Guide “Kandalakshsky area – the gateway of the Kola Land”

kandalaksha_putevoditel Information about the transport and tourist routes, fishing rules, settlements Kandalakshsky district. Mode of the border crossing “Salla” and the other.

Lots of really useful information but it is in Russian only. However, the author of the guide is our good friend and we will work with her on English-language edition of the guidebook.

Twin Cities

Слова из школьно-советского детства – города-побратимы. Оказывается, еще существует. Кандалакша – побратим шведского города Питео и финского Кемиярви. Не знаю, что это означает на деле, но в Кандалакше есть Общества дружбы “Россия-Швеция” и “Россия-Финляндия”

История Кандалакши коротенечко

Может, умные на английском резюмируют..

Источник http://www.kp.ru/daily/26078/2983113/

“…На юге Мурманской области больше всего доставалось Кандалакше – одному из первых русских поселений на Кольском  полуострове. Когда точно оно возникло – неизвестно, но первое упоминание в исторических документах датируется 1517 годом – временем правления Великого князя Василия III, отца Ивана Грозного.

В 1526 на берегу реки Нивы святитель Феодорит Кольский срубил церковь Рождества Иоанна Предтечи, в которой приняли христианство первые саамы, жившие в этих местах. Через 20 лет все тот же неутомимый старец Феодорит основал при церкви Кандалакшский (Коккуев) мужской монастырь. more >>

Buses from Kandalaksha or Murmansk to Finland, Norway, or Sweden

map_finlandNo, there is no train connection. No planes either.

The bus from Kandalaksha to Rovaniemi, Finland (via Salla and Kemijärvi) runs twice a week.

Lots of offers for Finland and Sweden from private car owners in Kandalaksha. The usual cost is …… Transfer-tour offers minibuses. All the services cater to Russian tourists, with very few English speakers and no info in English. That’s where we see ourselves once our move to Kandalaksha happens.

Buses run regularly form Murmansk to Kirkenes (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland). More, in Russian >>

A mysterious maze

labirintBabylon as they call it in the north. 2000 years before this era. Many scientists studied the northern labyrinths. There is no clear view of their appointment. Fish traps? Place of sacrifice? The means of communication? Door to other worlds? .. There are several such labyrinths on the Kola Peninsula. But only to one of them within easy reach. It is walking distance of Kandalaksha but you will not find it without a guide.

Skiing and snowboarding competition in Kandalaksha. April 13 2013.

krestovaya_goraAn alpine skiing and snowboarding competition will be held on April the 13. Location: Krestovaya gora (Cross Mountain) ski slope out of Kandalaksha as you go along the Tersky edge of Kola.

Watch for similar events in the future.

THE WEIGHT OF THIS RESOURCE IS GRADUALLY SHIFTING NORTH, TOWARDS THE KOLA PENINSULA, THE SOUTH EDGE OF IT, AND IN PARTICULAR THE CITY OF KANDALAKSHA. BOOKMARK STARITSA.INFO IF INTERESTED IN THE AREA.

See also Downhill skiing in Kandalaksha>>

 

Downhill skiing in Kandalaksha

Krestovaya Gora (“cross mountain”)Skiing Center. Slope length 1000 meters [over half mile], width 50-100 meters [150-300 feet].

[Pasha’s comment: Please use imperial measures. Metric is an invention of the French. Be sensitive to my hard-won prejudices.]

Good conditions for snowboarding. Rope tow. Rent skis and snowboards. New motel also named “Krestovaya Mountain” on site.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

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See Ski Centre website (in Russian)

I hope Pasha will translate it soon.

And my information about hotels Kandalaksha too..

It is not cold and dead. Against a popular misconception about the White Sea.

By Alexandra –

Contrary to common opinion, the White Sea (which can be considered a bay of the Barents Sea)is not cold and dead. I’d like to present my colleague and namesake Alexander, whose job and passion is to photograph White Sea creatures. He spends a lot of time in the Moscow Sate U. research station near Poyakonda, right on the arctic circle.


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This White Sea jellyfish photo by Alexander Semonov won recent “Wild Nature of Russia” contest by the National Geographic (Russia) magazine

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This worm made it to Nature Magazine

Here is an article about him by  in Time – Science and Space – Wildlife, January 15, 2013 >>

More pictures of Alexander Semenov on his website Clione.ru (English)and in his blog (Russian).

Unfortunately, perhaps one of the country’s and the world’s greatest underwater photography experts profoundly lacks interest in organizing diving tours in exchange for contemptible $$. If you happen to be real hot about immersing yourself into this see with a camera, tell me, and I’ll put you in touch with people in or around Kandalaksha. Write to alexandragor4@yandex.ru or leave a comment below. Or, better, do both because at least 5% of e-mails seems to get lost in transit.