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In search of the northern lights

Destination: Kola Peninsula
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
3 Days
January - March
Highlights
  • Possibility to watch the northern lights
  • Acquaintance with the culture and life of the Sami people
  • Dog and reindeer sledding
  • Snowmobiling in the Khibiny Mountains
  • Visit of the biggest Arctic city
  • Comfortable accommodation in Kirovsk
  • Tour accessible for everybody
Tour Overview

For those who would like to visit the North of the Arctic Circle we propose our tour “In search of the northern lights”. This tour is available for everybody: for adventure seekers, for families with children or just for those who would like to escape the noisy city.  

You will visit Murmansk - the biggest city located in the extreme Northwest part, you will snowmobile in the biggest mountain range of Khibiny, you will visit the Snowy village with a huge number of labyrinths and ice sculptures, you will ride the dog and reindeer sleighs through the snow-capped taiga. Among other things, you will get acquaintance with the traditions of the Sami people and, of course, will taste their national dishes.

There on the Kola Peninsula, you have a possibility to observe the most mysterious and at the same time the most spectacular natural phenomenon – the northern lights. Of course, we cannot book for you the clear sky and the northern lights, but we can propose to you an interesting tour with the best dates for searching of this phenomenon.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the world of Arctic – its rich culture and endless white spaces!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Aquiantance with Murmansk city
    Murmansk — Kirovsk
  • Day 2
    Snowy village and snowmobile safari
    Kirovsk
  • Day 3
    Dog-sledding and Sami reindeer herders
    Kirovsk — Murmansk
  • 11:00
    Arrival to the Murmansk airport
    Meeting with your driver. Transfer to the city centre. *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the chosen flight.
  • 12:00
    Lunch in teh city's cafe
  • 13:00
    Murmansk city-tour
    Excursion in Murmansk - the biggest city north of the Arctic circle. Murmansk is a city situated in the bay of the Barents sea. the city's port is considered as the principal sea gate of the North Russia. During this excursion, we will visit the first nuclear ice-breaker "Lenin", built in 1957.
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Kirovsk
  • 20:00
    Northern lights watching
    Meeting with your driver and guide in the hotel for driving out of the city where the northern lights are brighter. *If the broadcast is bad for this day, the watching will be organised the 2 day.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Kirovsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel of Kirovsk
Twin room
Note

  (50km)

cultural exploration  (50km)

3 h transfer  (212km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Visit of the Snowy village
    We will go to the Snowy village that is real village with ice sculptures and snowy labyrinths with the surface more then 2000 m². it's a real winter fairy-tale !
  • 14:00
    Snowmobile safari
    You will snowmobile to the north part of the Khibiny Mountains till the highest mountain Kuelporr. This itinerary is simple enough and no special preparation is required.
  • 15:00
    Lunch
    After the snowmobiling, you will served the shashlik (Russian bbq) and a glass of mulled wine !
  • 19:00
    Return to Kirovsk
    Rest.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Kirovsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel of Kirovsk
Twin room
Note

4 h snowmobiles  (45km)

  (25km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Husky farm
    After visit of the kennel, there will be the dog and reindeer sledding !
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    There will be served dishes of teh Sami cuisine.
  • 14:00
    Visit ot the Sami village
    You will get acquaintance with the life of aboriginals of the North - Sami people, their culture and traditions.
  • 16:00
    Transfer to the Murmansk airport
    End of the programme. *The programme can be extended according to your suggestions.
Photo of the day
Route
Kirovsk — Murmansk
Note

1 h dog sledding  (1km)

Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • Dog sled rental
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Letter of invitation
  • Snowmobile and equipment rental
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Medical insurance
  • Ice studs for shoes
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure for the group from 2 persons. Attention! The English-speaking guide is included for the excursion in Murmansk city, for the northern lights watching and and visit of the husky farm. For the rest of the programme, there will be the Russian-speaking guide. Single supplement - 2 840 roubles. Snow-shoes rental - 550 roubles / per day. The price includes 2 hours of the northern light hunting (guide and car services). You can extend this service paying on site. Please, take attention, that the northern lights can not be guaranteed.

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Patrice
From 18 June 2018 to 28 June 2018
Destination: Chukotka
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BaikalNature est très pro, je suis partis pour une Aventure et j'ai eu mon Aventure. Le seul handicap sérieux : Evgueny, sympathique et captivant, ne parlant que Russe et du coup je ne savais jamais ce que j'allais faire dans les minutes suivantes, dur !
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Christian
From 20 May 2018 to 27 May 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourVoyage individuel au lac Baïkal
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Nous avons particulièrement appréciée notre guide Maria
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From 23 February 2018 to 4 March 2018
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Anne
From 6 March 2018 to 11 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Le lac Baikal est une expérience formidable. Y passer une nuit sous la tente est intéressant mais pour y passer plusieurs nuits, il faut nettement améliorer la qualité de chauffage et des repas. Une journée sans rien faire sur le lac n'est pas intéressant. Trop d 'heures de transfert en minibus sans aucune activité. Je conseille vivement d'améliorer le rapport activités / temps en transfert. La nuit
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BaikalNature's reply
Anne, merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire! Vue les conditions spécifiques de la préparation des repas sur glace, nous continuons d'améliorer leur qualité pour chaque saison. En ce qui concerne la nuit supplémentaire sur la glace, nous l'avons ajouté selon les suggestions de nos touristes. Il y a des choses à faire: bania, patinage, Ice bar et bien sûr balades calmes sur les glaces et torosses. Ce
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Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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