Apatity is a small (about 60,000 people) town in Murmansk region, and it has a twin town named Kirovsk (about 30,000 people) in about 20 km, just under Khibiny mountains.
March and the 1st half of April are best for a comfortable winter weather good for skiing.
They are also good for seeing aurora.
Good places for excursions are:
We can organize an excursion to the Lovozero village. There is a PGI observation site there, and there is also a Husky farm nearby. However, one way journey to Lovozero takes 3 hours, so the excursion will take one full day. Please consider reserving one extra day after the meeting for it.
Another option can be a review excursion to Murmansk. Excursions will be set up and announced closer to the meeting time based on your preferences.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. There are several cafeteria and restaurants in the town which provide good meals for any time of day. Almost all of them are within 15-20 minutes walk from the institute. Costs: a full lunch menu in Khvorost cafe costs 295 RUR, a lunch/dinner from dishes of your choice may cost from 200 RUR (light meal) to 1000 RUR (full scale restaurant visit). A list of cafeteria in the vicinity of PGI will be placed here before the meeting.
Numerous shops can be found at almost any street of the town, from small ones to supermarkets.