Stumbled into the following on barentsinfo.org:
Beautiful Kandalaksha – a new, undiscovered tourist destination by the White Sea
Travelling eastward along Barents Road, the fi rst Russian city to crop up after the border is Kandalaksha. A community with a dramatic history, it lies nestled in natural beauty on the White Sea. This is an area well worth a visit, a ”mere” 500 km from the eastern Swedish border.
It’s often said that the journey is worth the trip, but in Kandalaksha’s case, the destination is the highlight. Once you’ve passed the border crossing at Salla, the road is lined with memories from the Great Patriotic War, as World War II was called in Russia. Large stone monuments with flowers, rusty shell cases and helmets are reminders of the battles on the Finnish- Russian front.