Umba. Museum of History, Culture, and Life of Tersky Pomors

1Umba, ul. Dzherzhinskogo 78, tel. 8 (81559) 51532, open Tue. to Sat. 9am to 5pm, closed Sunday and Monday. The ticket costs about 50 cents.

You can see the most interesting parts of the museum on these photos of Konstantin Sushko

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Barents and White Sea in 10 days

m2Our friend, the doctor of intensive care, charmnig Tatiana, and her company traveled along the route St. Petersburg – Titovka – Highlands Musta – Tunturi – Middle Peninsula – Murmansk – Teriberka – Kandalaksha – Umba – Kashkarantsy – Cape Ship – Nilmoguba – Petersburg in 10 days.

Want to do it too? We will help you choose the route according to your taste, supply a car with a driver and a translator.

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Campsite “Golden Bay”

A new tourist camp (“turbaza”) discovered near Umba. Not easy to access but appears to be damn attractive of a place. Guests are put up here:

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A film on rowing regatta in Umba

Text: Started 18 years ago, age of participants from under 20 to 80, women’s participation encouraged, this year’s winners are from Kandalaksha..

Pomor rowing regatta

On the 21st of June a competition called “Pomor rowing regatta” will be held in Malaya Pir-guba near the village of Umba.

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Some photos from the Folk Festival in Umba

Photos by Konstantin Braytsev

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Helicopter full of regional VIPs fell into Munozero yesterday


It was quite misty on Saturday. On the way to Luvenga Saturday afternoon. Visibiity ~100m.

An Mi-8 helicopeter full of regional political and business elite on board fell into Lake Moonozero, near Umba, the night of May 31, 2014, just before 9pm. Two or three survived and are now in the Kandalaksha hospital. The rest crashed or drowned. What’s most unfortunate is that the officials appeared to have been making an inspection of a newly setup, following a long controversy, Hibiny National Park.

The list of victims according to

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Folklore festival in Umba June 12-15

umba_2011One every three years event. Draws folk artists from Russia and Scandinavian countries. Established since 1979, with the “international” status acquiried in 1996. Crafts city, where masters skillful in wood carving, weaving, toy-making etc. is an established fixture of the event organized by the culture and arts committee of the Murmansk region, Ter district administration, physical culture, sports, and tourism center, and the Murmansk region palace of culture and folk art.

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Festival program: 

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Foreign traveller restrictions around Umba

Parts of the seashore around Umba are off limits to foreigners.

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Permits can be obtained in Murmanks. I believe you can stay in Umba up to 24 hours without a permit, or need to stay away from 1km strip along the sea.

I’ll be checking and double checking the details if there is an interest in it on the part of the travelling public.


Thanks Vasya Lozhkin for once again providing a fitting illustration for my concept

Prison visits are among my services. I wish I could put a smiley here but it is getting serious. And I can’t even say “fucking serious” because “fuck” in mass media has been outlawed, and a pathetic little website like mine falls under the definitions.

The Bartash Family: Amethyst Coast Souvenirs, Workshop, and more

Ul. Nagornaya 60, 8 921 151 3991 or 8 921 667 5920 (as dialed from within Russia). I think its owners, the Bartosh family (Ludmila, Oleg, and Ksenia), speak passable English. Oleg and Ludmila are both mining engineers but in difficult perestroyka years they have condescended to making jewels and selling them to tourist. And that’s what they do now.

Their specialization is ametyst and items made of it.

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