Kildin is a small Russian island in the Barents Sea, off the Russian shore, and about 120 km from Norway. The Kildin island is strategically positioned near the mouth of the Kola Bay, just 1,5 km off the coast of the Kola Peninsula. Until 1995, it housed the 616th specialized coastal missile regiment.
Since its establishment on the island in 1957, the regiment operated the S-2 cruise missiles and later the newer generation P-35. The missile complex was operated from underground facilities and was aimed at approaching enemy surface vessels.
During World War 2 on the island were many tunnels, underground facilities for commanders, and storages. Back in the Soviet times, transport communication on the island was organized by the military. The military left the island in 1995, and the Kildin got deserted.
The climate in the north-western part is severe, typically the Arctic, but the southern and eastern parts, which go down to the sea, in summer look like alpine meadows.
Urban Explorers from ComDig | Urban Exploration Group in 2020 made a trip to The Kildin island and made stunning photos of abandoned military equipment. In the past, four vessels connected the island with the mainland. Nowadays, only one of them passes by, sailing from Murmansk to Ostrovnoy.