Historic 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Today I personally opened this summer’s swimming season, under but slight coersion from Alexandra. And yes, it is snow in the background. The air however was full of stoneflies (Plecoptera) and almost summer-warm. River Kolvitsa, between Lake Kolvitsa and a village of the same name, south edge of the Kola Peninsula.
The Celebration of the North and Reindeer Herder’s Day are held in Lovozero every year in the 20s of March. The event includes reindeer and dog sled races, ski races, and winter football. A artisans fair is held and Saami national cooking offered. Here are a few photos from the most recent event that took place March 19-20 by Oleg Filonok.
Why are their tongues stuck out? The reindeer has nearly no sweat glands, so when it runs it sticks it tongue out to stay cool, the way dogs do. more >>
A group of courageous/foolhardy Czech travellers sent me a question on the possibility (mostly from the legal rather than technical point of view) of going from Kem’ to Solovki, circling the island, and returning to Belomorsk by sea kayak. At the moment I’m investigating the issue by asking people closely associated with this type of trips, but getting contradictory answers. Does anybody have reliable info on the subject of whether the authorities would interfere and make these travellers stop their suicidal trip, and possibly give them some extra trouble eg. fines or arrest?