Level : Medium
The Pomors of the Kola Peninsula
Kandalaksha – Umba – Tonya Tetrina – Kashkarantsy – Varzuga - Kandalaksha
Pomors are Russian settlers in the north of Russia that settled in these parts hundreds of years ago; they came from Arkhangelsk. Following the coast of the White and Barents seas in their boats (called lodyas or koch) they could reach even the estuary of Lena, the great river of Eastern Siberia. Pomors’ main business was in the sea: whaling, hunting sea animals, and fishing. Their immediate neighbors on the Kola Peninsula were the Sami and not infrequently they also had guests—Viking warriors from Norway.
We shall have a walking tour along the northern coast of the White Sea on the Kola Peninsula. Sami lived here for thousands of years ago, and their spiral stone labyrinths that are said to be dedicated to the sun are still left behind here. Later fishing hamlets of the Pomors appeared on this coast. In early 20th century there were hundreds of these hamlets here, yet today only around ten of them are still extant. Also, wonders of Russian wooden architecture can be seen in Varzuga—Russian Orthodox churches. The Soviet past is represented by a lighthouse and several almost deserted townships. The route of our trip is exclusively in the seashore area.
Lenth: 125 km
Duration: 6 days
Initial meeting place: city of Kandalaksha
Price per person: 21 000 RUR
Minors (under 18 years of age) get a 15% discount only if they take the trip with a parent.
Club discount - 7%
Group consists of 6-12 people
After our meeting in Kandalaksha we shall visit one of the largest Sami labyrinths in the north of Russia.
We shall reach Tonya Tetrina, a restored fishing hamlet.
After learning about the Pomors’ way of life and their daily routine we shall continue our eastward progress.
We continue our progress along the coast. Gathering edible laminaria (blade kelp) algae
Reaching the village called Kashkarantsy we shall visit a lighthouse that is still in service and a wooden church. We shall set up our camp on the coast beyond the village.
We shall reach Varzuga, a township founded as early as in the 15th century. Here wooden churches are extant and old Pomor traditions are still honored.
* Trek program can be changed due the weather conditions, physical conditions of participants, other reasons