I don’t know how many inches of the stuff fell down this week but here is a short video by Natalia Vopiyashina of Varzuga showing the Kandalaksha to Varzuga bus being pushed through snow by passengers somewhere around Kashkarantsy.
A practical addition to the village household till you enter it.
Here is a film one of my readers pointed to:
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.
Varzuga’s claim to fame is in being the religious center if not of the whole region then most definitely of the South edge of the peninsula, and in salmon fishing and poaching.
English speaking fishermen should go to www.varzuga.com. I doubt foreigner are into Eastern Orthodoxy very much but if you happen to be try The Varzuga Foundation that positions itself as the voice of local “spirituality”.
If you need any type of logistical support in visiting Varzuga, talk to me. Driver, translator, gopher, fixer, whatever. I confess that Varzuga is not one of my favourite places but is it popular with travellers and a job is a job.
More photos of spring flooding in Varzuga at televizora-bous.livejournal.com/151612.html
The southernmost point of the peninsula, ~350km from Kandalaksha, of which the first 150 are passable asphalt, another 100 are sand, dirt, and boulders, and the last 100 lack road altogether. To get there hire a heavy-duty off-road something in Kuzomen or more likely Varzuga, a boat in Kuzomen, or try to get on the once-a-week helicopter in Umba that gives preference to locals and will let those like you on board only if there are empty seats.