Yesterday saw a group of four white whales, apparently hunting herring, by the canal in the west part of the city, swimming pretty close to fishermen’s boats..
A few months ago somebody asked me for a review of the local fish market.
An often-heard complaint about the local fish scene is that it has very little locally caught fish. Recently, however, a weekly fish and sea product fair has opened in Murmansk.
It is supposed to be held every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at the Forum Trade Center. The address is Kolsky Proyezd 134. One can get there by a free bus that is said to be leaving every hour starting 9:30 am from Ulitsa Gadzhiyeva in the city center.
Sounds like a good place to get a glimpse of the local fish scene, including the fishermen who, it is said, bring their catch straight to the market.
The Murmansk Region section of the Ministry of Emergencies now requires all travellers going on potentially dangerous routes (sailing, mountains) to register with them ten days before the trip and report that they are well daily. Presumably, should they disappear, the Ministry will undertake a search.
Here is the form in English on the Ministry of Emergencies site travellers need to fill out before being on their way.
Dalniye Zelentsy is a village on the Barents Sea coast, 170km east from Murmansk.
From 1935 to the beginning of the 1990s the Murmansk Biological Station (from 1958 the Biological Station of the Murmansk Sea Biology Institute) was active there. The purmanent population of the village was about 600, which included both scientists and technical personnel from among the locals. Presently the biological station is abandoned, and about 10 permanently live there. Some biologists visit the station in the summer. more >>
Other Kola Peninsula rivers are to open for salmon fishing before the end of May. Licenses are required and are expected to cost between 1800 and 4000 roubles ($20-55) for a few hours of fishing and one specimen caught, which of course makes no economic sense for the fisherman who can just buy one huge fat fish for this price. But they can be obtained, from what I understand, from the local section of the Ministry of Fishing at ul. Rybovodnaya 7, east end of Kandalaksha. Poaching however is widely practiced if that’s of any consolation..
Talk to me if you need assistance obtaining the license, getting to one of the many fishing spots around the area, or setting up a camp. Write firstname.lastname@example.org or call +7 921 155 5432.
The Ministry of Development of Industry and Entrepreneurship of the Murmansk Region and the Administration of the Lovozero District have signed a memorandum to set up and develop a recreational cluster “Russian Lapland”, with specialization in ethnographic and rural tourism, with the involvement of the indigenous peoples of Kola Peninsula. Same old stuff will be offered: snowmobile safari, deer sleighs, trips to deer keepers’ camps in the tundra. Events to be promoted include the International Saami Day, North Celebration, Deer Keepers’ Day, Days of Komi-Izhma Culture and others. Formation of the cluster is supposed to make the local tourist industry more efficient and effective. Those interested in joining the group are invited to contact the organizers by calling (8152) 41-07-95 or e-mailing to email@example.com.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org about a trip from Kandalaksha to Lovozero.
We’ve personally visited it today and are happy to provide this report.
The village of Kolvitsa is 30km east from Kandalaksha, near the Kandalaksha to Umba and Varzuga road. The guesthouse will suite those travelling along the route or those whose destination is Kolvitsa itself. The Kolvitsa Bay, where the guesthouse is situated, is one of the most picturesque places along the south edge of the Kola peninsula. Artists like coming here. Click here to see some pictures painted in Kolvitsa. Also Kolvitsa is good for sea, river, and lake fishing, picking mushrooms and berries, or just walking around.
Responses left in the guestbook often mention house owners’ hospitality, the place’s coziness, and presence of a banya. Guests are especially delighted by homemade bread and pirogies, jams, fresh fish, and a deck with a spectacular view.
Teriberka has recently gained a lot of publicity due to the filming of Levithan by Andrey Zvyagintsev there in 2013. Riding on this popularity, organic food distributor LavkaLavka and Bolshaya Zemlya Fund are organizing a festival that aims to drastically improve the life of Teriberka by stimulating its potential in fishing and tourism.
The event is not expected to make any money and relies on crowd-funding.
Entry ticket to the festival is 800 roubles ($15 at current exchange rate).
Accommodation in the local rather basic hotel or in tents.
I’m thinking of going and you are welcomed to join me. Accommodation in the camper or tents if I do go.