By Marina Bevka
Our travel agencies neither organize tours for individual foreign travellers nor can be very helpful in booking a hotel. [Thanks, Marina, that’s a great way to promote Kandalaksha. We know it but the whole world does not need to be told what a loser town it is.] There work 1.5 managers busy with their work. What do they exactly do? Sell local citizens package tours to other countries, write out green cards, and arrange visas to Finland and Norway for the Kandalaksha residents.
Below is a list of active agencies. You can try contacting them but they are not likely to respond and even less so to help you.
[Marina – You could have mentioned my humble services, eh? I tend to respond, and can be of assistance to Russian visa seekers, to those needed guide/driver/translator/fixer/etc. here. Read up on marketing fundamentals please.]
“Kanda-Tour”, the oldest travel agency. Used to organize excursions for schools around Murmansk region. It still works in that direction, but much less. Mainly sells package tours overseas. During winter holidays makes a single 3-day tour to Finland. Contact details: 50 Let Oktyabrya, 8. Tel +7(81533) 9-23-28
“Palkina-Tour”, another agency near the railway station. May be useful for tourists from other regions of Russia who are planning to visit Santa Claus. You know, Kandalaksha is the nearest city to the Russian-Finnish boarder Salla. A few hours by bus and here is Santa, big sales and aqua park. Tours are cheap & especially popular during winter holidays. Makes 2-3 tours a month. Contact details: Sovetskaya, 1a. Tel . +7(81533) 9-66-93.
“Yuzhny Polus” opened a couple of years ago. Only sells package tours overseas. Contact details: Pervomaiskaya, 63. Tel. +7(81533) 9-45-61
“Salma-Tour”. Also sells tours overseas. NEW!!! From this July organizes 1-2- day tours to Finland weekly. Contact details: Pervomayskaya, 57, Tel. +7 (81533) 9-69-43.
“Orange”, opened this summer 2013. Only sells package tours to locals.
Contact details: 50 Let Oktyabrya, 3. Tel. +7(81533) 9-61-11.