The very name of the Medvezhy(Bear) Island silver mines has a stunning influence on those who hear it.
I hate to disappoint you but mines are now flooded by ground waters and any silver that may be left there is inaccessible.
Further, the Island of Medvezhy is part of the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve, with public access to it prohibited.
Still, the story of 18th century silver mining has an exciting influence on people’s minds, and I’m posting it on the request of one of your travellers.
Location: Porya Guba (bay) west from Umba, south-west of the peninsula.
Industrial-scale mining started in 1730s, after an order by Tzarina Anna Ioanovna signed on Jan. 24 `1732. The first Russian silver rouble was minted in 1736 from silver from the Medvezhy Island mine. A total of 754km of silver has been mined there in the 18th century.
Attempts to bring the mine back into production had been made in the 19th and early 20th century but failed.
For a detailed review of the history of Porya Guba and the nearby Island of Medvezhy see an article from Science and Business on Murman, 1998, No. 6, pages 60-86.