Russian North. Above the Polar Circle. Kola Peninsula (4 nights)
Aurora Borealis - a Window to Space
December above the Polar Circle doesn’t have any sunshine. The Sun starts to be visible in the second half of January. At the night sky Aurora Borealis appears above snow fluffy blankets covering the Northern Land. The cities are illuminated by thousand lights as if it is constant celebration. When you are in Murmansk you can see the First nuclear icebreaker Lenin. Being on Kola Peninsula you can meet reindeers and Husky; you can watch Saami life in their settlement, try snowmobiling and have fun in Snow Village at the foot of majestic Khibiny mountains.
We cannot create Aurora Borealis or to book it from The God ? as well as to guarantee the clear cloudless sky. We can do a broadcasting but not earlier than 1-2 days in front with probability of Northern Lights appearing of 90%. So, we offer our tours without reservation of our guide for Aurora Borealis watching. If there is the good broadcasting for appearance of Northern Lights the guide comes to the hotel to collect you for “hunting”.
Arrival in Murmansk airport. Since this very moment you get chance to see Northern Lights. Look at the sky from time to time to catch it! Meeting and transfer to the Ogni Murmanska hotel, check-in. (The hotel is located on a rock above the city and far away from the city lights. Behind the hotel there is an interactive park where you can have fun as well as the hotel has an Aqua park.) Dinner is recommended in a restaurant of the hotel. Overnight.
Breakfast. At 08.00 transfer to Kirovsk city and check-in at a hotel upon arrival around 11pm. Lunch on your own. After Lunch ask a reception to call a taxi for you to come to the Snow Village (5 km). It is a big construction made of snow with ice sculptures and snow wall labyrinths. You can have fun sledging down from a snow hill on “a pancake” or on “a banana” pulled by a snowmobile. At 14.00 take a snowmobile safari. After changing clothes and short introduction, start to drive to Khibiny mountains. You go snowmobiling via Maly Vudyavr valley and Kukisvumsk valley to the top point to see the mountain from a bird eye. Then you drive back to the Snow village. Ask a guide to call a taxi for you to go back to Kirovsk ask reception. Dinner is recommended in a restaurant of the hotel. Overnight. (B)
Breakfast. You can hike in Kirovsk city surrounded by majestic Khibiny mountains to see its severe beauty. It is recommended to visit the Interactive Mineralogical and Mining Museum located almost in front of the hotel (free entrance). Check-out. At 11.30 transfer to Saami settlement appeared at a place of traditional reindeer grazing areas. Saami who live there have a way of life which almost has not changed over the last century. They possess a rich, unique folklore and many still wear the distinctive and colourful traditional Lappish clothing. There are some traditional dwellings with floor covered by reindeer fur (Kuvaksa) standing at the place. You will see nine wooden idols symbolizing the natural elements and human needs and feelings and will conduct ritual actions to tell your wishes and appeal to the Saami spirits. Several beautiful reindeers are always in the settlement and they like to be stroked and fed with carrot and bread. Also there are foxes and polar foxes, hares and Husky dogs. You can play some Saami traditional games and try your hand at throwing a lasso as well as to ride on sledge pulled by reindeers. Try a traditional Saami snack of fish soup and herbal tea. Those who like may put on Saami clothes and make photos with reindeers. It is possible to buy reindeer fur, items made of reindeer horns, stones and wood, special northern souvenirs. After the 3 hour program we proceed to Monchegorsk – the next city on Kola Peninsula. Check-in at hotel Laplandia upon arrival around 6-7 PM. Monchegorsk is a beautiful city in the middle of Kola. The park of the city has snow hills for sledging, a stadium possibilities for skating on Weekends, or you can have fun in a Carting Center. Dinner in a recommended restaurant. Overnight. (BL)
Breakfast and check-out. At 09.00 a taxi comes to bring you to the Siberian Husky farm. From a side of the road you are picked up by a sledge pulled by a snowmobile to reach the Husky farm in the forest. You can communicate with the charming and sweet dogs and Northern reindeers. Sledging behind dogs and reindeers will leave unforgettable impression. Later you will have dinner in a traditional dwelling named CHUM (like wigwam) and listen stories about Northern nature and local traditions. Around 1pm you proceed to Murmansk. Check-in at the Arktika hotel upon arrival around 4 pm. The hotel is located in the very city center. Dinner is recommended in a restaurant of the hotel. Overnight. (BL)
Breakfast. At 09:00 a guide comes to the hotel to collect you for the city excursion with visiting places of interests, making panoramic photos and an excursion to the first nuclear icebreaker “Lenin”. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to the airport. (BL)
2 nights in a tourist class hotels in Murmansk incl. breakfast
Group size: from 1 to 16 pax
Duration: 5 days
25.12.2018 - 29.12.2018,
05.01.2019 - 09.01.2019,
09.02.2019 - 13.02.2019,
09.03.2019 - 13.03.2019,
23.03.2019 - 27.03.2019
Price: group 15 – 16 peoples - 690 EUR per person