They ordered me to translate their site into English, and immediately uploaded these translations to snowtracker.ru/en/. Last March we ourselves took part in one of their 3-4 hour tours, were impressed, and can recommend Kola Expeditions to travellers looking for the “local spirit”.
|Location||Roubles/m2||In $US at the current exchange rate of 62 roubles per $1US|
|Murmansk||37202||Just over $500/m2|
|Kola||37052||just over $500/m2|
|Monchegorsk||15000||just under $250/m2|
|Olenegorsk||17100||just under $400/m2|
|Severomorsk||35500||slightly over $500/m2|
|Polarnye Zori||30000||under $500/m2|
|Pushnoy||7895||slightly over $100/m2|
b-port.com reports that avalanche danger has been declared in Kirovsk today, with city park identified as a particularly risky area.
Watch for signs “Stop – avalanche danger”.
The authorities recommend that travellers abstain from walks in the mountains.
Highlights of the trip:
(1) The local history museum, with a visit to the house where the decision to establish the city was made:
Three said to be dead. Something like 35 windows broken.
One or two days before I got a text message from the Ministry of Emergencies advising people to avoid the Khibiny Mountains area. Turned out it can be serious out there.
First, in December 2015 one of our favourite travel companies of the Kola Peninsula, “Kola Expeditions“, have opened a Visitor Center in the City of Kirovsk, Murmansk region, near the Botanical Gardens by the Snow Village, behind the Tirvas Health Center (“Profilaktoriy Tirvas”), about two-hour drive from Kandalaksha.
Second, the Visitor Center also serves as a snowmobile center. Snowmobile tours, a total of 15 routes of varying length and level of complexity to the Khibiny Mountains, start from there. They have a set of lovingly selected snowmobiles equipped for riders of any size and shape, a team of great guides, and are famous for their love for people that cannot be described as anything less than angelic. more >>
Starts on Jan. 18 and lasts for a week the 5th festival of snow and ice sculpture “Snegoled” (“snow ‘n’ ice”). During this week participants from the Murmansk region and six other Russian regions, Scandinavia, and Latvia will be making sculptures.
The festival will end with a competition to create ice sculptures within 90 minutes, entitled “Beshenaya pila” (“Crazy chainsaw”) on Jan. 23.