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, 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.





















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


Off to Kuzomen

Photo by Snowman_pro from Kirovsk. Recommend.

kuzomenVillage of Kuzomen, Ter coast of the White Sea, about 300km east from Kandalaksha. This polar desert is a favorite place of Uncle Pasha on the Ter edge of the Kola Peninsula.

Stories about their wildness may have been slightly exaggerated

Kuzomen, last summer. The famous wild horses easily agreed to domestication in exchange for bread and cabbage.

The story in Russian, with photos >>

Cemeteries of the South (Ter) edge of Kola

Cemeteries of Kashkarantsy, Olenino, Kuzomen and Varzuga, with lists of names. Cemeteries of the Murmansk Sea side. Saami cemeteries. See 

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.