Lake of the Mountain Spirits
by Paul Stonehill
FATE Magazine - October 2005
The mysterious and holy Seidozero Lake is located in
the center of the Lovozero tundra in Russias Kola
Peninsula. It is connected with Lovozero Lake by a
short but ferocious river, Seidyavryoka, and
surrounded by low, flat-topped mountains. The lakes
beauty is breathtaking, and the surrounding area is
the center of many anomalies.
The Kola Peninsula is located on the northwestern rim
of Russia, mostly above the Arctic Circle. It lies
between the White Sea to the south and the Barents Sea
to the north. Here, a number of anthropological,
natural, and mystical enigmas co-exist side by side.
Native Saami tribes have been living in this area for
thousands of years. According to their legends, a
great choom (a tent made of skins or bark) was placed
near Seidozero Lake, and presents from all Saami nomad
camps were brought there. The tribute was quite
valuable, and included gold nuggets. During the
invasion of Norwegian King Hakon, the old choom was
destroyed and burned down. The shamans were able to
hide the treasures collected through the ages in the
deep waters of the sacred lake. There are rumors even
nowadays about strange rituals performed by shamans in
the vicinity of the lake.
Seid, the sacred stone of the Saami, is said to
contain the spirits and souls of the deceased noaidi
(shamans). Seids believed to possess magical powers
were worshiped and sacrifices were performed in front
of them. They were also used for fortune-telling. If a
seid was not worshiped sufficiently, the spirit inside
would leave it, and the rock became an empty vessel.
Some Russian researchers believe there are 30 seids in
When Saami sail past the Kuiva seid on the shore of
Seidozero, they are afraid to make loud noises or
cuss, because the Old Man, as they call Kuiva, might
overhear them. They are careful not to dirty the
waters of the sacred lake, lest the Old Man take the
On the Nepeslogchorr plain near Seidozero Lake,
according to Saami mythology, there once stood three
sorceresses, a mother and her daughters, who were
turned to stone.
The isthmus between the two lakes is called Motka.
Over it is a constant clearing of blue sky.
Hurricane-like winds blow from the Seidozero hollow.
The surrounding mountains do not protect the lake from
winds. Rain and clouds are frequent, and huge waves
sometimes make sailing virtually impossible.
It is a very hard task to get to Seidozero, either by
water or by land. The lake is surrounded by a thick,
almost impenetrable evergreen forest that separates it
from the mountains. The trees here are the tallest in
the Kola Peninsula, and one can find black currants in
the forest and wild grapes in the foothills.
The climb to the top of the nearby Ninchurg Mountain
is both difficult and fascinating. The higher one
climbs, the more beautiful the mysterious lake below
becomes. Strange signs are found carved into the
vertical sides of the steps. The inscriptions are
complex, incomprehensible, and eerie, as are the
monuments made of stacked-up stones found at regular
intervals on the path to the summit
This is a place of many enigmas, including gigantic,
geometrically correct plates, huge rocks bored through
by some unknown and sizable drill, underground
tunnels, strange wells, and seven mysterious pillars
standing next to each other like a wall.
Were the tunnels built by Stalins slaves looking for
uranium? This was one explanation proffered by Soviet
scientists who arrived in the area to elucidate its
many puzzles, including the unexplained disappearances
of visiting tourists. But they could not fully explain
the many mysteries of the region.
According to legend, Seidozero Lake has a false
bottom. Soviet expeditions sponsored by the secret
police in the 1920s apparently visited a cave under
The 1998 expedition led by Mikhail Dyomin discovered a
ritual well, mysterious signs and writings, and the
ruins of an ancient observatorya 15-meter-long trench
pointing at the sky. In 2001, a new expedition led by
Dyomin discovered a huge cave on the lakeshore.The
next year they found more surprises, including stone
panels made with metallic tools that dated back to
World War II Interest
A recent article by Igor Gusev in the Russian
newspaper Anomaliya (Issue 1, 2005) revealed that Nazi
intelligence agents also visited Seidozero. Gusev
claims that some tourists found clothing with Nazi
insignias in a cave by the lake.
The Ahnenerbe Forschungs und Lehrgemeinschaft
(Ancestral Heritage Research and Teaching Society),
founded in 1935 with Hitlers blessing and merged with
the SS two years later, may have been active in the
region. The Ahnenerbes mission was to provide
anthropological and archaeological evidence to
determine the origins of the Aryan race. Some Nazi
ideologues believed that the answer to this mystery
lay in the lost city of Atlantis. Their Atlantis was
the mythical land of Thule, lying between Greenland
and Icelandor, according to some, in the Kola
From 1940 through 1944, the Nazis occupied the north
of Russia with the exception of the Kola Peninsula.
The Germans knew the strategic importance of the
ice-free port of Murmansk and the vast natural wealth
of the region. Perhaps they knew about its paranormal
phenomena too. But the Soviets also knew the
importance of their northern peninsula and defended it
at all costs.
The Lake of the Mountain Spirits is mysterious,
pristine, and remote. I hope it remains so until the
time to unlock its secrets comes. Until then,
Seidozero should rest undisturbed by noisy and prying
Paul Stonehill is the author of the Soviet UFO Files
(1998) and co-author of UFO-USSR (2005).
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