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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
Highlights
  • Best opportunity to observe the Aurora Borealis
  • Visit of Tériberka by the Barents Sea
  • 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
  • Visit of the largest snow complex in Russia - "Snow village"
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 reindeer and sled dogs? To meet the people of the north, the Saami, to discover its culture and taste its cuisine? Driving the snowmobile in the polar night or seeing the snow village? 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.

In winter 2020 - 2021 the trip will be guided by Pavel Ageychenko, the founder of BaikalNature,  who will pass on to you his virus of the passion for the great outdoors of Russia!

During this trip to the Russian Arctic you will visit Murmansk, the largest city in the world located beyond the Arctic Circle. You will go all the way to the north, along the Barents Sea, to the village of Tériberka to realize all the beauty and grandeur of the North. You will take a snowmobile ride on the great mountain range of Khibiny, you will visit a snow village made up of labyrinths and ice sculptures; and you will take an outing in the snow-covered forest in sleds drawn by dogs and 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!

IMPORTANT: the departure of 01/28/2021 will be accompanied, in addition to Pavel Ageychenko, by Viktor Balaguer, the professional photographer who will be able to give you master classes and tips on polar nature photography. He will also share with you his photos taken during our stay together. Visit his instagram account to learn more about his talent: https://www.instagram.com/viktor_balaguer/

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    The edge of Russia - Teriberka
    Murmansk — Teriberka
  • Day 2
    The capital of Russian Arctic
    Teriberka — Murmansk
  • Day 3
    Towards to Khibiny Mountains
    Kirovsk
  • Day 4
    Dog-sledding and Sami reindeer herders
    Murmansk — Kirovsk
  • 10:00
    Welcome to Murmansk
    Meeting at the airport with Pavel Ageychenko, the founder of BaikalNature, who will lead you to the wonderful world of the Russian Arctic. The tour begins in the main city of Kola peninsula - the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle.
  • 10:30
    Road to the edge of Russia
    Today’s goal is the village of Teriberka, the only place in Russia where you can admire and greet the Arctic Ocean after driving 130 km by car. Wasting no time, we begin travelling deeper into the Kola Peninsula to feel the real Arctic through the snowy landscapes of the tundra.
  • 12:40
    Check-in
    Your hotel is located on the shores of the Barents Sea with scenic panoramic views of the bay.
  • 13:00
    Lunch with sea view Not included
    Upon arrival, enjoy your lunch in the restaurant with the panoramic view of the Barents sea.
  • 14:00
    Discovery of Teriberka village
    After the release of the Oscar-nominated film, Leviathan by Alexei Zvyagintsev, the forgotten northern settlement of Teriberka has become a mecca for tourists. Founded in 1860s, Teriberka village was growing and developing till 1960s, and then households of Soviet Union period were destroyed. Despite the gloom and melancholy around, you will definitely love this place for its arctic landscapes and special atmosphere. To explore all corners of the settlement, we will take special snowmobiles with sleds to discover: “cemetery” of wooden ships found their last resting place, an observation point with a breathtaking view of the Barents Sea and a waterfall flowing into the Arctic Ocean.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    Dinner together in a restaurant or café of your choice. Not included, payment on site.
  • 22:00
    Hunting for Northern lights
    If we find a clear sky today, we will drive where we have to! Maybe we will be lucky to observe Northern lights on the coast of Arctic ocean. * In case the road to Teriberka is closed due to weather conditions, we will offer an alternative plan.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Teriberka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Cedar Grass
Standard twin without view
Note

2 h transfer  (130km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Journey back to Murmansk
    Transfer to Murmansk city. The road will take about 2 hours.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    Lunch in town in a restaurant or café of your choice.
  • 14:00
    Murmansk city-tour
    After check-in, get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history of the hero city Murmansk during city excursion on foot. Murmansk has a population of over 300,000 and it is the largest city in the Arctic and an important Russian naval base. The history of the city is closely connected with World War II, as there was port for the 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. The world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker built in the Soviet Union is Lenin, primarily to serve the Northern Sea Route. We can approach and discover from the outside the atomic icebreaker "Lenin", built in 1957 (indoor museum is closed due to COVID-19).
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    Dinner with a group in a restaurant or café of your choice (payment on site)
  • 22:00
    Search of the Northern lights
    If fortune smiles on you this day, we will chase in search of the northern lights!
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Teriberka — Murmansk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Glarus", Murmansk
Twin room
Note

