Rock concert and Arctic cooking festival in Kirovsk on August 4 2018

Little Wood 2018 festival is happening in Kirovsk on August 4 2018. The event begins at 4pm. Location: Stadium Tirvas. The festival features several local and one rock group from Petrozavodsk as well as Arctic cooking, which I assume includes lots of fish and deer meat. The weather, with daytime temperatures way above 20C, is especially conducive for visiting such an event, and it is still quite light at night.

Kirovsk avalanche

kirovsk-avalancheRumours have reached me that there was a major avalanche in the city of Kirovsk on Thursday Feb. 18.

Three said to be dead. Something like 35 windows broken.

One or two days before I got a text message from the Ministry of Emergencies advising people to avoid the Khibiny Mountains area. Turned out it can be serious out there.

“Snow ‘n’ Ice” festival at the Snow Village in Kirovsk

crazy-chainsaw-2015-1Starts on Jan. 18 and lasts for a week the 5th festival of snow and ice sculpture “Snegoled” (“snow ‘n’ ice”). During this week participants from the Murmansk region and six other Russian regions, Scandinavia, and Latvia will be making sculptures.

The festival will end with a competition to create ice sculptures within 90 minutes, entitled “Beshenaya pila” (“Crazy chainsaw”) on Jan. 23.

To see the “Crazy Chainsaw” finale of the festival in motion click on the image above

 

Excellent photos of the Snow Village in Kirovsk by Valentin Zhiganov

As I wrote before, this year’s theme at the Snow Village in Kirovsk is classic Soviet-era cartoons. Here is a series of photos from the Snow Village by Valentin Zhiganov, a photographer who made many excellent photos and this video of aurora borealis:

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This season’s “Snow Village” opened in Kirovsk on Dec. 19 2015

snow-village-1The theme for this year’s Snow Village is old Soviet-era cartoons to commemorate the 80 year anniversary of Soyuz-Multfilm (“Union Cartoons”), the main cartoon maker during the Soviet period. Rooms have been decorated with immages of old familiars such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Gena-the-Crocodile, and Cheburashka, as well as many other characters less familiar to western audience.

The snowvillage also offers cheesecake-sled and banana-sled towered after a snowmobile rides.

See more at the Snow Village site. To switch into English, Finnish, or Norwegian scroll down and press the appropriate button.

Other posts on Kirovsk, which may be a worthy place to visit.

I can take you to Kirovsk from Kandalaksha on a one-day trip for $250. The car comfortably fits 3-4 passengers.

Good news for Moscow to Kirovsk travellers

Our friends Ulitkiny report several good news for travellers from Moscow to Kirovsk:

moscow-to-murmansk-road(1) The Karelia part of the St. Petersburg to Murmansk road has been fully repaired, and travelling through Karelia, unlike it was even 2-3 years ago, is now a breeze.

(2) Nordavia.ru flies Moscow to Apatity (next door to Kirovsk) twice a week, Friday and Sunday, with tickets starting at 3780 roubles ($55 at the current exchange rate) one way, which is not much more expensive than train tickets.

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Lights at the distance are Korovsk. Yellowish loop on the right is the skiiing track. A white spot left from the track is the Snow Village and Snowmobiling Center. Photo by Alexander Yenaleyev, borrowed from Ulitkiny Livejournal.

(3) A long-awaited field skiing track has been laid out near Kirovsk, right by the Snow Village and the Snowmobiling Center where you can rent skiis.