Epiphany ice bathing in Kandalaksha Jan. 18 and 19

This year the Orthodox Epiphany ice-hole dip will take place near the fish breeding operation’s dam between ulitsa Naberezhnaya and ulitsa Rybovodnaya, east end of town.

The authorities promise to equip the place with heated tents and lighting, and provide police and ambulance presence.

The hole in the ice will be sanctified at 7:30pm and made accessible to the adventurous from 8pm to 2pm next day, Jan. 19 2017.

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 >>

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!

Swimming season opened

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.swimming-season River Kolvitsa, between Lake Kolvitsa and a village of the same name, south edge of the Kola Peninsula.

White Sea kayaking

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?

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.

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A new pattern breaking waterfront restaurant

This is the waterfront view we are so used to..sea-front-kandalakshasea-front-kandalaksha-3

All of a sudden at the east end of this rotten row there pops up a new Yacht Club restaurant:

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Another film about Kandalaksha Bay regatta

That was June 30 near the Monastery Cape.

Film by Alexander Trunkovsky

 

Yacht race in near dead calm

yacht-race-1On June 30 the 15 yachts parcicipating in the Kandalaksha Bay regatta stopped in Kandalaksha and treated us to a race from the Monastery Cape to the Labirynth and back.

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