixed forest and a steep slope of Мountains Aykuayvenchorr to the beginning of the valley. Its cliffs have been best-loved by ...
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Molybdenite Mine and Geographers Pass

Molybdenite Mine and Geographers Pass The route starts on the bank of the Maly Vudyavr River by the Vudyavryok River source. You may reach the place by car. Further on, ford the river and hike on a rocky road laid to the Molybdenite Mine in the 1930’s. En route you will enjoy splendid right-side views ...
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Geographers Pass and Мountains Vudyavrchorr

Geographers Pass and Мountains Vudyavrchorr From any hotel of Kirovsk you may enjoy a splendid view of Lake Bolshoy Vudyavr with the background of towering steep and forbidding rocks of Мountains Vudyavrchorr. Meanwhile, the one-day route along its western and southern slopes is rather interesting ...
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Lake Maly Vudyavr Circuit

Lake Maly Vudyavr Circuit 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 ...
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Takhtarvumchorr Plateau

Takhtarvumchorr Plateau In Sámi, «Takhtarvumchorr» means «a chain of flat-top mountains not far from the valley suitable for the long-awaited rest». The term «valley» denotes the wind-protected Maly Vudyavr Lake Valley. The route aims at showing the beauty of landscapes and rocks of the ...
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Ramsay Gorge and Malaya Belaya River Valley

Ramsay Gorge and Malaya Belaya River Valley The route to the Ramsay Gorge is one of the most popular among the local people. In the 1920’s, Alexander Fersman’s geological expeditions used it to deliver loads from the railway to the central part of the Khibiny. It takes the start from the memorial to the Khibiny ...
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Western and Eastern Petrelius Passes

Western and Eastern Petrelius Passes The peculiar feature of this route is a long approach along the sub-meridional Kukisvum Valley that divides the valley into the western and eastern parts. Until the 1920’s the Sámi had used it for seasonal driving of reindeer herds. Nowadays, there is a dirt road for ...
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Northern and Southern Chorrgor Passes

Northern and Southern Chorrgor Passes At the beginning of the Khibiny development in the 1920’s geologists actively used the S. Chorrgor Pass - 850 m, to transfer cargos from the «Imandra» railway station to the Kukisvumchorr Valley. The name has been given by А.Е. Fersman, who endeavoured to preserve ...
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Kuniyok - Chorrgor - Goltsovka - Imandra

Kuniyok - Chorrgor - Goltsovka - Imandra The route is interesting historically, geologically and esthetically. That was the way geologists reached the central part of the Khibiny in the early 1920’s, having come here to the «Imandra» station by train. Alexander Fersman’s books have records about it ...
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Aku-Aku Gorge

Aku-Aku Gorge The route is one of the best-loved by local and guest tourists. Its name, inspired by T. Heyerdahl’s books and enhanced by Sámi legends, is wrapped in a romantic aura. The route commonly starts from the «Nephelinovye Peski» railway station ...
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Vortkeuayv and Bezymyanny Passes

Vortkeuayvand Bezymyanny Passes The route is easily accessed. Go by bus from Kirovsk up to the final stop at the 25 km settlement. The further route is on the territory of the Kirovsky Mine. There are dumps to the left of the motorway, where you may look for rare Khibiny minerals ...
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Vortkeuayv Pass and Tulyok River Valley

Vortkeuayv Pass and Tulyok River Valley Approaching the Vortkeuayv Pass is described above (Route 11). Behind the Pass the path follows the tributary up to its flowing into the Tulyok River. Then you should go with the current up of the river to its first left tributary. Here you can see a wonderful waterfall ...
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Kukisvumchorr Plateau and Akademicheskoye Lake

Kukisvumchorr Plateau and Akademicheskoye Lake The starting point of the route behind the left tributary of the Vudyavryok River, falling down the Bezymyanny Pass, can be reached by car from the Kukisvum Valley. Here you will enjoy a view of the quarry, where the road-construction material is produced from ...
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Risyok River - Southern Rischorr Pass and Marchenko Peak

Risyok River Valley, Southern Rischorr Pass and Marchenko Peak It is one of the most Khibiny-picturesque routes. Start it from the «Kuelporr» hotel along the Risyok River. Not far from its flowing into the Kuniyok River there is one of the most splendid waterfalls in the Khibiny mountains. The path goes on along the Risyok River and ...
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Northern and Southern Rischorr

Northern and Southern Rischorr The route starts from the «Kuelporr» hotel and follows the Risyok River. Having observed a picturesque waterfall, you should hike along the river to its first tributary, flowing from the N. Rischorr Pass - 900 m. Passing the slope, you may see a drilling platform, the relic ...
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Eveslogchorr Мountains astrophyllites

Eveslogchorr Мountains astrophyllites The Eveslogchorr Мountains astrophyllite, one of the best-known Kola minerals, is the aim of the route. The motorroad to the deposit goes along the southern foothills of the Khibiny, passing the III Apatite-Nepheline Dressing Plant and Koashva settlement up to ...
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