Apatity is a mining town on the Kola Peninsula in northern Russia. It derives its name from the mineral apatite, an abundant natural resource in the area that is the basis for phosphate based fertilisers.
Apatity has 2 railway stations, the main station 2 Apatity-1 is the main rail transport hub and your likely entry point to the city. 3 Apatity-2 is on a side loop primarily serving the industrial facilities to the north of the city, and of little interest to travellers.
- 1 Lenin Monument (Памятник Ленину). A nearly 3 m tall Lenin statue on a pedestal in the centre of the city. Traditionally on 22 April, the monument is decorated with flowers for Lenin's birthday.
- 2 Kola Science Centre (Кольский научный центр РАН). A prestigious research institute specialised in geology and mineralogy. Some of the most famous mineralogist of the Soviet Union built their careers here. One of the most impressive instruments on display is the neutron monitor, one of the longest running of its kind in the world to detect cosmic radiation.
- 3 Belkov Geological and Mineralogical Museum, Fersmana 14, ✉ email@example.com. Internationally renowned systematic mineralogical collection with thousands of specimens on display, including the numerous species native to the Kola Peninsula. The museum's collection has been growing steadily since its inception in 1930, making it also one of the oldest mineralogical collections on the peninsula.