Lake Seydozero. Traces of an ancient civilization

Here we would like to talk about such place as Lake Seydozero, which is very interesting due to numerous local mysterious phenomena, myths and stories. Frequent UFO and yeti sightings, anomalous natural phenomena, traces of ancient civilization activities, and the inimitable beauty of local nature – all these attract researchers, travellers, psychics, and mystery fans. At that, various studies of this place produce more questions than answers.

Lake Seydozero or Seidozero (Russian: Сейдозеро, Kildin Sami: Сейдъявврь).In translation from the Kildin Sami seyd (seid) means sacred. The lake is located in Lovozero tundra on the Kola Peninsula (MurmanskRegion, Russia), near the villages of Revda and Lovozero, which area is called Luyavchorr (Russian: Луявчорр – “mountains near the lake of power”). The lake is situated 189 m above sea level. The length of Lake Seydozero is 8 km; its width is 1.5 to 2.5 km. A mountain river Elmorayok (Эльморайок) flows into the lake, while the river Seidyavryok (Сейдъяврйок) flows out of it, carrying its waters to LakeLovozero. Mountains that protect the lake valley from northern winds create a special microclimate here, and so local nature somewhat differs from ordinary polar nature.


Lake Seydozero




The Sami people. Vestiges of ancient knowledge


General notes:

The Sami people (also Sámi or Saami; Sami: sámit, sampelaš; Finish: Saamelaiset, Swedish: Samer; traditionally known in English as Lapps or Laplanders) are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Since the Scandinavians called them lappar or lapper, while the Russians called them lopari (лопари), lopniane (лопляне) or lop’ (лопь), there emerged the name of Lapland (Lapponia, Lapponica), meaning the “Land of Lopari”.

Sami religion of the past mostly included beliefs in spirits of various natural forces and elements, and shamanism, while contemporary Sami people are ascribed to Lutheranism or Orthodoxy that came here 300 years ago. At that, shamanism, magic and rituals are still preserved, though altered and adapted to the Christian religion.

Ancestors of the Sami came to Fennoscandia (Fenno-Scandinavia) from Western Europe 10,000-11,000 years ago. Moreover, the Sami people of Fennoscandia have U5b1 and V genes, which indicates they have common ancestors with the Russian Arctic peoples (genetically they are the closest to Yakut and other peoples of Eastern Siberia), which ancestors lived about 7,500 years ago. The Sami family tree has a “bottleneck effect”: in the past the number of their ancestors drastically decreased due to reproductive isolation and extreme life conditions of subarctic tundra.

The Sami people were known to ancient Greek authors (e.g. in 325 BC geographer and explorer Pytheas mentioned them in his records as finoi) as well as to ancient Roman authors who called them fenni.

Knowledge of the four Aspects and the influence of signs: let us refer to the human energy structure in the invisible world and the four Aspects that were mentioned in earlier articles on this website.

An extract from the AllatRa book:

Rigden: ... not only the Yakuts, but also other peoples have mentions of this. In particular, that at shaman’s disposal there are assisting spirits, which in ritual chants, for example, are called “the force”, “the suite”, or “the army”. They often appear in the form of animals, fish, birds or spirits that travel to the other world for the purpose of performing a certain deed: they negotiate with other spirits, charm, fight spirits of sickness; they prophesy, obtain a desired object, and so on. The knowledge about the four Aspects may also be found in symbolical schemes, e.g. in elements of shaman clothing by which, figuratively speaking, just like by elements of a military uniform, one can determine a shaman’s “rank”, the level of his “astral feats”, and so forth.

For example, in the foothills of the Urals, the most common composition patterns on elements of ritual clothing and the “holy images” of Permian shamans are: birds (the Front Aspect), lizards (the Rear Aspect), two mythical creatures of almost identical nature (the lateral Aspects), and shaman himself in the centre. Moreover, on the lizard’s body they would sometimes draw seven fish, emphasising, among other things, a connection with the water element, with dimensions, and with the memory of acquired information. It should be noted only adult people were depicted standing on a lizard, that is, those who already had the past. Two mythical creatures were usually drawn on each side of a shaman. In some cases this was a direct indication of the Right and Left Aspects by means of traditional elements that symbolized the Animal Nature – cloven hooves (much later the lateral Aspects began to be depicted in the form of two animals or people with axes, knives, arrows, or weapons in their hands). (pages 235-236 –


