Central Kola's second-biggest town, Apatity is an akademgorodok, a town of chemists responsible for processing the raw product from Kirovsk’s apatite mines (hence the name) and home to nine research institutes. Several of those have ‘museums’ – by appointment, more specialist visitors can arrange a guided visit to a second Mineralogy Museum on the top floor of the Kola Scientific Centre. Friendly academics speak...
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