Winter roads are not only dangerous but darn beautiful

Photos by Igor Prozorov.

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The Kandalaksha to Umba road

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Near Kandalaksha


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Moscow to Murmansk flights

transaero-Moscow-MurmanskTransaero 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.

Bike rental

Another attempt to offer bicycle rental appears in the process. Two available at 500 roubles per day, or 100-150 per hour. Call +7 921 036 7662 (Ivan)or +7 902 137 0607 (Andrey).
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Getting to Finland

map_finlandNo, 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.

An updated list of Kandalaksha taxies

The list below is based on Alexandra’s compilation. These are usually quite thorough and more up to date than alternatives. Use it other than other lists in circulation, including those you may find on this site.

[hide-this-part morelink=”Open the list of taxi companies”]”The Lady” (women drivers)
111
9-62-20
+7-921-289-11-11
+7-963-361-62-63

“Severyanochka” (taxi and cargo transport)
113 или 133
9-24-86
9-63-16
9-41-96
+7-921-285-71-22
+7-906-289-88-33
+7-921-510-62-32

“Kandalaksha” (taxi, cargo)
121
9-52-18
+7-921-662-55-62
+7-921-041-55-44
+7-960-029-84-77
+7-902-137-37-37

“Taxi 122”
122
9-20-30
9-21-31
9-11-11
+7-921-286-00-00
+7-911-310-01-01
+7-902-136-07-07

“Tala”
123
9-50-50
+7-902-139-88-55
+7-921-271-09-09
+7-921-150-30-60
+7-911-318-51-01
+7-909-560-37-37

“Zapolarye”
141
9-47-44
+7-921-270-02-92
+7-960-027-70-60
+7-911-344-14-64
+7-952-292-71-61

“Inomarochka”
144

“Avanguard”
5-50-50
+7-921-160-44-44
+7-906-288-98-88

“ATC” (taxi, cargo, towing)
9-55-66
+7-921-5-111-333
+7-921-512-90-80

“Economy”
9-33-88
+7-921-040-60-60
+7-964-309-05-04

“New Taxi”
9-11-11
+7-921-289-22-22

“Aliance”
9-19-99
9-14-44
9-17-77
9-52-40
5-66-77
+7-921-179-88-64
+7-921-170-64-45
+7-921-037-99-11
+7-921-282-95-95

“Our taxi”
9-56-52
7-15-60
+7-921-725-44-01
+7-906-287-03-74
+7-921-037-56-60
+7-921-158-01-48[/hide-this-part]

Usually you the car will be there in 3-5 minutes. The vast majority of drivers are polite and friendly. Lots of women drivers (a consequence of a serious campaign to de-license drunk drivers a few years ago, and there is no permissible promille level in this %%@$@#%&*$& land so there is nothing easier than to get grounded for two years). As of April 2014 any ride within the city is 100 roubles ($3). The cost of out of town trips seems to be based on $0.50-$1/km, eg. a ride to Luvenga, 14km from Kandalaksha, will be an equivalent of $12-15.

 

Busses, minibusses, and passenger vans for hire

Kandalaksh Bus Company, (81533) 95095, (81533) 91000 (24 hrs),(81533)  95353 (tel./fax).

Perevozchik, 8 921 725 6755, Pavel.

Dmitry Shidlovsky, 8 921 725 2712, 8 911 327 6365.