For fans of military history. Route options that do not require permits.

Military history fans are usually drawn to the Rybachy and Sredny peninsulas, and to the island of Kil’din. These places saw intense fighting during WW2. Remnants of fortifications, guns, shells and other artifacts are still abundant.

1Visiting these places for foreign travellers, however, involves considerable difficulties. Rybachy, Sredny, and Kil’din are among pre-border territories, and a foreign citizen needs a permit from FSB to get there. The procedure involves writing a detailed application that takes no less than two months to consider and can be turned down without even an explanation. Attempting to visit these places without a permit may result in a fine and loss of visa, if not an accusation of spying, with all the ugly consequences.

At the moment we are looking into alternative routes on the Kola Peninsula that do not require special permits for fans of military history. more >>

Lenin and spring in Kandalaksha

1Earlier a monument to Stalin was standing in Kandalaksha too. Then Stalin was demolished but Lenin still stands. Not for nothing Lenin is named “ever-living” in Russia.. more >>

Charming old photos of Kandalaksha

Selected by Alexandra from www.kandalaksha.org and vk.com/kandalaksha_official_group. All photos can be clicked to a bigger size. Some locations are still clearly recognizeable.

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Train station square. The overpass is still there.

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Another book: Nature and Natural Resources of the Murmansk Region

natural-resources-of-murmanskAbout 500 photos from 30 Murmansk region photographers. Photos from hard-to-access places on the shores of White and Barents sea, along the Ponoy River, on the Rybachy Peninsula etc. Photos of unique natural phenomena (aurora borealis and others), rare plants and animals, mineralogical monuments, culturalnd historic sites (labyrinths, Saami seids, stone carvings of Kanozero and paintings of the Rybachy Peninsula), and also photos of the Kola Peninsula from space.

 

natural-resources-of-murmansk-2The text was written by the members of the Kola Center of Nature Preservation. Well-known scientists and regional history experts acted as consultants in the course of developing the text.

Extensive illustrated material does not simply describe natural objects but helps in understanding northern ecosystems. The book shows just how succeptible to human influence northern nature is, calling to reader’s attention to the significance of many phenomena often left unnoticed.

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What to see/do if you are staying in Kandalaksha for 1-3 days

kandalakshaHere is a summary of attractions that await a hurried traveller through our town.

The classics: museums and souvenirs

For nature lovers

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A gentle romantic rendering of a god of war

spekovNever thought this tough hand-grenade wielding muzhik could be depicted in such a tranquil manner.

 

Serbian cemetery in Kandalaksha

5Or, rather, what’s left of it. Two tombstones, probably moved. These Serbes were from among 300 th. prisoners of war stuck in Russia by 1917..

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