Solikamsk, former capital of the Urals and salt cellar of Russia
(literally: “salts of Kama”) is the most northern town in the Perm province.
It was founded in 1430. Even though Solikamsk is not particularly big,
yet it is a very well-known place throughout Russia for its salt industry.
In the 16th century, large amounts of salt were found in the northern
Kama area and Solikamsk was erected in no-time to be the only salt mining
town in the whole country. The ‘salt-cellar’ of Russia mined (and still
mines) many types of salt, processed them to consumption and industrial
salt and used the Kama river to ship the salts to the large Russian
cities in the west.
The city gained importance by the year and even grew out to be the
official capital of the Urals 1636 tot 1738! The industry was at its
peak in the 17th century. After the state declared Solikamsk to gain
state monopoly for salt and started dominating the production, the
flourishing industry was brought to a decline, nearly resulting in
complete termination in the late 1870’s. However, in 1887, the Ustj-Borovskoy
salt factory was built and Solikamsk once again became the main salt
producer of Russia. Solikamsk still holds this title today as modern
factories and mines were built in the 1980’s.
Departure from Perm to Solikamsk (220kms.) by car/minibus
with guide. Guide gives information along the road.
Arrival in Solikamsk, at the working “Silvinit” salt
mines. Change clothing to miners-outfit and instruction for mine excursion.
Start of excursion into the mine-shafts,
with English speaking guide and mine engineer. On excursion you
will see all assets of salt mining (transportation, excavation,
processing, etc., taking pictures is allowed). Note that the Silvinit
salt mines are modern and CLEAN mines and should in no way be compared
with, for example, coal mines.
Return from the mines, shower/sauna.
Lunch in mine canteen (included)
Excursion in Silvinit Museum , explanation
of history and development of salt mining.
Excursion in the ancient city centre
of Solikamsk, the former capital of the Ural Mountains. Climb
bell tower, and visit several small museums.
Dinner (included) in café/restaurant in Solikamsk
Departure to Perm
Arrival at hotel in Perm
Salt City tour
in euro (€), subject to change
For group prices (min. 10 persons), please inquire
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