At the moment I’m working, with progressing desperation, on finding a ride for a fellow who needs to get from Salla to Kandalaksha on Monday, July 16. Here are some notes on my progress, shared in hope they may be useful to travellers.
It turns out that most passenger vans make their runs towards the weekend, leaving Thursdays or Fridays, and the traffic is generally down in the summer. Last time I undertook a search like that on March 2 2018. Here is some additional information:
She ventured there on a bus and made it as far as Kemijarvi and Rovaniemi. No lineup at the Salla crossing, no strip searches, all smooth and easy. Very happy with the Landmark Travel Hotel in Rovaniemi. Stories coming up. Compared to Russia things there seem so simple and straight-forward as to be hardly worth documenting.
The best advice found so far at the Travel to Finland forum is to find a place called R-kioski in the center of Salla (the first Finnish town after you cross the border if going from Kandalaksha) and get unlimited internet from Elisa for 6.6Euro for 10 days.
The original text from an unknown source, recived from Alexandra, is below. Not important enough to to translate but I’ll keep it for the record. The point is something is brewing. In spite of famous Russian inefficiencies A LOT of talk usually preceeds something or other happening. ..