Kola Peninsula, Russian Federation

I had the pleasure to participate in a conference called “MAAM II – Minerals As Advanced Materials II” in Kirovsk, Kola peninsula this July. Even the journey was somewhat adventurous: plain from Leipzig to Frankfurt, plain to St. Petersburg, Russia, changing to train. A 23 hour journey followed to Apatity and our final destination Kirovsk in the Khibiny mountains. Conference was held 3 days with dozens of interesting speeches. Last two days were reserved for excursion in the mountains (and mineral localities: astrophyllite, titanite, apatite and many – exotic – more). Some unforgettable impressions:

Endless train through endless forests

Endless train through endless forests

polar circle

poliar krug = polar circle

view from the hotel window

view from the hotel window

stairway to ivan

stairway to Ivan

sauna

the sign says sauna

i'm fixing a hole - nepheline-apatite-titanite open-pit

over the rainbow

somewhere over the rainbow

part of the track

part of the track - note the tailings in the background

me enjoying view and silence

me enjoying view and silence

flower enjoying view and silence

flower enjoying view and silence

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  1. Mat

    Great landscape – great pictures! Next time I’ll try to join you … 😉

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