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.
Visiting 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 >>
Earlier 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 >>
About 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.
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.
Unmarked and largely unknown even thought it is right next to Kandalaksha. more >>
The classics: museums and souvenirs
- Museum of Kandalaksha History
- Museum of the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve, where you can view film documentaries not available anywhere else
- Private museum of publisher V.P. Garkotin. By appointment only.
- Bagryanitsa workshop
- All-sort-of-stuff store
- Museum of the History of the Niva Hydroelectric Stations Cascade (by prior arrangement only)
- Museum of the Train Depot (by prior arrangement only)
For nature lovers
Or, 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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