Guest house in Kolvitsa

We’ve personally visited it today and are happy to provide this report.

20The village of Kolvitsa is 30km east from Kandalaksha, near the Kandalaksha to Umba and Varzuga road. The guesthouse will suite those travelling along the route or those whose destination is Kolvitsa itself. The Kolvitsa Bay, where the guesthouse is situated, is one of the most picturesque places along the south edge of the Kola peninsula. Artists like coming here. Click here to see some pictures painted in Kolvitsa. Also Kolvitsa is good for sea, river, and lake fishing, picking mushrooms and berries, or just walking around.

Responses left in the guestbook often mention house owners’ hospitality, the place’s coziness, and presence of a banya. Guests are especially delighted by homemade bread and pirogies, jams, fresh fish, and a deck with a spectacular view.

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Kolvitsa. General info for travellers.

Three reasons to recommend Kolvitsa to travellers: (1) high concentration of good views; (2) easy access; (3) location along the Kandalaksha-Umba-Varzuga route. 

Dmitriev cape and entrance to the Kolvitsa bay. Photo by Georgy Kas’yanov.

Easy to access

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The Trip to Kolvitsa is nearing printing

Here is how the book’s official announcement in English will look like:

About The Trip to Kolvitsa

At the core of this book is a series of interviews with Kolvitsa old-timers, the oldest of whom were born in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Many of those interviewed are direct descendants of a small group of Karelian migrants who moved here and founded the village in early 90s of the 19th century. These interviews were mostly taken and processed in the Fall of 2014 and, together with historic background, provide a comprehensive view onto the origin and history of the village.

The book starts with a historic overview of lands around Kolvitsa, first mentioned in the middle of the 16th century as property of the Monastery of Holy Virgin in Kandalaksha. more >>

“A trip to Kolvitsa” book is in the process

Memorial stone, Lolvitsa. A photo by Gennady Alexandrov.

A stone that commemorates 120 years of Kolvitsa. Photo by Gennady Alexandrov.

“A trip to Kolvitsa” won the First All-Russian competition “Cultural mosaic of small towns and villages” (the Timchenko Fund). The project was performed by youth movement “EcoDozor” (EcoWatch) of the Kola Ecological Center jointly with youth center “Harmonia” of the City of Kandalaksha. Immediately involved were Ludmila and Gennady Alexandrov, and Alexandra Goryashko. Artist Valentin Myzdrikov developed the book’s cover.

Kolvitsa, one of several villages along the Kandalaksha coast of the White Sea, has a rich and unique history. Unlike other, Pomor, villages, Kolvitsa was founded by migrants from Karelia, and thus maintained, for many years, its cultural and linguistic uniqueness.

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Kolvitsa celebration June 29th

Ya.I. Zyablov, “Kolvitsa, White Night”

The village of Kolvitsa is celebrating its 120 year anniversary. The Youth Center “Garmonia” and Kola Ecological Center invite everybody to the village celebration to be held on June 29 at 2pm on the bridge over the Kolvitsa river.

The program includes opening a memorial stone and a meeting with Nikolay Kolychev (the author of Kandalaksha anthem) and other Kandalaksha poets. A tour along the eco-trail “Kolvitsa river” towards the Black Padun waterfalls will be offered.

A regular bus to Kolvitsa is leaving the Kandalaksha bus station at 12:30.

For more information call (8-815-33) 9-40-46 or +7 921 162 09 49, ask for Ludmila Alexandrova, the head of the Kandalaksha Tourist Info Center.

South Kola

south_kolaA travel guide in English >>

Kandalakshsky District, the Gateway to the Land of Kola. A new guide.

A nicely put together small booklet on Kandalaksha and area. Particularly valuable is the description of the border crossing at Salla and other travel technicalities.

At the moment it is in Russian only but the author is a good friend of mine, and I’ll be getting Pasha to translate and adapt it for English-speaking travellers.