Teriberka: the evocative photos and history of lost village acclaimed by the cinema



We are in Russia, in a village whose origins seem to date back to 1523. This was once a Saami fishing village, the Pomors.
Located in the Murmansk region, Teriberka had become a village well-developed by the end of the 19th century.

Thanks to cod and shark fishing, the village could boast a church, a lighthouse, a weather station and, between the 40s and 60s, also several livestock farms. In the 1950s, Teriberka had almost 5,000 inhabitants, a stadium, two hospitals, schools and became the administrative center of the district.

Abandoned houses against the Arctic sky. Old authentic village of Teriberka. Kola Peninsula. Russia.

But that all changed in the 1960s when the administrative center of the district was relocated. In the 1980s, the construction of two hydroelectric plants completely destroyed the migration of salmon into the river.

Today, a thousand people still live in Teriberka and this village became famous thanks to the drama “Leviathan” in 2015.
Shot in this village and on the coast by Alexei Zvyagintsev, the film won the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festivaland.

Since then more and more tourists visit this village in search of nature and screenshots of the film.


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