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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
5 Days
December - March
Highlights
  • Best opportunity to observe the Aurora Borealis
  • Acquaintance with the culture and life of the Sami people
  • Dog and reindeer sledding
  • Tour of Murmansk, the largest city in the Arctic
  • Itinerary accessible to families with children
  • Snowmobile tour to the lake Seydozero
  • An opportunity not only to see and feed real reindeer
Tour Overview

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Arctic? To see the Northern Lights, the vastness of the tundra, to feel the power of the Arctic Ocean at the far end of Russia? To try your hand at harnessing sled dogs? To meet the people of the north, the Saami, to discover its culture and taste its cuisine? Did you think it was inaccessible, very expensive, or just for overtrained and over-equipped?

Well no ! With our trip "In Search of the Northern Lights" the dream of discovering the Arctic becomes reality. This program is the result of our presence for several years in the Kola Peninsula and as we believe, is a perfect mix to discover the Arctic.

This trip in the Kola Peninsula is suitable for families with children over 5 years old and does not represent any physical difficulty.

During this trip to the Russian Arctic you will visit Murmansk, the largest city in the world located beyond the Arctic Circle. You will take a snowmobile ride to the mysterious lake Seidozero, you will take an outing in the snow-covered forest in sleds drawn by dogs, get acuaintance with reindeer. In addition, you will get to know the traditions and rites of the ancient Sami tribes and, of course, taste their local cuisine.

Here, in the middle of the Kola Peninsula, you will witness one of the most beautiful and mysterious natural phenomena: the aurora borealis. It is not possible to book nice weather or clear skies, but this trip in the middle of the polar night is perfectly suited to the search for the Aurora Borealis!

Do not miss the opportunity to get to know the world of the Arctic, its culture and its endless white expanses!

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    The capital of Russian Arctic
    Murmansk
  • Day 2
    Lovozero village
    Murmansk — Lovozero
  • Day 3
    Seydozero - sacred lake
    Lovozero
  • Day 4
    A day on the shore of Lake Lovozero
    Lovozero
  • Day 5
    Dog-sledding and Sami reindeer herders
    Lovozero — Murmansk
  • 12:00
    Arrival to Murmansk
    Meeting at the airport of Murmansk, the main city of the Kola Peninsula and the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Murmansk city tour
    After lunch and rest, get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history of the hero city Murmansk during city excursion by car. With a population of over 300,000, Murmansk is the largest city in the Arctic and an important Russian naval base. The history of the city is closely connected with the Second World War, as there was a port for Arctic convoys. Visit of the monument of Defenders of the Fatherland "Aliosha" which culminates the city with a spectacular panorama on the bay of the Barents Sea, the port of the city which is considered as the main gates to the north of Russia.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Glarus", Murmansk
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Lovozero
    Lovozero is the capital of Russian Lapland, the center of the cultural life of the Saami of Russia, the indigenous people of the Murmansk region. The road will take about 2 hours.
  • 13:00
    Transfer from Lovozero to the base
    Crossing of Lake Lovozero by snowmobiles with sleds (sled for 4-5 people). The sleigh ride takes about 30-40 minites. Make sure to put on warm clothes, mittens, hat and woolen scarf. Temperatures in winter can drop to -30 degrees. On the way, we will discover beautiful panoramic view on frozen lake and winter tundra. Arrival at the tourist base located on a peninsula of the lake in a sublime setting and completely isolated from the world: no road connects this place. Check in.
  • 14:00
    Late lunch at the base
    Lunch at the warming Lodge, with a dining room serving excellent meals using local ingredient
  • 16:00
    Winter fun
    You can walk near the base or spend active time on the territory of the base. What could be better than spending time hurtling down a slope with family or friends on a toboggan or building a sculpture or snow fort? Lots of winter activities await you!
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Dinner
  • 22:00
    Search of the Northern lights
    Be prepared to observe the Northern Lights, weather permitting. Whether you're a Pro or not, be sure to snap a picture of the Northern Lights for memories that will last a lifetime!
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Twin room
Note