Tambourines of Sami shamans


From the AllatRa book:

Rigden: … Yet, let us go back to the ancient designation of the human being – an equilateral cross with a circle in the centre. The lines of the cross conventionally designate the four human Aspects: the lateral Aspects (horizontal lines coming from the centre), the Rear Aspect (the vertical line going down from the centre), and the Front Aspect (the vertical line going up from the centre). As I have already said, in associative comparisons the characteristics of these Aspects were allotted to certain forces in space, for example, the four elements, the four seasonal winds, and also the four cardinal directions. At that, the three forces were usually closely interconnected or had negative characteristics of the Rear and lateral Aspects, while the forth one was the leading one, very special in its properties, and had the positive characteristics of the Front Aspect. All these forces were also designated with a cross, which is the sacred symbol of a human being as of the being in whose structure spirit and matter are combined.


Patterns used in the Sami culture (in bead plaiting and clothing)




Kuyva is a peculiar petroglyph that, as researchers believe, appeared due to cracks and moss growth, and is reflected in Sami mythology. By one of versions, it’s an image of Orion or Makosh holding a horn of plenty. From a spiritual perspective, it resembles a symbol of human spiritual liberation. It’s poorly visible, but based on other earlier images of Makosh we can assume in her right hand there is a crescent- or horn-shaped symbol of Allat – the power of the creating feminine principle. To the right, there is a spot resembling a bird, which usually symbolized the human Front Aspect, though it’s only a conjecture.


Myths and legends of the Sami people noticeably changed under the influence of everyday life, wars and religions of other peoples that came to their land. Nonetheless, they still have remains of the Primordial Knowledge about the spiritual freedom and human inner fight against the animal nature.




Numerous expeditions were arranged to this land, which are worth being separately described. One of the first trips to Lake Seydozero took place in 1887, when the lake was included in the Great Kola Expedition route. Another expedition was arranged in 1922 by the order of Felix Dzerzhinsky and was headed by Alexander Barchenko. Since Barchenko cooperated with Academician Vladimir Bekhterev, the official purpose of the trip was to investigate an unusual mental disorder called Meryachenie (from the Yakut menerik – “do strange things”) or as Eskimos call it “the call of the Polaris”. Such disorder could emerge in several people simultaneously and was manifested as a sort of an obsession.

Below, there are records of an interview with the traveller and geologist Alexander Gurvits who spent 50 years collecting and studying information about one of A. Barchenko’s expeditions.

“Alexander Borisovich, who arranged the expedition, and what was its goal?”

“Based on information available from numerous open sources, in September 1922 the special (cryptography) department of the All-Russian Extraordinary Commission (VCheka) sent a unique expedition to Luyavrurt mountain range in the centre of Kola Peninsula. The expedition was headed by Alexander Vasilyevich Barchenko, a writer and a person with versatile education in biology, geography, geology, and history. Alexander Alexandrovich Kondiayn was appointed the expedition deputy head on science. He was an astrologist, astronomer and translator from several languages including Hindi, Chinese and Japanese. Most probably, Barchenko had the task to discover a depository of “ancient knowledge” and find information on technology of nuclear and psychotronic weapons production.”

“Did they manage to fulfil the task?”

“Nobody knows for sure, because all participants and organizers of the expedition were executed by shooting in 1930s, whereas the expedition archives and their personal archives got into the special depository of NKVD. The veil over the expedition mystery was lifted owing to an article by MoscowUniversity professor Valery Demin, published in 1997 in Science and Religion magazine.”

Preserved records

“So, the expedition was formed in Petrograd and left for Murmansk in 1921. They spent a year on preparations: procurement of equipment, devices and foodstuff, selection of participants and guides.

Murmansk Regional Economy Conference that provided Barchenko with relevant permits on environmental examination of Lovozero area served as official covering of the expedition. In early September 1922 researchers, having covered 65 kilometres by boats across Lake Lovozero (Luyavr), landed on the bank of Motka Guba bay and arranged a base camp from where they started taking radial routs.”

“If all the expedition participants were shot and archives restricted, where has information about the routes appeared from?”

