Northern lights and Russian North

Snowy fairytale

Tour Description (pdf)
3 days/2 nights

Overview:

Exploring the nature of Kola Peninsula is an inspiring event especially in wintertime. There are kilometers of empty snowy valleys, bald mountains under the dark starry sky of the Polar night’s period with a mystical glow of Aurora Borealis. Experience Russian winter weather and Russian winter entertainments during this trip beyond the Polar Circle.

Day 1

A morning flight from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Murmansk. The Saami nomadic people were the main ethnic group, living on the territory of Kola Peninsula. We are going to visit the local heritage center that preserved the culture and traditions of Saami, situated on Lovozero Lake 170 km from the airport. Reindeer breeding and cod and salmon fishing were always the main source of income for Saami people.
Let’s meet and feed reindeer and friendly northern dogs Husky, try traditional fish soup, play some traditional Saami games and have deer-drawn sledge ride! Transfer to Kirovsk, a town at the root of Khibini Mountains.
At night we are going to search for the Northern lights. Their appearance depends on solar activity and current weather. The evening air should be frosty and the sky clear. The Aurora season lasts from the end of September up until the end of March, and it usually appears from 9 p.m. to midnight. Overnight stay in hotel in Kirovsk.

Day 2

After breakfast we will visit the Snow Village. It is an amazing town made of snow. Every year the creation of Snow village unites the most prominent snow artists of Russia. There are houses, bars, figures, art objects, slopes and even a Wedding Palace – all are made of snow and decorated according to particularly selected theme. One can also try snow tubing and air-banana ride by the snow mobile. After having fun in the Snow village, we will have a 1,5 hour snowmobile tour in a valley. Lunch at the café. And Kirovsk city tour will give you an idea of how people live so far in the north. A visit to a museum center Apatit where you will learn all about the developed industry of the region.
Transfer to Murmansk (210 km), overnight stay in hotel in Murmansk

Day 3

Breakfast.
The last day is devoted to the capital of the region, the city of Murmansk. It was founded just before the Revolution of 1917 as the most northern ice free port, to become the so-called ‘Gates to the Arctic’. It hosts the biggest nuclear icebreaker fleet in Russia. During the city tour you will visit the famous soviet nuclear icebreaker Lenin and the museum of Northern fleet. Lunch is included.
Transfer to the airport.

Number of people 10+1 15+1 25+1
Price per person
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Included

2 nights at central-located hotels 3*-4*in Kirovsk and Murmansk
Airport-hotel-airport transfers;
Guided tours and entrance fees;
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches;
Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included

Domestic and International flights
Visa issues
Personal travel insurance

Included activities:

  • Saami village visit with 3 hours’ program
  • The Snow village visit
  • 1,5 hours Snowmobile tour with an instructor and all necessary equipment
  • Museum of Mountain industry visit
  • Murmansk city tour
  • Lenin Icebreaker visit
  • Museum on Northern Fleet visit

 

Optional activities:

  • Dinners
  • Husky farm visit
  • A Secret forest visit