Right in the Kandalaksha Bay, just east of the city. Two of them actually..
Domesticated version of White Whales can be found ~130km south from Kandalaksha in the Polar Circle Dive Center:
Today I personally opened this summer’s swimming season, under but slight coersion from Alexandra. And yes, it is snow in the background. The air however was full of stoneflies (Plecoptera) and almost summer-warm. River Kolvitsa, between Lake Kolvitsa and a village of the same name, south edge of the Kola Peninsula.
Location: Monastery Cape, east end of Kandalaksha. Organized by the Chupa Yacht Club. Last year’s event attracted a major crowd said to number 2500+. Details >>
Once in a while I get asked about the average wage or income, mostly by people toying with the idea of opening a business here.
www.b-port.com just reported that the average income in the Murmansk region for 2015 was 39 424 roubles, or just over $500 at the current exchange rate.
No official statistics for small towns separately but my guess is that for Kandalaksha it would be around 25000 roubles per month, or just under $400.
In small rural communities even $250/month could make an attractive wage.
During our Sunday walk around Kandalaksha we’ve stumbled upon two monuments previosuly not known to us. Both are on Zavodskoy pereulok (Factory Lane). One, that seems, judging from the Gagarin-style helmet, to echo with the Cosmos theme, is by the Auto Repair Factory:
Further enquiries showed that it was indeed build in 1964, at the hight of overboiling enthusiasm for space exploration.
The other is to Kalinin who I believe was the Prime-minister till ~1946, on the territory of still-struggling Experimental Mechanical Plant:
Local rumours say there were more monuments in Kandalaksha. One to a breast-feeding mother by the Niva movie theatre that was removed by the authorities for “indecency”, and another to Comrate Kirov on the street where we have questionable pleasure of living. In the latter case the monument simply fell apart.