The city of Kirovsk (Murmansk region) is a compact in size, but very picturesque city, which is located on the Kola Peninsula 210 km from the city of Murmansk. Kirovsk is one of the centers of skiing in Russia. The city is located right at the foot of the Khibin – the largest mountain range on the peninsula. Two ski resorts operate here – Big Woodyavr (Big Wood) and Kukisvumchorr.
Big Woodyavr (Big Wood) is located on the North and South slopes of Mount Aikuayvenchorr. There are 5 tow lifts, a chairlift, as well as a gondola-chairlift. The highest point on the North Slope is 850 m, on the South – 1,060 m above sea level. The total height difference is 550 m.
Kukisvumchorr is located on the southern slope of the mountain of the same name. There are 3 ski lifts, as well as a baby lift. The highest point of Mount Kukisvumchorr is 890 m above sea level, the elevation difference is 520 m.
The region has developed geological and geological-mineralogical tourism. One of the most popular routes is a visit to the Tietta memorial of the Fersman’s Khibiny research mountain station of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, which burned down during the Second World War and was later rebuilt, and then renamed the modern Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Also, tourists are advised to visit the Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden Institute (Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens), to admire the fabulous Lake Big Wudyavr, which is very picturesque stretches its shores between the mountains of Kirovsk.
Of course, the main attraction of the city can be considered its natural landscape. However, there are other places that may be of interest to tourists. For example, the Museum and Exhibition Center Apatit, where you can get acquainted with a huge collection of various minerals and rocks for free. It is also recommended to visit the Museum of Local History of the city of Kirovsk, Murmansk Region. For those who are interested in the history of the Soviet state, it may be useful to visit House-Museum of S.M. Kirov. In Kirovsk, your attention will also be attracted by the Church of the Savior of the Holy Face of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its walls are painted in bright colors.
The infrastructure of Kirovsk is developing quite actively. Due to the growth of domestic and foreign tourist flow, new hotels and cafes and restaurants and other entertainment establishments are opening here. Therefore, having arrived in Kirovsk in order to go skiing or snowboarding, you will definitely find something to do on days off from activities.
There are many establishments in the city where you can have a tasty meal and have a good time. We would recommend you a cafe-bar “V svoej tarelke”, Bar Barevich, restaurant “Fusion”, coffee shop “Ofelia”. Kirovsk also has an ice palace and several pools.