Population ~30 thousand. Hills, lakes, rivers. 120km north-east from Kandalaksha, very near to Apatity, a partdise for seekers of industrial antiutopia.

Wheat as the symbol of Kirovsk does not mean it grows here. Apatite is mined and processed into phosphate fertilizers in Kirovsk, fertilizers in turn make things grow, thus the emblem of Kirovsk.

The city is named after Kirov, a Bolshevik leader assassinated in 1934, thus all these Kirovsks, Kirovs, Kirovograds etc. The system of suffixes allows extensive recycling of a small number of words. Each Russian city will have at least one Ulitsa Kirova. In Kandalaksha we live on Kirovskaya. Unavoidable. This region was industrialized in the late 30s, during the Kirov-naming mania. Still, Kirovsk itself looks and feels quite civilized and cultured.

Of attractions it is the Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens.

I would also mention, for those into “culture”, the museum of writer Venedikt Yerofeyev best known for his “prose poem” Moscow to the End of the Line (originally Moscow to Petushki). Here is the English translation of the book [the link to is no longer active as of June 4 2016], and you may wan to see the Moscow to Petushki film by Pawel Pawlilikowski, with English subtitles.

Of events, Kirovsk is known for its annual snow sculpture festival in the beginning of March. More about this event >>

Kirovsk is right by the foot of the Hibiny mountains, and attracts scores of film makers. Dyatlov Pass was filmed in Kirovsk. Speaking of scenery, see posts tagged with filming locations and Categories > Filming & photography.

As to practical matters, for accommodation try

..Kirovsk hotels, apartments, and rooms moved to a separate page >>

The official tourist information center at Prospekt Lenina 7 (Central Square), tel. +7 81531 55711,, This is a municipal establishment so adjust your expectations.

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Kirovsk — 1 Comment

  1. Hello,

    you link to “” in the context of culture
    this page is not active anymore, please take off this link, I get some 404errors from this link ;=

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