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.
b-port.com reports that avalanche danger has been declared in Kirovsk today, with city park identified as a particularly risky area.
Watch for signs “Stop – avalanche danger”.
The authorities recommend that travellers abstain from walks in the mountains.
Highlights of the trip:
(1) The local history museum, with a visit to the house where the decision to establish the city was made:
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.
Starts 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.
The 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.
(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.