“From remains of personal records made by Alexander Kondiayn. Before he was arrested, he managed to forward a part of his field diary to his kinswoman in Perm. Nevertheless, today it’s difficult to make any conclusions on accurate routes of the expedition in Luyavrurt, as well as on their finds and discoveries. All requests by Valery Demin to get access to Barchenko’s archives, in particular to the expedition materials, have been rejected.”

The lotus flower

“Information about the expedition to “Northern Shambala” had to be collected literally by pieces. Especially valuable data were obtained from works by A.P. Tomashevsky who participated in Roerich’s trip to Himalayas, Major General G.I. Sinegubov, and polar aviation Lieutenant Colonel L.M. Vyatkin who’s now a historian and writer… Works by the German historian ArnoldSchoetz and the Finish researcher Christina Lehmus were helpful as well: they gave a precise answer to the question why in quest of ancient knowledge Barchenko had gone to a specific place instead of examining the entire Kola Peninsula metre by metre. In the library of the University of Lapland Schoetz found Nicholas Roerich’s diaries describing his stay in Karelia in 1917-18. Moreover, one of the diaries mentioned Roerich had visited Luyavrurt and discovered a bricked-up entrance with a lotus-shaped stone lock.”

“Yet, what does it have to do with Barchenko and his expedition?”

“It is ascertained that Roerich was acquainted with Barchenko owing to their literary activities: their writings were published in one and the same St. Petersburg journal, and they were in regular correspondence. Possibly, in one of his letters Roerich told Barchenko about the exact location of the depository entrance, for, according to Christina Lehmus, when Roerich earlier was in Karelia he attended a restricted historical archive in the University of Helsinki and discovered a brief report on a Luyavrurt expedition of the university professors led by ornithologist Johann Palm in summer 1897…”

Luyavrurt and Lake Seydozero – a way to the unknown

“In translation from the Sami language lu means “stormy”, yavr means “a lake”, and urt means “a mountain”. Altogether, this means “a mountain near a stormy lake”. It’s a volcano that has been extinct for 300 million years and is severely ruined. The total area of the lava cone base is 550 square kilometres. The mountain massive is up to 1,000 metres in height; eroded by cirques on the outer side, it rises above tundra.

Inside the mountain mass there is a hollow of 40 square kilometres, filled with Lake Seydozero waters (in Sami Seydozero sounds as Сейдъявврь (Seydyavr), where сейд (seid) means “sacred”, явр (yavr) means “lake”, altogether meaning “the sacred lake”). 12 rivers and streams that don’t freeze even during the polar night flow into the lake.

The entire mountain mass is cut by deep canyons. The northwest part of the lake is bounded by a sheer rock on which a 74-metre-high black statue of the Sami giant Kuyva is clearly visible. According to Sami legend, ages ago a foreign enemy tribe attacked the Sami land, but the main shaman’s spell pinned the “foreign beast” to the wall or instilled their spirit into a stone. Perhaps, the lake name originated from this very legend. The Sami people fear and avoid this place, recommending tourists not to photograph Kuyva.”

“Well, perhaps, the entrance to the underground depository of an ancient civilization should be looked for somewhere near the statue on the rock?”

“I agree. As a matter of fact, this very black figure was mentioned by Johann Palm, Nicholas Roerich and Alexander Kondiayn in their diaries…

Another strangeness of the Kuyva bas-relief is that it does not get destroyed due to atmospheric erosion, as distinct from the rock on which the bas-relief is placed…

However, the main peculiarity of Luyavrurt is the solidified magma stem of six kilometres in diameter. Geologists have ascertained Luyavrurt was formed by ultra-alkaline lava streaming to the earth surface without explosions or ashes, like cream squeezed out of a tube. Therefore, no craters should be there. At the same time, the lava structure indicates cracks appear due to compression upon cooling, which implies a possible existence of big internal faults within the solidified magma stem of Luyavrurt. Such faults – the enormous natural halls – can be up to 30 metres in height and over a square kilometre in area… Maybe, what is sought for is in those very halls.”


There are also interesting references in A. Novykh’s books, hinting at another possible purpose of expeditions headed by Barchenko, including expeditions to Crimea (Bakhchysarai area and the Southern Seacoast) and to Altai.

