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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
4 Days
January - February
Highlights
  • Possibility to watch the northern lights
  • Acquaintance with the culture and life of the Sami people
  • Dog and reindeer sledding
  • Visit of the biggest Arctic city
  • Comfortable accommodation in Kirovsk
  • Tour accessible for everybody
  • Visit of the unique largest snow complex in Russia - "Snow village"
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
  • Day 2
    Dog-sledding and Sami reindeer herders
    Murmansk — Kirovsk
  • Day 3
    Snowy village
    Kirovsk
  • Day 4
    Return to Murmansk
    Kirovsk — Murmansk
  • 11:00
    Arrival to the Murmansk airport
    Meeting with your driver and guide. Transfer to the city centre. *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the chosen flight.
  • 12:00
    Lunch in the 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.
  • 14:00
    Visit of the Local History Museum and Lenin Icebreaker
    Nowhere is there a better to learn about the history of Murmansk, besides the local history museum of the city. This is the oldest museum of the region, founded on October 17, 1926, which is located in a building that is a historical monument of the city. Then, you will visit no less unique place of world renown. "Lenin" is the world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker built in the Soviet Union, primarily to serve the Northern Sea Route.
  • Overnight in the hotel
    You will spend the night in the Azimut Hotel, the former Arktika Hotel. This is a calling card of the city and the tallest building in the Arctic Circle.
Photo of the day
Nuclear Icebreaker Lenin
Route
Murmansk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Azimut Hotel Murmansk
Chambre double (deux lits ou un grand lit)
Note

  (50km)

cultural exploration  (262km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure to Kirovsk
  • 12:00
    Husky farm
    Today, you will visit a sled dog kennel and learn a fascinating story about northern sled dogs and dog sled racing! After visit of the kennel, there will be the dog sledding !
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    After a fun ride, you will enjoy a hot delicious homemade lunch!
  • 15:00
    Visit of the Sami village
    Full immersion in the Sami culture is the best way to understand the locals. You will get acquaintance with the life of aboriginals of the North - Sami people, their culture and traditions. The excursion includes acquaintance with national housing, Sami games and snowmobiling, the opportunity to see the Sami wildlife. After all, you will taste delicious dishes of Sami cuisine and have a photo session in national costumes.
  • 19:00
    Arrival in Kirovsk
    Check-in in the hotel and rest.
  • 19:40
    Dinner Not included
  • 22:00
    Northern light hunting
    Today, you are going in search of the northern lights. If you are lucky, you can watch this amazing northern phenomenon.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Kirovsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel of Kirovsk
Twin room
Note

4 h transfer  (260km)

  (235km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the snow village
  • 10:20
    Excursion to the snowy village
    Tourist center "Snow Village" - a unique project, founded in 2008. When the first snow falls in Khibiny, snow construction begins at the foot of Mount Vudyavrchorr. In 2012, the snow structures in Kirovsk were recognized as the largest in Russia. So "Snow Village" entered the Book of Records of Russia as the largest closed construction of the snow area of 2014 square. m. There is even an Ice Palace of marriages!
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 22:00
    Northern light hunting
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Kirovsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel of Kirovsk
Twin room
Note

transfer  (7km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the airoport of Murmansk
    End of the programme. *The programme can be extended according to your suggestions.
Photo of the day
Route
Kirovsk — Murmansk
Note

3 h transfer  (210km)

Detailed description
Departures
January, 23 2021
Start
-
January, 26 2021
End
Available: 4+
Status
924 $
Basic price per person
February, 06 2021
Start
-
February, 09 2021
End
Available: 4+
Status
924 $
Basic price per person
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
  • 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
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure for the group from 4 persons. If there are less participants, the price will be recalculated. Single supplement - 5 800 roubles. 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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Dirk
From 4 March 2020 to 11 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourIndividual Grand Crossing Tour
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
This was a very good organised trip over the lake. I worked very well with Olga. It was a nice cooperation. some remarks: - The homestay in Ust-Barguzin could have been better. If I knew that there were two families and how the beds were divided, then I could have prepared the group and it would be less chaotic. - Some of the group were disappointed that we didn't walk all the way. On the first day
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Thank you for your feedback! We would like to give you some comments about the tour. - Large groups always have to be divided into several houses, since it is not a hotel, it's a house of a local. Such number of places can’t be provided by one homestay. Please, feel free to ask us a better hotel, we are always ready to follow your requests. -Perhaps the drivers misunderstood you because of the lang
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From 5 March 2020 to 12 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Nous avons grandement apprécié ce séjour hivernal autour du lac Baïkal. L'agence est très disponible pour nous aider à préparer le voyage et une fois sur place, notre guide a été aux petits soins, nous laissant tout le temps pour profiter du lac !
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From 21 February 2020 to 27 February 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Je recommande Baikal nature pour la traversée du Baikal, c'est une agence sérieuse, Irina est très sympa et réactive. Tout le séjour s'est bien passé, et je n hésiterai pas à refaire appel à eux pour un futur séjour en Russie.
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Marc
From 26 February 2020 to 1 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourVoyage au lac Baïkal en hiver
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un super voyage avec une super guide.
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Destination: Lake Baikal
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