Rye dough figurine celebration in Kuzreka

Rye dough ritual figurine celebration took place in Kuzreka yesterday, August 8. That was the 8th event of this sort, and this time it attracted a crowd of 2000, including the representatives of the regional authorities and a bunch of folk music groups.

Part of the festival was the scarecrow competition. The only part of the festivities that made me regret I wasn’t there in person.

Here are some pictures of the event borrowed from hibiny.com:

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A small mid-October camping trip

This last weekend I was made to drag my ass along the south edge of the Kola Peninsula to the so-called Nos (“nose”) Cape, just east of the Golden Gate and Tetrina fishing base and ~3 miles to the village of Kuzreka. The latter is famous as the site of the Pomor ritual cookie festival and is, incidentally, open to foreign travellers despite Russian submarines regularly surfacing in the bay.


A popular summer destination among the locals, in the middle of October it was populated only by us, a fishing family from Apatity, and a bear who left numerous footprints


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Our traditional August vacation in Kuzomen has started

This is one of the easiest yet most interesting routes around the Kola Peninsula. You can do that alone or by hiring Uncle Pasha as your driver, guide, and translator.


Below are travel notes from the first two days on the road. These are useful (facts) and useless (beautiful sights). more >>

Accommodation in the Kuzreka village

  • A small one-room woodstove-heated bright red house right on the river. Great view. No shower. Indoor toilet opening right into the river. Tel. +7 911 326 30 78, +7 911 323 19 02. Natalya Kogina


  • Bath, barbecue grill, fishing, tours, equipment rental. A project by Umba-Discovery. Tel. +7 911 328 14 00.
  • gest_house_kuzrekaA two-story house, fireplace, wood stove, gas. 500-700 roubles per person per night, depending on the number of guests. Linen, dishes, kitchen utensils included. Motor boat rental 2500 roubles/day. Tours. Alexey Buyanov, no telephone, no e-mail, contact him through his VK page.