There are few things more gloomy and depressing in this country than postapocalyptic style”garage coops”. Our car has been stuck in one of these, in Niva-3, an industrial outskirt of Kandalaksha, for the last two weeks for a welding job.
(1) “On Spekova”, tel. +7 911 339 1657, Igor
(2) “By the railroad overpass”, +7 921 167-3723, Ruslan
(3) “Avtodia” on Zavodskoy, +7 921 177 2979 or +7 (81533)93001.
Visited the Kandalaksha Yacht Club yesterday. Spoke with the owner Alexey, mostly about setting up an Eider museum on the property. Have been given a tour of the place. Were impressed with the scale, taste, and perspective.
Of things that can be of interest to a traveller from afar:
(a) Accommodation. Two rooms, each with two beds and a fold-out couch, 2500/night per room regardless of the number of guests. Breakfast included. Rooms are minimalistic with no windows but clean and fresh. Peteulok Rechnoy 22 (next door to the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve), tel. +7 911 304 8101. More on this accommodation option >> more >>
Here is a fresh Vesti TV report on Middle Eastern refugees travelling to Finland via Kandalaksha:
It is in Russian but the key points are:
Kandalaksha leaders and those of Finnish municipalities that border with Russia have met last week to discuss joint projects, including setting up a major snowmobile route across Norway, Sweden,Finland, and Russia. Another project discussed was expanding the capacity of the transportation network of the Murmansk region and including it into the trans-European road system.
Transaero just announced a direct flight from Moscow to Murmansk. Three times a week, 2.5 hours in the air, and the cost is said to be 6000 roubles ($150 at the current rate) both ways. Another 6 hours of rail to Kandalaksha but still beats 36 hours by train alone.
No, there is no train connection. No planes either. The bus from Kandalaksha to Rovaniemi, Finland (via Salla and Kemijärvi) runs twice a week. Lots of offers for Finland and Sweden from private car owners in Kandalaksha. The usual cost is around $30 one way to Salla. Transfer-tour (http://transfer-tour.ru/, link down as of April 1 2015)regularly sends minibuses back and forth. All the services cater to Russian tourists, with very few English speakers and no info in English. Buses run regularly form Murmansk to Kirkenes (Norway) and Ivalo (Finland).
..This is a preliminary review. More info is coming up. Talk to me if you need an individual trip and if my truck won’t scare you off. Think of $1/km as the average cost of hiring me.
..Alexandra recently went to Finland. An overnight trip cost her 4000 roubles ($120-something) including both trasnportation and accommodation but that was a bit of good luck.