Kuzreka 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.
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.
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
and other evidence of its presence. more >>
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.
Below are travel notes from the first two days on the road. These are useful (facts) and useless (beautiful sights). more >>
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”.
- 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
- Bath, barbecue grill, fishing, tours, equipment rental. A project by Umba-Discovery. Tel. +7 911 328 14 00.
- A 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.