Intellectual Life and Literature at Solovki

Intellectual Life and Literature at Solovki by Andrea Gullotta of the University of Glasgow is expected to come out in February 2017. solovki





















The book describes the initial period of the camp’s history, when it was relatively benign, with scientific and literary journals published, before it was turned into a killing site in the 1930s.

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White Sea kayaking

A group of courageous/foolhardy Czech travellers sent me a question on the possibility (mostly from the legal rather than technical point of view) of going from Kem’ to Solovki, circling the island, and returning to Belomorsk by sea kayak. At the moment I’m investigating the issue by asking people closely associated with this type of trips, but getting contradictory answers. Does anybody have reliable info on the subject of whether the authorities would interfere and make these travellers stop their suicidal trip, and possibly give them some extra trouble eg. fines or arrest?

A Solovki film from Russia Beyond the Headlines

Click on the image to see an excellent film, with English subtitles, where an attempt is made to present the whole view of the island, from antiquity to its present day.solovki-rbth

Kem to Solovki navigation starts in two weeks has just announced that the Kem to Solovki navigation opens on May 23, which is two weeks.

Here is the schedule of boat trips between Kem (the village of Rabocheostrovski) and Solovetsky Islands:

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Travelling around Solovki by bicycle in March

March is considered by some to be the best time to travel around these places. Enough light, not bitterly cold, yet winter, which defines the character of the region, is still in full bloom. You stand a good chance of seeing aurora borealis too. Alexandra has just stumbled on this photo report of a bicycle trip to Solovki in March.


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It needs to be mentioned that the only way to get to Solovki this time of year is by plane from Arkhangelsk at the cost of 10 th. roubles ($US170) both ways.

Arkhangelsk to Solovki flights

an-24Nordavia has just announced its spring and summer 2015 schedule of Arkhangelsk to Solovki flights. Tuesdays and Sundays leaving Arkhangelst at 1:35pm, and back 3:15pm, in the air about one hour, at the cost of 9500-9800 (about $160 at today’s exchange rate). Probably easier than the classic route by boat from Kem.

Folk Crafts fair on Solovki

Workshop “Bagryanitsa” (Kandalaksha) took part in the fair on the Solovetsky Islands, 12-13 July.

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A luxury ship to Solovki

st-john-of-kronstadtst-john-of-kronstadt_shipThere is something incongruous, if anybody cares about my opinion, about a luxury cruise to a place of prayer. But I’m not here to influct my opinion to would be travellers to Russia, or else would lose even that small trickle of clients that keeps me afloat. solovkiI’m here to share the good news that a luxury liner recently renamed St. John of Kronshtadt after a fin de siecle religious figure who, among other things, strongly advocated ascetic practices will be crusing between Akrhangelsk and Solovki.  Before it was called Belinsky (a literary critic) and Shlisselburg (a fortress and a political prison at the mouth of River Neva, 30km west from St. Petersburg). Starting June 2014, Belinsky-Shlisselburg-St.John will be leaving Arkhangelsk every Tuesday and Friday. For details see (link down as of April 3 2015).