A thousand miles from Moscow, a thousand kilometres from St. Petersburg, the Arctic community of Kandalaksha, on the frozen shores of the White Sea in Murmansk oblast’, is one of Russia’s most northerly places. Founded 500 years ago as a fishing village, but with an aluminium smelter and locomotive depot giving the town an industrial purpose under the Soviet Union, Kandalaksha has been forgotten for the last twenty years. It is now only a dot on the vast Kola Peninsula – a 100,000 square kilometre expanse of pine forest between the White and Barents Seas.
See my photographs from Kandalaksha, and read more about the Kola Peninsula, in The Russian Student.
– For an English-speaking guide in Kandalaksha, contact Uncle Pasha at kandalaksha.su.