From Sensei of Shambala (Book VI):

When Lenin came into power, Archons naturally surrounded him by their people in order to control. However, Lenin was far from being an ordinary person. He had his own high-principled team headed by Felix Dzerzhinsky, who were well aware of the entire game, goals and tasks of Archons. Having come into power, Lenin and his team started actively seeking a contact with Shambala so as to get out of Archons’ influence.


Quite likely, apart from everything else Barchenko was indeed searching for a contact with Shambala.

At that, in the course of Barchenko’s expedition a strange underground manhole was found. The researchers failed to get inside because of a weird instinctive fear, almost horror they felt at the manhole entrance. One of local inhabitants told, “there was such a feeling as if the skin was stripped off you!” A group photo has been preserved on which 13 expedition participants are depicted near the mystical manhole in the place called a “relict glade”. According to Demin, the manhole was buried on NKVD initiative in 1920-30s, because development of uranium ore deposits began near Lake Seydozero with the involvement of prisoners from Revda prison camps. Demin mentions the camp was on the other side of Seydozero near the entrance to Chivruay canyon, whereas the “relic glade” was occupied by NKVD forces.

75 years after Barchenko’s expedition two more expeditions headed by PhD Valery Demin and called Hyperborea-97 and Hyperborea-98 came to LakeLovozero. The main purpose of these expeditions was not only to confirm or refute data collected by Barchenko, but also to find traces of Hyperborea – the ancestral home of humanity. Thereafter many researchers and travellers dashed there.

The two expeditions confirmed and photographed the artefacts discovered by Alexander Barchenko: a two-kilometre paved road across the isthmus between Lakes Lovozero and Seydozero, pyramidal stones, and the giant black figure on the sheer rock.

At that, participants of the two expeditions made several new discoveries. Thus, while ascending Mount Ninchurt they found the ruins of Hyperborea as it is believed! There is a whole cultural centre, weathered, half-covered with rocky soil and thousand times iron with ice crusts and avalanches.

Cyclopean ruins, remains of defensive facilities, giant trimmed plates of regular geometric shapes; steps leading upstairs; walls with kerfs of clearly anthropogenic origin; a ritual well, a “page” of a stone manuscript with a trident sign and a lotus-resembling flower... And, finally, probably the most impressive find was remains of an ancient observatory with a 15-metre spout leading upwards to the sky, to the stars, with two viewfinders at the bottom and at the top…


In summer 1999 V. Demin initiated another expedition with the purpose of examining Lake Seydozero bottom, but it did not take place due to organisational problems. Nonetheless, Demin went to Lake Seydozero with the same purpose already the next year. Simultaneously, in July 2000 the participant of the Kosmopoisk (“Cosmosearch”) project А. Antipin went there with a task to examine the lake bottom by means of a sonic depth-finder. However, they again failed to do what they planned. Only Demin’s new expedition in July 2001 was crowned with success – they managed to probe and sound the Lake Seydozero bottom.

Some records on the aforesaid expedition:

“A marvellous picture emerged before us, when we finally obtained the processed data,” Valery Demin tells. “The total length of Lake Seydozero georadiolocation profile is two kilometres, and it leads from the relict glade to the foot of Mount Ninchurt. Thus, from geology perspective nobody can so far explain how such an underground passage leading towards the mountain was formed in local rocks (where no caves are supposed to exist). The vast hollow under the glade may represent a karst gully; however under the lake bottom we clearly saw not a gully, but a real underground cave with stone floor and ceiling. Hence, the double bottom of Lake Seydozero is no more a legend.” Expedition conclusions said stone blocks had an anthropogenic character, while the period of artificial treatment of those blocks varied between the 9th and 8th millennia BC.


It is noteworthy that due to the ballyhoo and inrush of tourists in 2000 local authorities invited four PhDs from Moscow – experts in biology, geology, military and technical fields, so that they would ascertain if the traces of the so-called Hyperborea had been really found.

A record of one of the expedition participants:

Let me admit, being a dreamer myself, I would certainly like to find traces of a proto-civilization. When I stepped at the isthmus between Lakes Lovozero and Seydozero and through the gold of birches saw a road made of huge plates, remains of some gigantic buildings and mysterious arches of underground passages, I was astonished. For heaven's sake, where did all this come from in such an empty place difficult of access? For certain while I did believe – yes, those could be remains of an ancient civilization! Yet, alas... We found no traces of Hyperborea despite all our diligence...

