Places in White Sea
Alternatively called Solovki, these distant, lake-dappled White Sea islands are home to one of Russia’s best-known monasteries. Transformed by Stalin into one of the USSR’s most notorious prison camps, Solovki was described in Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago as being so remote that a ‘scream from here would never be heard’. Visiting the islands is an adventure.
Kem & Rabocheostrovsk
If you’re heading for the Solovetsky Islands, the most reliable boat connection is from tiny Rabocheostrovsk, 12km northeast of the logging town of Kem and easily reachable by bus 1 (R45, 20 minutes, every 20 to 40 minutes from around 6.30am to 8.30pm) from Kem's railway station.
Outside Kem train station is pl Kirova where Sberbank has a 24-hour ATM. Pl Kirova continues east as pr Proletarsky passing the post office, where you can access the internet, after 1.5km. Some 700m beyond, pr Proletarsky meets Kemskaya Bay at a T-junction with ul Lenina. Turning left would take you to Rabocheostrovsk (12km).
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