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New Year's Eve 2021 beyond the Arctic Circle

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
  • Komi 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 Komi people
Tour Overview

The Kola Peninsula is a real kingdom of the Russian North. A region of incredible beauty, magical northern lights and the warmth of the hearts of the locals that will never be forgotten. We offer you to celebrate here the most awaited holiday in Russia - the New Year! Very local!

This trip to the Russian Arctic is guided by BaikalNature founder Pavel Ageychenko - the opportunity to travel with the person most concerned with the quality of the service as well as to be able to discuss trips to the remote destinations of Russia!

During this trip beyond the arctic circle you will visit an ancient village of the Komi - Krasnochelie, where reindeer herders live. No road leads to this place, access is possible by snowmobile in winter or by helicopter in summer ... Despite the time an authentic lifestyle is preserved here, the virgin nature and the originality of the people.

You will take a reindeer sleigh ride through the snow-capped tundra, taste specialties of Komi cuisine, see the Northern Lights, learn about the traditions of the local culture and, of course, celebrate the New Year in a traditional dwelling of the nomadic peoples - Kouvaksa.

New Year is a time to test new sensations. The celebration of the New Year Eve at the end of the world - is a real experience to live!

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 Komi 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 !
  • 18:00
    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.
  • 20:00
    Banya (Russian sauna)
  • 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  (165km)

4 h snowmobiles  (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. Also, you will visit the village library and the Orthodox church in the course of building.
  • 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 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
  • 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 ?
  • 11:00
    Late breakfast
  • 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
    If you want, you can put on the traditional 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
  • 09:30
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Meeting with the reindeer herders
    Today you will visit the real reindeer herder, 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 of native dishes
  • 15:00
    Excursion to the ethnographic centre
    You will get acquaintance with the history and culture of the local people: Sami, Nenets and Komi. After the concert, you can visit the exhibition of the local souvenirs that you can buy on site.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • 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 Not included
  • 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 / airport. End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Krasnoshchelye village — Murmansk
Note

2 h transfer  (160km)

2 h snowmobiles  (165km)

Detailed description
Departures
December, 30 2020
Start
-
January, 03 2021
End
Available: 4+
Status
874 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Snowmobile and equipment rental
  • Meals according to the program
  • Accident insurance
  • Set of the outer clothing
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Medical insurance
  • Beverages
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The departure is guaranteed for the group of 4 persons. If the group is smaller, the price of the tour can be recalculated. During the tour the national warm clothes are furnished.

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Henri
From 8 July 2018 to 22 July 2018
Destination: Arctic, Chukotka
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excellent; la seule chose peut être, les "touristes" qui arrivent en groupe avec leur propre guide en sus des spécialistes, ne devraient pas intervenir en dehors de leur groupe
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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
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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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Hélène
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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