When we examined the area closely, we came to understand how the huge-plate road had formed. The thing is that the mountain mass here is made of graphite shales. From time immemorial the rocks were being eroded, water was getting into cracks, and flat geometric blocks were gradually wrenched out. Covering one another, these blocks slipped down as far as to the lake bottom and formed the road. Attentively looking at the rock slope, one can discern traces of descent of these huge blocks …

We reached the hundred-metre image of God and Seer (its other name is the Running Lapp) and got upset. There are two faults (a vertical and a horizontal one) in the rock, above which there is a flat ground overgrown with moss. Having enough imagination and looking from a distance, one can indeed take this for a man’s figure with a nimbus over his head. Yet, nearby it becomes clear there is just a set of cracks, i.e. a natural phenomenon, not a creation of human or alien hands.

Lake Seydozero: traces of an anthropogenic impact


Mount Ninchurt. These elevations are supposed pyramids under which by means of special devices researchers have discovered an underground cavity that joins the pyramids with the hollow chambers.


Cavities under the pyramids

More images of Mount Ninchurt area:



The Orion constellation in Karelia?


If take the Orion constellation, the layout of which is reproduced by the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), pyramids in Teotihuacan (Mexico) and Xi'an (China), and project it on the Kola Peninsula map, we will get another sensational resemblance, where Lake Seydozero occupies a place in the centre of Orion’s head, while other major points of the constellation are occupied either by Orthodox churches and monasteries, or by artefacts, e.g. seids and labyrinths (all of them without exception have a shape of a horseshoe or Allat). It is noteworthy that a part of the layout is MountVottovaara – a small mountain with a stone amphitheatre, which bears plenty of interesting finds as well (see images below).

гора воттоваара карелия

A real stepped pyramid in Karelia, Russia

Let us recall that the Orion constellation may be discerned in the image of Kuyva on Lake Seydozero, too.

There is another interesting point: mountains that surround the lake look together as a horseshoe or the Allat symbol which is mentioned, for instance, in the article The AllatRa sign. A circle and a crescent. Analytical research. It is also interesting that the firth near Lake Lovozero is called Motka. A single little river flows from Motka into Lake Seydozero, and on satellite images the whole picture greatly resembles a womb (sounds as matka in Russian), whereas contours of the mountains resemble an embryo (again, this reminds of the creating feminine principle – the power of Allat). By the way, the adjacent KhibinyMountains also look like this symbol.

 карта Сейдозеро

Drawing a little conclusion, we can say with certainty that many millennia ago this place was inhabited by people who were far from being stupid or wild. As a matter of fact, judging by signs and symbols preserved among the Sami, those ancient people possessed spiritual knowledge referred to on this website. We can only guess how many more secrets are hidden in this enigmatic land. We may endlessly build assumptions, relying on photographs and written sources, but one thing is clear: most ancient complexes on the planet carry knowledge about the human spiritual liberation (fusion of Personality with the Soul). Quite probably, the picturesque Lake Seydozero is one of such places.





Sources used:
Books by Anastasia Novykh: AllatRa, Sensei of Shambala (Book IV)


An interesting addition:

Furthermore, I have measured distances between Lake Seydozero, Monrepo Park in the city of Vyborg, Mount Vottovaara, and the Stone City in Perm Krai. A common feature of all these places is the presence of huge flat stone blocks and stone walls.  

The total distance between the triangle of Lake Seydozero, the Stone City and Mount Vottovaara is 3,490 km.

  • (the triangle of Lake Seydozero – Monrepo Park – the Stone City: 4,000 km)
  • (the Stone City – Lake Seydozero: 1,530 km)
  • (the Stone City – Mount Vottovaara: 1,430 km)
  • (the Stone City – Monrepo Park: 1,630 km)
  • (Monrepo Park – Mount Vottovaara: 333 km)
  • (Monrepo Park – Lake Seydozero: 840 km)
  • (Mount Vottovaara – Lake Seydozero: 540 km)


Prepared by Vladislav (St. Petersburg, Russia)

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