Perishing in the Kola Peninsula woods and hills: the probability is 20 our of ??????

"Don't panic. There's another sign up ahead."The Murmansk Region section of the Ministry of Emergencies reported yesterday that since the beginning of 2016 43 persons were lost in the woods and hills, of which 11 were found dead and nine not located at all.

What level of risk these figures represent I know not since the total number of those venturing out was not told. Still, before leaving tell someone you are off, and indicate the route and the expected return time to make the search easier.

Dalnie Zelentsy, Barents Sea. A small overview.

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

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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 >>

Off to the hills for the whole day

okkatyeva-hillToday I’m taking two Finnish travellers first to the Volostnaya hill, and then to the famous “Iron Gates” between the Domashniye (“home”) tundras and Okkatyeva hill, half-way between Luvenga and KolvitsaWish us all luck.

Olenegorsk to Murmansk cross-country bicycle race August 6 2016

bike-marathonIt is a beginner-level 108km bike marathon. Starts at Olenegorsk at the Murmansk Highway, at 10am, and proceeds via country trails through Laplandia, Taybola, Pushnoy, Loparskaya, Magnetity, Kil’dinstroy, and Zverosovkhoz. That’s your chance to explore Kola region back roads!

One can register till August 5 by writing to chereda51-murmansk@yandex.ru. Indicate if you need to be delivered from Murmansk to Olenegorsk.

More at velomurman.ru

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.

Historic reconstruction festival July 2 and 3

gandvikHistoric reconstruction festival “Gandvik” is taking place on the Monastery Cape (just east off Kandalaksha) on July 2nd and 3rd starting at noon. The program includes visiting the Viking camp, single and group combat, recreation of a medieval fair, and show of historic boats.

Free admission!

extremeThe Regional Youth Subculture Festival will be held at Polarnye Zori on May 21, at the Main City Square (ulitsa Sivko), starting at 1pm.

Skateboarders, BMX bikers, graffiti artists, breakdancers and other fun types will be presenting their skills.

Festival’s VK page: vk.com/xday_pz

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.

 

Birding Across the Borders is now available for sale

A short while ago I made an announcement that Birding Across the Borders has come out. At the time it was not clear where and how to buy it. Proceed here, and for $36 this new guide on birdwatching in the Varanger-Norway-Russia area is yours.

And contact me at manfriday@yandex.ru to take you to many of the places mentioned in the book.

Birdwatching offers on the Kola Peninsula

flameThe recent announcement of the publication of Birding Across the Borders has resulted in a bit of a flame in Alexandra’s Livejournal about the propriety and wisdom of advertising a guide that cannot, as of the moment, be bought unless one applied heroic effort to procure it.

The flame, however, has prompted Alexandra to review and compile existing local birdwatching offers, which I’m here sharing with you.

First, it is Kola Travel, with three tour options: north, south, or central Kola Peninsula. We personally know the company as real and active, and able to receive international travellers, but can’t say anything about their birdwatching tours as such.

Second, there is an offer, called the White Sea Islands, from the Nature for Everyone Club, promising island accommodation, transportation by boat, and a biologist as a guide. We don’t know anything about it beyond what’s on their announcement on rusadventures.ru.

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