Filming locations

Kandalaksha and area offer a huge variety filming backdrops. Sea, ice, and snow is our main asset. Hills too. If you need decays and neglect that’s most definitely it. Hills and the sea make seasons co-exist. In early June it is spring by the sea but you can still find fields of snow in the hills. It Kandalaksha it is late fall in the middle of October but in Monchegorsk, 100km north, it will be deep winter. See Categories > Filmimg & photography and posts tagged Filming Locations.

A home base for filming crews

somewhere_in_vologda_largeA 4WD truck, with a camper in tow, complete with a driver with 30 years of accident-free record (something tells me a big one is coming), a qualified translator, and all-around fixer (Uncle Pasha himself in all of these roles), with secretarial support from the home office (usually provided by Alexandra) is available to filming crews and serious explorers of the area.

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Polar night over in Kandalaksha

Yesterday I was dragged out to Luvenga by my mate Alexandra, who totally disregarded my profound desire to spend Jan. 1 in coach-glued lethargy, and was forced to observe the first true sunrise of the year.

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An exhibition of areal photos of the Kola Peninsula

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Opened yesterday at the Niva movie theatre in Kandalaksha, and expected to stay on well into 2017.

The author is the famous Boris Vakhmistrov, an avalanche expert from Kirovsk.

In his free time he flies around the Kola Peninsula on a deltaplane taking photos, and is one of the recognized photography masters here. 

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The Kola Planet calendar for 2017-2018

It has just been printed and is available for 650 roubles ($10) plus the cost of shipping. Images were provided by several local photographers while my mate Alexandra wrote the text. My own humble role was that of a translator.

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For a preview of the calendar, with most of its photos, see alexandragor.livejournal.com/527238.html.

To order it contact her at alexandragor4@yandex.ru

The Aurora Borealis season is here..

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The Cross Mountain, just east from Kandalaksha, last night

Sightings of Aurora Borealis had been reported on August 30 and today, Sept. 2. Here they are, from the VK page of Kandalaksha photographer Igor Prozorov.

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A video of Kandalaksha and area

Found on the VK page of Yura Nikitenko, a Kandalaksha photographer and rap singer.

Warning: the image of the place presented in the video somehow looks better than ground-level reality, where all the trash and tack and grot can’t be easily ignored. But with the end of the tourist season approaching I cannot miss this opportunity to promote tourism, even by somewhat misleading methods.

Northern Character Film and TV Festival Nov. 24-26, Murmansk

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The event will feature films united around the northern theme. At least in the past all films shown had English subtitles, and the festival’s site has an English version, which gives a reason to expect that the event will be accessible to the international traveler. After the Murmansk show the festival will tour other Murmansk region cities, including Kandalaksha.

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 >>

Another abandoned settlement near the Prolivy train stop

prolivy-1Recently I’ve stumbled into yet another abandoned military settlement by the no, not quite a “station” but more of a mere train stop called Prolivy (“Straights”) near the village of Beloye More.
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Three or four relatively recently (in 2003 according to one local I met there) deserted 4 or 5 story buildings, plus smaller service buildings.

 

 

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