2 h transfer  (168km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Departure Seydozero Lake in sleighs
    Today we head to Seydozero - one of the most mysterious and enigmatic places in the Arctic. The name of the lake is translated from Sami as "holy lake", which has always been one of the centers of the spiritual life of the Sami - on the shores of the lake, shamans performed the most important rituals and holidays. We take a snowmoblie sleigh ride to the lake, so must sure to wear warm clothes.
  • 13:00
    Lunch at the base
  • 15:00
    Skiing in the arctic tundra
    After rest, go on a pleasant ski trip through the arctic forest and explore the picturesque surroundings.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
    After a busy and long day, it's time to get steamed up in Russian banya!
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Twin Room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the cafe of tourist base
  • 10:00
    Ice fishing
    In the morning, go ice fishing near the base. Even if you have never tried fishing, it will be fun and exciting. Dress warmly and enjoy the snowy silence and magical beauty of these places in the very heart of the Kola Peninsula.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Time at leisure
    Relax and enjoy your holiday, take part in winter fun: make a snow angel or a snowman! Optionally you can visit a real reindeer farm to gain an understanding of the connection between reindeer and the indigenous Sámi people. Reindeer are of vital importance to the area, economically and culturally. You have the chance to feed the reindeer and enjoy a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride (book in advance and pay on the spot)
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Twin Room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the cafe of tourist base
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Husky-park
  • 11:00
    Dog-sledding through the tundra
    First, we will get acquainted with the history of the Sami people and their way of life. Next, we will visit the lovely husky-farm with the most beautiful and charming blue-eyed creatures. First, you will learn the history of dog breeding in the harsh northern conditions, and then you will ride a dog sled through a delightful snow-covered forest, and even try yourself as a musher! Finally, make sure you feed the reindeer and take a funny picture.
  • 13:00
    Sami Lunch
    Locals will invite you to taste an authentic lunch of fish soup, berry pie and herbal tea. After lunch, you will wear Sami traditional clothes for a photo. Finally, be sure to buy a souvenir to keep warm memories of the amazing northern people.
  • 15:00
    Return way to Murmansk
    Transfer to Murmansk by private car, about 2 hours.
  • 17:30
    Arrival at Murmansk airport. End of the programme
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero — Murmansk
Note

2 h transfer  (150km)

Detailed description
Departures
February, 11 2023
Start
-
February, 15 2023
End
Available: 4+
Status
981 $
Basic price per person
February, 21 2023
Start
-
February, 25 2023
End
Available: 4+
Status
981 $
Basic price per person
March, 07 2023
Start
-
March, 11 2023
End
Available: 4+
Status
981 $
Basic price per person
March, 18 2023
Start
-
March, 22 2023
End
Available: 4+
Status
981 $
Basic price per person
March, 25 2023
Start
-
March, 29 2023
End
Available: 4+
Status
981 $
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
  • Banya
  • Ski rental
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 - 6100 roubles. Please note that the appearance of the Aurora Borealis cannot be guaranteed and depends on the lightness of the sky and the solar activity at the time.

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Елена
From 3 January 2022 to 6 January 2022
Destination: Kola Peninsula
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Скажу честно, что привыкнув к путешествиям по морским городам и теплым пляжам, я относилась к первому моему «зимнему» путешествию с осторожностью. Но я очень ошибалась! Таких невероятных событий, веселых и сказочных приключений, таких живописных снежных пейзажей перед глазами в моей жизни не было никогда! Я как будто побывала в сказке. Дни прошли как один час и впечатления, оставшиеся на всю жизнь,
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Елена, благодарим Вас за отзыв. Рады, что путешествие на Кольский полуостров оставило у Вас такие яркие эмоции. До новых встреч!
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Yakine
From 7 January 2022 to 10 January 2022
Destination: Kola Peninsula
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Mon époux et moi avons adoré notre petit périple et avons eu la chance inestimable de voir 2 soirs de suite des aurores boréales ! Irina dans les coulisses et Pavel sur le terrain, nous ont permis de profiter d'une expérience inoubliable ! À coups sûrs, nous revoyagerons avec Baïkal nature et en parlerons autour de nous !
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Toute l'équipe de BaikalNature vous remercie infiniment pour votre retour. A très vite pour un autre voyage !
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Reto
From 29 December 2021 to 2 January 2022
Destination: Kola Peninsula
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Eric
From 29 December 2021 to 2 January 2022
Destination: Arctic, Kola Peninsula
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Ce sont de véritables fêtes de fin et début d'année en nuit polaire, dans une vaste nature et splendide de surcroît, les aurores boréales, tous les ingrédients réunis pour vivre l'intense dans un manteau neigeux épais. Se débrouiller un peu en langue russe aussi, les échanges en sont facilités, et les gens viennent a vous tout comme vous allez à leur rencontre. J'ai vraiment tout aimé, le contact
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Toute l'équipe de BaikalNature vous remercie pour votre message. Nous nous réjouissons de savoir que vous avez apprécié votre séjour à la Péninsule de Kola. Nous espérons vous revoir très bientôt parmi nos voyageurs !
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Somruedee
From 26 February 2022 to 4 March 2022
Destination: Lake Baikal
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