The village of Kuzreka

kuzreka_1Kuzreka was first mentioned in the Solovetsky Monastery annals in 1591 as a seasonal fishermen settlement belonging to Umba peasants. In 1684 a salt-boiling operation on the Kuzreka was listed among the monastery’s possessions.

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A small mid-October camping trip

This last weekend I was made to drag my ass along the south edge of the Kola Peninsula to the so-called Nos (“nose”) Cape, just east of the Golden Gate and Tetrina fishing base and ~3 miles to the village of Kuzreka. The latter is famous as the site of the Pomor ritual cookie festival and is, incidentally, open to foreign travellers despite Russian submarines regularly surfacing in the bay.

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A popular summer destination among the locals, in the middle of October it was populated only by us, a fishing family from Apatity, and a bear who left numerous footprints

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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 >>

Heavy-duty authenticity: ice-cellar filling time

There are lots of places around the White Sea with no electricity, which keeps ice cellars relevant.

Here is a story from the village of Kuzreka, which is one of the places, actively inhabited, that still lack electricity:

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Photos of our visit to the Kozulya festival at Kuzreka

Most photos are by Alexandra

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The center of activity is the dancing square, where total strangers embrace enthusiastically.

 

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Pomor ritual cookie celebration in Kuzreka

The village of Kuzreka, 30km east of Umba, is getting famous for its celebration of “kozulya” (=little goat), or Pomor ritual cookie. The event started in 2010 but went off well. In 2014 (?) this celebration won the Russian Events Award as “the best project to popularize folk traditions and trades”.kozulya

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Accommodation in the Kuzreka village

  • A small one-room woodstove-heated bright red house right on the river. Great view. No shower. Indoor toilet opening right into the river. Tel. +7 911 326 30 78, +7 911 323 19 02. Natalya Kogina

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  • Bath, barbecue grill, fishing, tours, equipment rental. A project by Umba-Discovery. Tel. +7 911 328 14 00.
  • gest_house_kuzrekaA two-story house, fireplace, wood stove, gas. 500-700 roubles per person per night, depending on the number of guests. Linen, dishes, kitchen utensils included. Motor boat rental 2500 roubles/day. Tours. Alexey Buyanov, no telephone, no e-mail, contact him through his VK page.