Our traditional August vacation in Kuzomen has started

This is one of the easiest yet most interesting routes around the Kola Peninsula. You can do that alone or by hiring Uncle Pasha as your driver, guide, and translator.

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Below are travel notes from the first two days on the road. These are useful (facts) and useless (beautiful sights). more >>

An elementary school opened in Kuzomen

burnayevaUp to very recently the only option for for four elementary school age kids in Kuzomen was a boarding school in Varzuga, with mere 8 visits home per year.

Things changed recently with the arrival of the new teacher, Ekaterina Mikhailovna Burnayeva, from Murmansk, after her two trips to South Carolina, USA.

burnayeva-chacing-wild-horsesIn addition to teaching she prepares school lunches and chases away the famous wild horses of Kuzomen that often scare children.

Aerial photos of Kashkarantsy, Kuzomen, and Varzuga

kuzomen-aerial-2kuzomen-aerialOur friend snowman-pro just posted this August’s photos of their para-glider flights over Kashkarantsy, Kuzomen, and Varzuga. Photos taken from low height, with lots of details, thus a realistic picture of what the land is like.

Above: overall view onto Kuzomen.

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Sorting out photos from the recent trip to Kuzomen

Here is a series of particularly silly horse images of “wild” Kuzomen horses. Photos taken by Alexandra. You travellers are encouraged to sign up for a trip there and to Umba and Varzuga.horses-kuzomen-1

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Rybachy peninsula, Varzuga, and Kuzomen film

Here is a film one of my readers pointed to:

And a comment from Alexandra about the use of quadros:quadro-tracks

They are a disaster that destroyes the vegetation cover. She requests that I miss no opportunity to call on quadro users to stay on roads to avoid damage to fragile northern ground cover.

Here, done, request added.

Guest houses in Kuzomen, Chavanga, Pyalitsa, Strel’na

Insider info from Julia Solntseva, a local expert and a publisher of a variety of travel guides: Call 8 911 344 2772 or 8 921 281 7152 about guesthouses in Kuzomen, Chavanga, Pyalitsa, or Strelna. Or write to strelna.fish@mail.ru, Svetlana.

Here is a map clearly showing these somewhat obscure locations:

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Kuzomen: accommodation and other travel practicalities

Guest house: Irina Mikhailovna Deryabina,  +7 921 709 7980.

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If you get stuck, call Alexei, +7 911 308 0311. His huge 3-axle ZIL truck will pull your jeep out of anywhere.

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