(2) Nordavia.ru flies Moscow to Apatity (next door to Kirovsk) twice a week, Friday and Sunday, with tickets starting at 3780 roubles ($55 at the current exchange rate) one way, which is not much more expensive than train tickets.
Kandalaksha leaders and those of Finnish municipalities that border with Russia have met last week to discuss joint projects, including setting up a major snowmobile route across Norway, Sweden,Finland, and Russia. Another project discussed was expanding the capacity of the transportation network of the Murmansk region and including it into the trans-European road system.
Less than $20 will take you from St. Petersburg to Moscow, and under $40 will drag you all the way from Murmansk to the capital. Check out www.blablacar.ru/. Rides are often available even to destinations that don’t have a good train connection. Based on my impression of their site and the hearsay I’d recommend this service fully, and will be personally testing it at the first opportunity.
Recently I’ve had a few enquiries about winter driving condition here. Here, as an illustration:
Yesterday a piece of news about Ms. Tsin, a cyclist from Korea pedalling her way from Finland to Murmansk, reached me, followed by a today’s update to the effect that she got into an accident. It appears she got off lightly thought, and will present herself to the public at the New York Coffee in Murmansk tomorrow as scheduled.
On 26 Dec. 2012 Japanese cyclist Haruhisa Watanabe was killed in an auto accident near Kandalaksha. Recently Boris Rozhansky, the driver of the car that hit him, got a 3-year suspended sentence, with prohibition from operating a motor vehicle for 1.5 years.
Transaero just announced a direct flight from Moscow to Murmansk. Three times a week, 2.5 hours in the air, and the cost is said to be 6000 roubles ($150 at the current rate) both ways. Another 6 hours of rail to Kandalaksha but still beats 36 hours by train alone.
A reminder by Murmansk cyclists that they exist and deserve respect. The event starts at 2pm from the filling station at the crossing of Kolsky prospekt and ulitsa Kooperativnaya, by an advertising billboard. Found at www.hibiny.com.