We’ve personally visited it today and are happy to provide this report.
The village of Kolvitsa is 30km east from Kandalaksha, near the Kandalaksha to Umba and Varzuga road. The guesthouse will suite those travelling along the route or those whose destination is Kolvitsa itself. The Kolvitsa Bay, where the guesthouse is situated, is one of the most picturesque places along the south edge of the Kola peninsula. Artists like coming here. Click here to see some pictures painted in Kolvitsa. Also Kolvitsa is good for sea, river, and lake fishing, picking mushrooms and berries, or just walking around.
Responses left in the guestbook often mention house owners’ hospitality, the place’s coziness, and presence of a banya. Guests are especially delighted by homemade bread and pirogies, jams, fresh fish, and a deck with a spectacular view.
Here is how the book’s official announcement in English will look like:
About The Trip to Kolvitsa
At the core of this book is a series of interviews with Kolvitsa old-timers, the oldest of whom were born in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Many of those interviewed are direct descendants of a small group of Karelian migrants who moved here and founded the village in early 90s of the 19th century. These interviews were mostly taken and processed in the Fall of 2014 and, together with historic background, provide a comprehensive view onto the origin and history of the village.
The book starts with a historic overview of lands around Kolvitsa, first mentioned in the middle of the 16th century as property of the Monastery of Holy Virgin in Kandalaksha. more >>
Kolvitsa, one of several villages along the Kandalaksha coast of the White Sea, has a rich and unique history. Unlike other, Pomor, villages, Kolvitsa was founded by migrants from Karelia, and thus maintained, for many years, its cultural and linguistic uniqueness.
Been there. Here are a few photos from the event.
The village of Kolvitsa is celebrating its 120 year anniversary. The Youth Center “Garmonia” and Kola Ecological Center invite everybody to the village celebration to be held on June 29 at 2pm on the bridge over the Kolvitsa river.
The program includes opening a memorial stone and a meeting with Nikolay Kolychev (the author of Kandalaksha anthem) and other Kandalaksha poets. A tour along the eco-trail “Kolvitsa river” towards the Black Padun waterfalls will be offered.
A regular bus to Kolvitsa is leaving the Kandalaksha bus station at 12:30.
For more information call (8-815-33) 9-40-46 or +7 921 162 09 49, ask for Ludmila Alexandrova, the head of the Kandalaksha Tourist Info Center.
At the moment it is in Russian only but the author is a good friend of mine, and I’ll be getting Pasha to translate and adapt it for English-speaking travellers.