SeverTrans (st-msk.com) has been recommended to us by the Kandalaksha people as a cheap and reliable company that serves the northern direction (the cities covered are listed below), and today we brought 100kg of household stuff to their Mytishi (just north-east from Moscow, Yaroslavl road), and for 1000 roubles ($33) they undertook to deliver it to Kandalaksha.
The main expert of all this solid, filling, and otherwise proper but dull and bland style of cooking is Svetlana Viktorovna Koshkina of Belomorsk, and she is researching the subject in association with the Pomor Culture Center.
A Norwegian news service that covers the Barents Region and the Arctic:
Made in Arkhangelsk, sold in Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg, Severodvinsk. Traditional northern painting and woodcarving. Material: dough, leather, or clay. Also Maps, books, cards, calendars and other. Pomor Souvenirs site, Russian only >>
Here is my favorite site with Kola map: http://kolamap.ru/index.html. Please add to your collection.
Hundreds of maps of the Kola Peninsula. Beginning in the 15th century. Here’s an example manuscript map of Queen Elizabeth I
Lots of recent images of Kuzomen in the dead of winter. See 2-travellers.livejournal.com … more >>
Here is a story about a 1928-1931 trip along the USSR borders by Glebe Travin. Too bad it is only in Russian. If nothing else enjoy photos. The story itself contains vivid descriptions of dangers awaiting a solo arctic traveller.
An overview: russkij-sever.livejournal.com/1649949.html
A.A. Kharitanovksy, A man with an iron deer: www.nashkray.kiev.ua/boks/survive/haritan.html
Vokrug Sveta (Around the World), No. 11, 1975: www.nashkray.kiev.ua/boks/survive/vsvtravin.html.
This tortured soul operates a hostel in Odessa, which is almost as bad as running a full cycle traveller support service in Moscow as I do, and if it wasn’t enough he compulsively drives though less hospitable regions of Russia, including the northern parts, in a truck that can at best be used for a beer run to the nearest town. Read about his adventures and misadventures at www.evencolderthanbefore.wordpress.com. For his trips this travel maso inevitably picks winter too. Recommended reading if you are contemplating travel in the Former Soviet Union space in the Russian Misery Travel (c) mode.