They ordered me to translate their site into English, and immediately uploaded these translations to snowtracker.ru/en/. Last March we ourselves took part in one of their 3-4 hour tours, were impressed, and can recommend Kola Expeditions to travellers looking for the “local spirit”.
Highlights of the trip:
(1) The local history museum, with a visit to the house where the decision to establish the city was made:
Three said to be dead. Something like 35 windows broken.
One or two days before I got a text message from the Ministry of Emergencies advising people to avoid the Khibiny Mountains area. Turned out it can be serious out there.
(2) Nordavia.ru flies Moscow to Apatity (next door to Kirovsk) twice a week, Friday and Sunday, with tickets starting at 3780 roubles ($55 at the current exchange rate) one way, which is not much more expensive than train tickets.
Hotel Kuelporr is a neat place lost in the middle of nowhere in the Khibiny mountains, 20km north from Kirovsk, latitude 33.7294006, longitude 67.6358871. Accessible in the winter by snowmobile only, closed May and June, and October to early December because the road to the hotel is impassable by any transportation during these dreadful between-season periods. For those looking for a profound Khibiny experience.
Tel.: +7 921 510 0030, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see aurora borealis one does not necessarily need to come to the Kola Peninsula in December, into cold and darkness. Aurora is still with us in mid-March, when snow melts and days are 12+ hours long.