Pudozh, Karelia

I’d like to put emphasis on Pudozh, about 10 hours north from St. Petersburg. Why? Strategic location, half way between St. Petersburg and Kandalaksha. Several hotels and lots of guesthouses that normally cost $20 per person per night in and around Pudozh. Probably the best place to fix the car that, by the time it reaches Pudozh, especially if moving south, may be falling apart as a consequence of beaten up roads. We had several jobs done by Serezha and Dima, +7 911 665 1396, and ours is not an easy car to work on. Speaking of car problems, torn our shocks, bearings, and exploded tires are most common victims of holes in asphalt. Check suspension before going, and don’t forget to deflate tires on rough stretches of the road. Alexandra’s Chow-Chow dog Tasha comes from Pudozh and Alexandra maintains active connections with Tasha’s breeders. Pudozh definitely belongs to what feels like familiar territory.

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.

A welcomed change from the usual set of search phrases

Sunday just started according to staritsa.info’s clock, and today’s first search phrase was “Baptist churches near Solnechnogorsk”. I hereby praise the Lord for a welcomed change from the usual that I won’t even mention despite the need to saturate the sites with words and phrases that draw people. Dear G-d, please consider this as my donation. The church in question is in Zelenograd, about 30km from Solnechnogorsk, and its site is http://www.zelbaptist.org/

Еще турфирма на Кольском. Pending translate

“Дикие и свободные” (sic!) www.wildfree.ru  Обещают, соответственно, дикости и свободности. Альпинизм в Хибинах, сплав по рекам Кольского п-ва, туры на п-в Рыбачий (самая жопка север Кольского п-ва), рыбалка (в т.ч. лицензионный лов семги), Ловозеро (саамы), Канозеро (петроглифы). Обещают все необходимое снаряжение для дикости. Еще заброски на УАЗах и ГАЗах в дикие места. Индивидуальные туры. Жилье в Апатитах и Кировске.

Сайт слегка бестолковый организационно. Англ. версии, как водится, нет.

Отзыв от Юли “Только беседа с руководителем – парнем, которого зовут Иван:) Нормальный такой Иван – возит туристов в основном на Рыбачий – на край света. Делал на конференции толковые замечания по идеям военных маршрутов, к которым сам отнесся скептически”.



Murmansk transportation: a brief overview

It on the Kola road (M18) from St. Petersburg to Norway. Highway A132 to Norway  and P12 to Finland begin in Murmansk.

Airport “Murmansk” is actually in Murmashi, 24km from Murmansk. Daily flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Regular flights to Arkhangelsk, Tromso (Norway), Helsinki (Finland), Turkey, and Egypt.

3-4 direct Moscow to Murmansk trains, more >>

Murmansk religious scene

Seventeen registered denominations is and impressive number for a city of less than half a million. They have a Catholic church, Lutherans, Baptists, Jehowa’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Pentecostals, and Hare Krishna devotees whatever their official name is. Don’t see such liberties being allowed in the Russian mainland.