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I’m pleased to announce that the Kanda-Viking Camp 27km south from Kandalaksha, on the 1138th kilometer of the St. Petersurg to Murmansk highway, near the turn to the Beloye More settlement, has reopened, and offers 5-bed houses for 3 to 5 th. roubles ($50-85).
Website www.kanda-viking.ru (only in Russian)
Rumours have reached me that Russians and Finns are presently discussing closing the Salla and Raja-Jooseppi border crossing points to bicycles as a response to crowds of Syrian, Afghan etc. refugee status seekers. These fulfill the formal requirement for travellers wishing to get across to have some form of transportation other than their feet by getting on bikes.
Since my September 18 2014 note on a grenade found by the garbage dump on Spekova street has attracted an unprecidented number of views (500+), here I’ll treat you for another similar story.
Yesterday, an anti-tank grenade was found and safely de-activated by the Industrial Colledge at Spekova 50.
Kandalaksha leaders and those of Finnish municipalities that border with Russia have met last week to discuss joint projects, including setting up a major snowmobile route across Norway, Sweden,Finland, and Russia. Another project discussed was expanding the capacity of the transportation network of the Murmansk region and including it into the trans-European road system.
Dates: Nov. 23 to Dec. 7.
Location: Hotel Belomorye, ulitsa Pervomayskaya 31.
Opening hours: 10am to 8pm.
(A strange figure given that the plant’s output is no more than 70 th. tons per year.)
The reason is said to be low price for aluminum that dropped to $1600USA, or 27%, since the beginning of 2015, which makes producing aluminum a losing business to half of the industry’s facilities.
For details see www.steelland.ru