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On the edge of the earth: photo tour with Victor Balaguer

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
Highlights
  • Accompanied by French and English speaking guide Pavel Ageychenko and photographer Victor Balaguer
  • Photo tour on the edge of the Earth
  • Chance to see the Northern lights
  • Secrets of photography from a professional photographer
  • Acquaintance with the old village of Teriberka
  • Possiblity to discover stunning Arctic landscapes
  • Amazing locations for Oscar-nominated film Leviathan
  • Possibility to taste delicious local seafood
Tour Overview

Hello!

Over the last years I have developed a lot of photographiс habits that I turned into the rules which I follow in my photos.

I will teach you and share my vision and special rules of photography that I keep day by day in my personal work. You will have the unique chance to learn it and get the invaluable experience in few days while I was testing it for many years.

During 4 days of photography beyond the Arctic circle we will discover the beauty of the North in the Kola Peninsula and head for the single settlement on the Barents sea - Teriberka that is possible to reach in 2 hours by car.

Photo tour will be dedicated documentary, street photography and landscape photography. We will also have a very useful master class on photo editing in Lightroom.

By the way, every evening if the weather will be good, we will organise getaways to admire and take photos of the fantastic phenomenon - Aurora Borealis, and the village of Teriberka is one of the most famous place to observe the Northern lights in Russia. 

Come with me to discover the real North through the lens as a photographer. I'm waiting only for you for 4 days of photography and traveling to the edge of the world.

                                                                                                                                     Your sincerely,                                                                                                                                             Victor Balaguer

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First day on Kola Peninsula
    Murmansk — Teriberka
  • Day 2
    The edge of Russia - Teriberka
    Teriberka
  • Day 3
    Day on the Russian North
    Teriberka
  • Day 4
    Return to Murmansk
    Teriberka — Murmansk
  • 12:20
    Arrival in Murmansk
    Meeting at the airport with your guides. Acquaintance with the group and discussion of the tour program
  • 12:40
    Departure to the edge of the earth
    We will go by private car to Teriberka village located 130 km from Murmansk on the shore of Barents sea. After the release of the Oscar-nominated film, Leviathan by Alexei Zvyagintsev, the forgotten northern settlement of Teriberka has become a mecca for tourists. Despite the gloom and melancholy around, you will definitely love this place for its arctic landscapes and special atmosphere.
  • 14:30
    Lunch in the restaurant of the hotel
    Upon arrival, enjoy your lunch in the restaurant with the panoramic view of the Barents sea.
  • 15:30
    Discovery of Teriberka village
    Discovery of Teriberka village: boat cemetery, local surroundings and architecture. Professional photographer Victor Balaguer will share the best locations for photography in Teriberka and the details of street and landscape photography.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotel Not included
    At dinner we will discuss shooting techniques and photo equipment. Also, we need to prepare for night shooting the aurora if the weather is favourable.
  • 22:00
    Search of the 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

3 h transfer  (130km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion on Teriberka village by snowmobiles
    To explore the most hard reaching 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, the beach with "dragon eggs".
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the restaurant Not included
  • 15:00
    Exploration of old village
    After lunch, we will head to discover the old Teriberka by car. Teriberka is divided into two parts: Old Teriberka and Lodeinoe. The old part of the village resembles traditional coastal fishing villages, which used to be founded on the entire coast of the Kola Peninsula: low wooden houses, boats, garages and other outbuildings....
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotel Not included
  • 21:00
    Lightroom course
    After dinner, Victor Balaguer will give you a master class of working on editing with Lightroom
  • 22:00
    Night photography and hunting for 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
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Cedar Grass
Standard twin without view
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Road to nowhere
    Today we again go to explore the old Teriberka and visit one of the interesting locations - the road to nowhere or a dead end. This road was built for needs of Gazprom, but the plans did not come true: the development of the Shtokman field was frozen, the only trace of this project is a road in the rock leading to a distant cape with a lighthouse and the place of the proposed port.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local cafe Not included
  • 14:00
    Continuation of photo shooting
    We will walk through the old Teriberka and get acquainted with important photography topics, for example, how to create a travel series or reportage, and work on a composition on a specific theme
  • 19:00
    Dinner - not included Not included
  • 21:00
    Master class on photo
    Discussion of the day of photography, the opportunity to share photos with participants and teaching to work on Lightroom.
  • 22:00
    Hunting for northern lights
    Today we will have final attempt to catch the northern lights. Time and place to observe the northern lights is discussed with the guide on site.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Teriberka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Cedar Grass
Standard twin without view
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Time at leisure
    Possible to have master class on Lightroom or take a walk on Teriberka. Optional: it is possible to organize a boat trip in good weather (extra charge).
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 13:00
    Departure to Murmansk
    On the way back, we will make stops to enjoy and take pictures of the arctic landscapes in the tundra.
  • 16:00
    ARRIVAL AT MURMANSK AIRPORT. END OF THE PROGRAMME.
Photo of the day
Route
Teriberka — Murmansk
Note

3 h transfer  (137km)

Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals according to the program
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Breakfasts
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

In case of unfavorable weather conditions, the tour program can be changed. The price is given for the group of 6 persons. If the the number of participants in the group is less, the price of the tour is following: For a group of 2 people - 86 000 rubles / person For a group of 3 people - 70 000 rubles / person For a group of 4 people - 61 000 rubles / person For a group of 5 people - 57 600 rubles / person

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Nathalie and Frederic
From 15 February 2021 to 19 February 2021
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
It was a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and magnificent landscapes. Our guide, Maria, was really great with a lot of useful explanations and kindness. Sasha, the owner of the buggy was also very kind and allow our kids to drive and to enjoy our trip. We definitely recommend Baikal Nature and this tour in order to mix the discovery of Baikal lake and to feel as the only ones on the ice.
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Ольга
From 23 July 2021 to 1 August 2021
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Хотим поблагодарить лично тур менеджера Ольгу Куликову за безупречную работу и отличную организацию нашего тура. Сопровождение от начала и до конца было на высшем уровне. Благодарим от всей души! Алтай был незабываем. Места мы увидели потрясающие. Программа очень насыщенная и каждый день у нас было море впечатлений. Мы даже иногда не могли вспомнить, что было позавчера ))) В то же время программа
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Alexandre
From 1 May 2021 to 8 May 2021
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Great time in Altai with Pavel, thanks to the nice tour organized by Baikal Nature. Program was nice, adapted to the family, between touristic visits and outdoor activities for young kids. Flexibility was nice to stop where we wanted, with a not too heavy daily program. Pavel is a great guide and great guy, passionate about Russian nature and landscape. He speaks an amazing French and we had very
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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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