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New Year's Eve 2018 in the Arctic Circle

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
5 Days
December - January
Highlights
  • Sami village far from the civilization
  • Possibility to see the northern lights
  • Very unusual celebration of the New Year
  • Acquaintance with the local herders
  • Pure nature of the Russian north
  • Traditional cuisine of the North
  • Customs and traditions of the Sami people
Tour Overview

The Kola Peninsula is a real kingdom of the Russian North.  It’s very special Russian region – virgin, picturesque and severe. It’s impossible de describe it in words: how can we translate into words the beauty of the northern lights or the cordiality of the local people? It’ s a thing to see and to feel yourself. We propose to you to celebrate the most expected and fantastic holiday of the year there – on the Kola peninsula.

You will go to the ancient Sami village – Krasnoshchelye, the reindeer herders village. Thanks to the fact that this village is not accessible by car and there are no power poles, the local people have saved the unhurried country lifestyle, the pure nature and the special originality.

You will ride the reindeer sledge through the snow covered tundra, taste the dishes of the Sami cuisine, see the northern lights, get acquaintance with the culture and local traditions and, of course, you will celebrate the New Year in the traditional nomad Sami dwelling – kuvaksa.

The New Year is a time for trying something new. What is more impressive and unusual then the holiday at the edge of the world ?

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Through the Sami tundra on the sledge
    Murmansk — Krasnoshchelye village
  • Day 2
    Happy New Year !
    Krasnoshchelye village
  • Day 3
    Far North Russian traditions
    Krasnoshchelye village
  • Day 4
    Reindeer sledge riding
    Krasnoshchelye village
  • Day 5
    Return to Murmansk
    Krasnoshchelye village — Murmansk
  • 10:30
    Arrival to Murmansk
    Meeting with your guide and driver, transfer to the Lovozero village, the starting point of our tour.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Departure to the Krasnoshchelye village
    After the lunch, a brief introduction and instructing, packing luggage, dressing up in warm clothing (Sovik, a coat of reindeer fur) and felt boots. Then we start to move on a sled behind a snowmobile to village Krasnoshchelye. En routes, we will make some stops for the rest and photos and will go by the frozen lakes and snow covered swamps. The Krasnoshchelye village is an ancient Sami village that is almost cut off the civilization. This village is accessible only on sledge or snowmobile in winter or by plane in summer. The main peculiarity of the village is its location - on the left bank of the river Ponoy in the pine forest. There is no roads and industrial enterprises. The real paradise of the fresh air !
  • 16:00
    Arrival and accommodation in the guest house
    The guest house is situated in the picturesque place in the pine forest. In the house there are 4 living rooms (2 bunk beds in one room), living room, dry toilet and Russian banya.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    The delicious dinner of the local dishes of the Sami cuisine.
  • 20:00
    Banya (Russian sauna)
    After the banya, you can have a rest sitting at the campfire place in the national dwelling kuvaksa or at the outside campfire watching possible northern lights.
  • Overnight in the guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Krasnoshchelye village
Accommodation
Accommodation in the guest house of Krasnoschelye
Room in the guest house
Note

2 h transfer  (140km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion in the village
    Firstly, we will visit the ethnographic and cultural centre and the local museum - the theoretical part about the local people life. You will know how the real "tundra guardians" since the beginning of time live at the Extreme north and why their hearts remain hot and local people are friendly and hospitable.
  • 12:00
    Visit of the Christmas Fair
    We will visit the Christmas Fair with its souvenirs made of leather, bone, wood, burl, beads, and so on and shop of culinary products of local craftsmen. We will watch the photo exhibition of an aboriginal photographer.
  • 14:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Rest and banya
    After lunch we start to prepare for sauna. Those who like may participate in splitting firewood and bringing water from the well. When it is ready, enjoy the Russian sauna with birch and juniper twigs. Then you need some rest before the night celebration of the New Year.
  • 21:00
    Dinner
    The festive dinner in the traditional Sami dwelling – kuvaksa. Celebration of teh New Year in the open air near the fireplace. It's possible that this evening you will see the northern lights - a good alternative to the noisy city celebration !
  • Overnight in the guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Krasnoshchelye village
Accommodation
Accommodation in the guest house of Krasnoschelye
Room in the guest house
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Open air festival
    Today there will be very rich programme and everybody will find something to his liking. In the morning, the national sport games and dances around the New Year tree. The folklore group will show you the traditional rites and ceremonies. Even if you don't believe in superstitions, you should make the acquaintance with these rites. Who knows, maybe they will make your New Year really happy ?
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    There will be the shashlyk (barbecue) of vineson and the traditional tea from the Russian samovar heated by coals.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the programme
    Sledge and snowmobile riding. You will see the real northern reindeer and local herders. if you want, you can put on the traditional Sami costumes and make photos against a background of the picturesque north landscapes.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the kuvaksa
  • Overnight in the guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Krasnoshchelye village
Accommodation
Accommodation in the guest house of Krasnoschelye
Room in the guest house
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Meeting with the reindeer herders
    Today you will visit the real camp of the reindeer herders, you will know their way of living in this severe region and; of course, you will ride the reindeer sledge through the frozen lakes and snow covered tundra.
  • 14:00
    Lunch
    Lunch under the national ceremonies, around the campfire.
  • 15:00
    Excursion to the ethnographic centre
    You will get acquaintance with the history and culture of the local people: Sami, Nenets and Komi.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    In the evening we have dinner of just caught fish from the Ponoy River.
  • Overnight in the guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Krasnoshchelye village
Accommodation
Accommodation in the guest house of Krasnoschelye
Room in the guest house
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to the Lovozero village
    Preparing for leaving, packing luggage, dressing in warm clothes. Then we start to move on a sled behind a snowmobile to Lovozero village.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picninc en route)
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Murmansk
    After having arrived to Lovozero village, we change our transport and go to Murmansk city by private bus.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Murmansk
    Transfer to the hotel. End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Krasnoshchelye village — Murmansk
Note

2 h transfer  (160km)

Detailed description
Departures
December, 30 2017
Start
-
January, 03 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
981 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Banya
  • Celebratory dinner with alcoholic beverages
  • Letter of invitation
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The departure is guaranteed. During the tour the national warm clothes are furnished.

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