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Arctic Autumn with Pavel Ageychenko

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
October - November
Highlights
  • Travel accessible to families with children
  • Visit of Murmansk - the largest city beyond the Arctic Circle
  • Opportunity to observe the Aurora Borealis
  • Incredible Fall Colors of the Boreal Tundra
  • Discover two of the prettiest lakes on the Kola Peninsula
  • Accommodation in a secluded location inaccessible by road
  • Hikes and picnics in the arctic tundra
  • 4x4 quad bike ride in the tundra
Tour Overview

This trip is a good opportunity to get acquainted with the Far North. Located only a 2 hour flight from Moscow, the Kola Peninsula is a vast arctic region rich in natural treasures.

The beginning of autumn revives the colors of the tundra and the boreal forest, lights up the glares of the aurora borealis, puts mosquitoes to sleep and, all in all, makes this destination a photographer's paradise or any lover of the great outdoors and of pristine nature.

This route is created and will be guided by the founder of BaikalNature, Pavel Ageychenko. Grown up in the forests of Siberia, he will be happy to pass on his passion for Russia's nature to you.

During this trip beyond the Arctic Circle you will discover the city of Murmansk - gateway to the Russian Arctic - cross a good half of the Kola Peninsula, contemplate the incredible colors of the boreal tundra, navigate one of the most pretty lakes - the Lovozero, do light trekking, fishing, picnics around the fire, as well as a quad bike ride. The icing on the cake is the discovery of Lake Seïdozéro - a sacred place, revered by the locals.

Accommodation is in a guest house located on the shore of Lake Lovozéro where no road leads.

Every evening we will try the chance to photograph the aurora borealis, the phenomenon easily observable at the beginning of autumn.

This trip is recommended for families with children from 5 years old: a change of scenery and learning a lot of new is guaranteed!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Murmansk - the most important city in the Arctic
    Murmansk
  • Day 2
    In the heart of the Kola Peninsula
    Murmansk — Lovozero
  • Day 3
    Lake Seidozero
    Lovozero
  • Day 4
    Around Lake Lovozero
    Lovozero — Murmansk
  • 10:30
    Arrival to the Murmansk airport
    Pick up by your driver and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    Meeting with the guide and lunch in town in a restaurant or café of your choice.
  • 14:00
    Murmansk city-tour
    Visit of the city of Murmansk on foot - the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle. 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. During this visit we can approach and discover from the outside the first atomic icebreaker "Lenin", built in 1957 (indoor museum is closed due to COVID-19).
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    Dinner together in a restaurant or café of your choice. Not included, payment on site.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Glarus", Murmansk
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the Lovozero village
  • 12:00
    Lake crossing by boat
    Boarding at the boat and crossing of Lake Lovozero. On the way, we will discover beautiful landscapes of the tundra which border the lake as well as picturesque islets. 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
    Lunch
    Lunch at the tourist base, local cuisine.
  • 18:00
    Walk in the arctic tundra
    Walk through the picturesque arctic tundra to the Afanassia River (nearly 3 km), breathtaking fall colors. Possibility of fishing. Picnic by the fire, fish on the grill or in the soup, hot tea. Back to the tourist base.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tourist base
    At night - possibility to observe the aurora borealis.
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Twin Room
Note

2 h transfer  (170km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion to Seïdozero lake
    Boarding by boat and crossing Lake Lovozero to the west coast. 2.5 km trek through the picturesque tundra and boreal forest to Lake Seïdozero. On the way we will discover a mountain river, the "dancing trees", rare plants. Viewpoint on the lake. Discovery of interesting places. Visit of an observation point and discovery of the sacred place the Kuyva rock.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Picnic lunch, hot tea with sandwiches.
  • 16:00
    Return by boat to the tourist base
    Boarding by boat and crossing of the Lake Lovozero to our tourist base on the east coast. Possibility of fishing, as the group wishes.
  • 18:00
    Banya (Russian sauna)
    Russian Banya Experience: After a day in the great outdoors, relax in a Russian banya. Add steam and whip up the birch branches! After: pour a bucket of ice water over yourself - you'll look a few years younger, guaranteed! Herbal tea and honey will be served.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Dinner, local cuisine.
  • Overnight in the tourist base
    At night - possibility to observe the aurora borealis.
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Twin Room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    ATV 4x4 ride
    After breakfast, ride in an ATV around our base. Possibility of fishing (pike, whitefish, salmon, shade).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Local cuisine.
  • 14:00
    Crossing of the lake
    Boarding a boat and crossing of the lake Lovozero to the village of the same name.
  • 14:30
    Transfer to Murmansk
    Transfer to Murmansk by private car. Possibility to visit the center of the culture of the indigenous Saami people, the "Saami Village" (in option, to be decided on the spot with the guide). Arrival at Murmansk airport around 6:00 p.m.
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero — Murmansk
Note

2 h transfer  (170km)

Detailed description
Departures
October, 08 2020
Start
-
October, 11 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
488 $
Basic price per person
October, 15 2020
Start
-
October, 18 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
488 $
Basic price per person
October, 29 2020
Start
-
November, 01 2020
End
Sold Out
Status
488 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • 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
  • Meals according to the program
  • English-speaking guide services
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is calculated for a group of 4 people or more. If the number of participants is lower, the price is subject to change. Single supplement 5,000 rubles.

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Katia
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
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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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Hélène
From 21 February 2020 to 27 February 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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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