Dalnie Zelentsy, Barents Sea. A small overview.

Dalniye Zelentsy is a village on the Barents Sea coast, 170km east from Murmansk.

184

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 >>

Teriberka festival August 12-14

teriberka-2I wrote about it before, and here I’d like to confirm that it is indeed happening in two weeks.

And Alexandra personally spoke with local border guards who confirmed that there are no restrictions to foreigner access to Teriberka.

Salmon fishing season open on the Kola River

salmonOther 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 manfriday@yandex.ru or call +7 921 155 5432.

 

“Russian Lapland” tourist cluster in the Lovozero District

mu_lovozero_2The 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 ckr51@yandex.ru.

Contact me at manfriday@yandex.ru about a trip from Kandalaksha to Lovozero.

Guest house in Kolvica

We’ve personally visited it today and are happy to provide this report.

20The 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.

more >>

“New Life” festival in Teriberka July 11-12

teriberkaTeriberka 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.

Among the participants are LavkaLavka itself, Mark i Lev restaurant, Russian Kitchen Fund, the Rofano group, Teriberka Folk Pomor Choir, and whoever else may join before the event starts. 

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.

New Year’s tour in Chupa, North Karelia

We wrote earlier about our friends, ecologists from Chupa and their Christmas and New Year tours.

The first photos of the lucky ones who took part in these tours

3 more >>

Christmas (Orthodox) holidays in Chupa, North Karelia

Our ecology friends from Chupa (North Karelia) keep coming up with new programs, and we keep spreading the word.

Having just attracted enough of those desiring to freeze their butts off during the New Year tour (31 декабря – 6 января), Julia and Vasily have immediately announced their invitation for the Christmas tour.

6

more >>

Winter holidays on the White Sea in Chupa, Karelia

An invitation from our friends

Chupa is a village in the Loukhi district of Karelia, on the White Sea coast. Easy to get to by train from Moscow or St. Petersburg.

The cost is 24 000 roubles per adult. Children 6-17 60% off. Chldren up to 5 free.

Or 1840 if you don’t use the services of a cook and take your own products.

Skis, skates, sleighs, ice fishing and banya, Xmas tree, Pomor Ukha (fish soup), aurora borealis, and the famous Beluga whales!

1
Call us at +7 953 537 3114 and +7 921 227 1158 or write to yulka-tm@yandex.ru and suprunenkoyuliya@mail.ru

Details

more >>