Linnaeus's journey to Lapland

Saxifraga nivalis
"Saxifraga nivalis appears everywhere in our mountains where the melting snow slowly moistens the ground. I know of no other plant that is more resistant to the cold in our chilly Lapland. I have actually seen it grow and flower under the perpetual snow, which neither the sun nor rain can melt; this can be found by a hard edge of ice that is slightly raised from the ground."
Ill.: Dagny Tande Lid

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The Northern Lights Route is part of The Council of Europe Cultural Routes. The Cultural Routes are an invitation to Europeans to wander the paths and explore the places where the unity and diversity of our European identity were forged.