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Kayaking & trekking on the Russian Arctic 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
7 Days
Highlights
  • Best itinerary to explore Lovozero and Khibiny
  • Discovery the deepest and one of the largest lake of the Russian Arctic
  • Kayaking in the heart of the Kola Peninsula
  • Trekking to some hidden unique places
  • Full immerse in wild nature beyond the Arctic circle
  • Possibility to see the northern lights
  • Romantic overnights in tents under starry sky
  • Tour is led by professional guides
Tour Overview

We get burned up with a great idea to combine a visit to the two largest massifs of the Kola Peninsula - Khibiny and Lovozero. The key to our solution became Lake Umbozero, translated from the Sami language as a closed lake or surrounded by mountains. On both sides of the lake, there are immense mountain ranges of incredible beauty, and their heart is the picturesque Umbozero Lake. So, we have a special plan for you!

What about crossing the deepest lake of the Kola Peninsula from north to south by kayaks. It’s a perfect spot for kayaking, as it’s surrounded by breath-taking mountains and lake scenery. On the west side, you can see the spectacular Lovozero massif with its tiny bays and pebble beaches, on the east side, we admire the oldest mountains Khibiny. Apart kayaking, we offer exciting trekking to some unique sights and place of power. 

We will look into the secluded corners of the mountain ranges and follow along the absolutely wild paths of the Kola Peninsula. The entire route is far from civilization: just you and the wilderness. And the combination of the water-hiking route is ideal for outdoor holiday!

In summer 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!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Murmansk
    Murmansk — Lake Umbozero
  • Day 2
    Along Lake Umbozero on kayaks
    Lake Umbozero
  • Day 3
    Trekking in Lovozero massif
    Umbozero lake — Lovozero massif
  • Day 4
    Discovery of the Khibiny massif
    Lovozero massif — Khibiny massif
  • Day 5
    Day of trekking in Khibiny
    Khibiny massif
  • Day 6
    Last day of kayaking
    Umbozero — Zasheek
  • Day 7
    End of the tour
    Zasheek — Murmansk
  • 09:35
    Arrival to the Murmansk airport
    Meeting with your guide at the airport. He will be holding a sign BaikalNature
  • 10:00
    Departure to lake Umbozero
  • 13:00
    Lunch at the base
  • 14:00
    Kayaking on lake Umbozero
    After lunch, we start kayaking along the shore to the south. Umbozero Lake (named after the Umba River) is located between the Khibiny on the west and Lovozero Tundras on the east. It is considered the deepest lake on Kola Peninsula with a maximum depth up to115 metres. The lake freezes from the end of October. Its largest island is Sarvanovsky. Lun
  • 18:00
    Setting up the camp and rest
    We have a stop on the first overnight in the bay Pesochnoye.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on fire
  • Overnight in tent
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Lake Umbozero
Accommodation
Camping
Note

2 h kayaking  (5km)

3 h transfer  (155km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the camp
  • 11:00
    Navigation on kayak
    Today it is the longest part of travel by kayak about 20 kilometers to the mouth of the Kuftunai River. On the way, we pass several rivers running away from the Lovozersky mountains.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
    We will make a stop on the picturesque beach of the lake for the rest and the open-air lunch.
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the way
    You can discover the picturesque pebble beaches where we stop for relaxing and walking.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tent
Photo of the day
Route
Lake Umbozero
Accommodation
Camping
Note

6 h kayaking  (20km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Trekking to lake Rayvr
    We start our trekking to the mountains of Lovozero massif. Firstly, our road passes by the southern slope of the Lovozersky Tundra. Then, we will ascend to Lake Rayvr. The lake is located in the circus of the Lovozero mountain range. It is the largest circus lake Lovozero. Due to its location and unique landscape, it is difficult to access.
  • 13:00
    Lunch picnic
  • 15:00
    Arrival to Uzury
    Lake Rayvr has a mystical meaning for the Sami and is considered a place of power, so you can find many seids around the lake. Enjoy the scenic view and feel a special atmosphere of these places.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on fire
  • Overnight in tent
Photo of the day
Route
Umbozero lake — Lovozero massif
Accommodation
Camping
Note

7 h trekking  (25km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Kayaking to Khibiny massif
    Last days we go along the coast of Lovozero massif, and the Khibiny were on the other side of the lake. Today, we head for the shore of Khibiny, the highest mountains of the Kola Peninsula. Its geological age is about 390 million years.
  • 13:00
    Lunch picnic
  • 17:00
    Set up the camp and rest
    We have a stop for overnight near the mountain Koashkar.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on fire
  • Overnight in tent
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero massif — Khibiny massif
Accommodation
Camping
Note

4 h kayaking  (12km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Khibiny mountain by foot
    In the morning we are going to explore the Khibiny mountains. We pass the gorge with small picturesque lakes, and climb to a low mountain of Koashkar. There you can discover and enjoy the spectacular view on Khibiny, Umbozero and the Lovozersky tundra on the opposite side of the lake.
  • 13:00
    Lunch - picnic
  • 15:00
    Return to the camp
  • 19:00
    Dinner on fire
  • Overnight in tent
Photo of the day
Route
Khibiny massif
Accommodation
Camping
Note

6 h trekking  (15km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Navigation on Kayak
    Today, we finish our journey and return to the start point crossing Lake Umbozero from the north to south coast. On both sides, we will once again enjoy the views of the Lovozero and Khibiny massifs.
  • 13:00
    Lunch picnic
  • 15:00
    Accommodation at the tourist base
    Have a rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the base
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
    Russian Banya Experience: After a day in the great outdoors, relax in a Russian banya. Add steam and whip up the birch branches!
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Umbozero — Zasheek
Accommodation
Accommodation at the tourist base Zasheek
Room for 2-4 people
Note

7 h kayaking  (25km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Transfer to Murmansk
    Transfer to Murmansk by private car. Arrival at Murmansk airport around 14:00 p.m.
Photo of the day
Route
Zasheek — Murmansk
Note

250 h transfer  (3km)

Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Banya
  • Tent rental
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Kayak and equipment rental
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Departure is guaranteed for the group of 6 people. If it is less number of participants, the price will be recalculated . For every participant it is provided: vest, neoprene slippers and gloves, plate, mug, tent, sleeping bag, Accommodation in tents is possible for one, two and three people. The tour is held on single and double kayaks.

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Destination: Caucasus
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Destination: Lake Baikal
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