2 h transfer  (130km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer Murmansk - Kirovsk
    Today we hit the road early and head to the one the famous ski resort city of the north region – Kirovsk along the Kola tract (175 km south of Murmansk). On the way: we’ll make several stops to enjoy winter landscapes of Kola Peninsula.
  • 12:00
    Accommodation at the tourist base near Apatity city
    The base is located on the picturesque shore of Imandra lake, an ideal place to enjoy nature and see the northern lights!
  • 14:00
    Start of snowmobiling tour along Khibiny
    Start of snowmobiling along Khibiny Kirovsk is located at the spurs of the Khibiny Mountains, so we don’t miss an opportunity to explore it!The mountains are very old and therefore, not high, but there you can find picturesque valleys, untouched arctic and glacial landscapes which remained from the Neolithic period. During snowmobiling (2 pers per one snowmobile), we cross the picturesque valley of the Petrelius river and find the Yudichvumchorr mountain - the highest in the Khibiny and on the entire Kola Peninsula. If the weather is good, it is possible to enjoy the views on the northern Khibiny plain and Lake Goltsovoe. Outdoor picnic during the tour. Don’t worry if you’re a novice – our group will be accompanied by a certified instructor.
  • 17:00
    Snowy village
    After exciting snowmobile adventure, it is a time to have a rest in amusement park “Snow village”. Every winter, all local ice sculptors head for Kirovsk to create a real winter wonderland with snowy halls and tunnels, wowing visitors with ice sculptures.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    Dinner together in a restaurant or café of your choice. Not included, payment on site.
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
    After a busy and long day, it's time to get steamed up in Russian banya!
  • 22:00
    Northern light hunting
    Today we will have another attempt to catch the northern lights. Time and place to observe the northern lights is discussed with the guide on site.
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Kirovsk
Accommodation
Accommodation at the tourist base Ogni of Imandra
Wooden house for 2-3 people
Note

2 h transfer  (175km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the cafe of tourist base
  • 10:00
    Departure to Sami village
    Today we’ll get acquainted with the Sami culture. Saami people continue an ordinary way of life in Russian Lapland possessing a rich and unique folklore. In the largest ethno-graphic complex, you can feel like a part of the Sami culture by getting to know their way of life through visits to their national dwelling, reindeer sledding, stories about traditions and customs.
  • 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 be invited to take part in traditional Sami games, pet and feed the polar fox, reindeer, hares that are part of the Sami culture, and wear Sami traditional clothes for a photo. Finally, be sure to buy a souvenir to keep warm memories of the amazing northern people.
  • 14:30
    Dog-sledding through the tundra
    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! Then, you can take another ride in the sleigh pulled by a reindeer .
  • 17:00
    Return way to Murmansk
    Transfer to Murmansk by private car, about 2 hours.
  • 19:00
    Arrival at Murmansk airport. End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Kirovsk
Note

4 h transfer  (310km)

Detailed description
Departures
January, 07 2021
Start
-
January, 10 2021
End
Available: 4+
Status
776 $
Basic price per person
January, 14 2021
Start
-
January, 17 2021
End
Available: 4+
Status
776 $
Basic price per person
January, 21 2021
Start
-
January, 24 2021
End
Available: 4+
Status
776 $
Basic price per person
January, 28 2021
Start
-
January, 31 2021
End
Available: 4+
Status
976 $
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 - 6100 roubles. Supplement for a room with a sea view -1 000 RUB (only in Teriberka village). It is possible to order a bath with a vat at the tourist base in Apatity - 10,000 rubles for a group of up to 5 people (the tour cost includes Russian banya without a vat). 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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From 7 August 2020 to 17 August 2020
Custom tourVoyage au Baïkal en famille
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Séjour inoubliable! Un grand merci à Irina pour l organisation et à Maria notre guide pour la qualité de l’accompagnement et des informations sur les lieux. Nous aimerions vraiment revenir en hiver si possible
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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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Pierre
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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