An interesting point in the vicinity of Kandalaksha has been called to my attention. It is the NebloGora mountain, 25km west from the city. The place was made famous by the 1938 airship crash, when a Dolgoprudny-made blimp rushed to the rescue of the Papanin mission ran into NebloGora. Then, in the 40s-50s, mica was discovered there and a mining village built. It operated till mid 90s. Below are some photos of the village and the mica mine nearby, taken from podzemki.net via exploration51.net, now in the status of “ghost town”.
I’ll be glad to organize a tour for anyone willing to take a long walk because the bridge leading to the village has been destroyed, thus no possibility to drive up there.