German cemeteries

(1) Near Old Salla (now occupied by evil Russkies) but access is physically possible summers only, and foreign travellers require permits. Speak with the Salla Tourist Information office about getting such a permit.


(2) Near Lupche-Savino, 7km north west from Kandalaksha. Burried here are interns from Schlesien (Silesia) and East Brandenburg.



The Book of Memory. Victims of repressions, Murmansk region.

The Book of Memory. A List of Repressed Residents of the Kola Peninsula, and of Foreign Citizens Living in the Murmansk Region. By Murmansk Region Administration, Federal Security Service, and Murmansk Regional Historical and Educational Society “Memorial”, Murmansk, 1997.

Our friend and colleague Boris Gureyev, who runs the Kandalaksha site,has a copy this rare book that is not likely to be published again. Tell us if you want to check for any names. Lots of Germans, Finns, and probably Czechs perished here.

See also graves and cemeteries elsewhere on this site.

If you fall through ice

conveniencesI’ve been dragged onto ice a lot recently (and also to cemeteries, where drowning was often indicated as the cause of death). And hearing stories, in vivid details. And shown crosses, erected if you **didn’t** drown despite all odds, on top of many local hills and along the cost. Also, as I’m researching the travel market here it becomes even more apparent that salmon is the top thing that brings you guys here, and a lot of it is done while ice is still on. All that compelled me to post these three videos with instructions on how to proceed should you find yourself in water.

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A series of vivid photos of the bunkers and of Medvezhyegorsk in general >>

Info on cemeteries, which are numerous in the region, is coming up. So is the story of my trip through west Karelia in 2011, which was the closest the old materialist me has ever come to seeing ghosts.

Medvezhyegorsk is spelled “Medweshjegorsk” on German maps. For Karelians and Finns Medvezh’yegorsk is Karhumägi, which probably is its original name.

A semi-official list of touristy sites and attractions around Kandalaksha

Found in my 2011 notes and am sharing this list of “official” tourist attractions around Kandalaksha:

  • Island Mikkov. Located where the Kovda River flows into the Kandalaksha Bay. Granitites formed 2.3-2.4 million years ago are exposed here. Gneiss and amphibolite boulders, which are at least 2.9 million years old, are scattered around. Of interest to those who are amused by this planet’s history. Geology students flock there.
  • Curative dirt of Palkina Guba. They are used locally to treat nervous system and joint ailments. Dirt by the Luvenga is said to be no worse.
  • The Cape of Verkhny Navolok of the Tolskik Peninsula of the Kandalaksha Bay. A range of minerals caught in transition and exposed for us to observe to see earth in the making. Minerals of the epidotic group, amphiboles, pyroxenes, and granites. A mecca for geology students.
  • Ringing stones. If you strike one of these stones  it will or is supposed to produce prolonged metallic sound. Sami tribes treated these stones as cult objects. A few of these stones are found at the Volosyanaya Hill.
  • Oket’yeva (Akat’yeva) mountain and the “Iron Gate”. In Sami “akka” means not only “old woman” but Great Goddess. The gorge between Okat’yeva and Domashnyaya hills is a stone corridor about 500 feet long. Ancient Samies thought of the gorge as the residence of Great Goddess. The gorge is within walking distance from Luvenga.
  • The labyrinth. Walking distance east from Kandalaksha. Possibly a cult object used by the Sami or Celtic tribes.
  • Holy stones that housed the spirits of departed Sami shamans. No loud talking and certainly no profanities within hearing range of these stones! Sacrifices encouraged. Objects that are connected to hunting (eg. bullets) are especially appropriate.
  • Silver Mines on the Medvezhi (Bear) Island. These are now flooded, and access to the island is highly restricted. But I’m toying with the idea…
  • Wooden church in Kovda. Built in the 17th century and presently being restored. e.
  • Military cemeteries
    • Russian: Kandalaksha, Beloye More village, Train Station Yyamozero, Kayraly village, Alakurrti village (two cemeteries), Train Station Voyta, Staryye Prolivy, Nivsky, Kayraly, Kuolayarvi, the 50th, 63rd, 74th, and 88th kilometer of the old Kandalaksha to Alakurtti road, Kovdozero, Zarechensk, Train Station Kovda, Nivsky, Fedoseyevska.
    • German: Near Staraya Salla and near the crossing of roads to Murmansk, Saint-Petersburg, and Lupche Savino.
    • Finnish: Staraya Salla
    • Pomor: All over but especially near Kandalaksha, in Kolvitsa, and in Kuzomen.