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New Year's Eve 2022 at Lovozero

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
5 Days
December - January
Highlights
  • Stay in cozy lodge surrounded by tundra and lake far away from the crowds
  • New Year Celebrations in Russian Lapland
  • Variety for winter activites: skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice-fishing
  • 4 nights for Northern Lights observation in the middle of tundra
  • Reindeer farm visit and sliegh ride
  • Get acquaintaince with Sami culture
  • Dog sledding through arctic tundra
  • Perfect holiday trip for families with children
  • Discovery of Seydozero lake in the middle of Kola peninsula
Tour Overview

It's time to think about New Year's celebrations, and we've prepared something very special beyond the Arctic Circle. How about 5 days small group tour in time to celebrate new year, staying in a wilderness cozy lodge surrounded arctic tundra and frozen lake in Russian Lapland, at the heart of the aurora zone. 

Kola Peninsula is simply one of the best places in the world for observing of the Northern Lights. This New Year break not only brings you 4 wonderful evenings to see the magic of the aurora borealis but an exciting programme of daytime arctic experiences designed to turn a New Year getaway into a once in a lifetime experience!

In a small group, you will be guided through many exciting winter activities, such as dog sledding, ice-fishing, outdoor picnic, visit of reindeer farm, skiing and more. Besides, we have an excursion by snowmobile sleighs to the mystical Seydozero lake, special place for indigenous Sami people. And then, of course, there is a great chance to catch Aurora borealis, as you are in the middle of arctic tundra with starry sky free from city spotlights. Even if you don’t, we have created an itinerary that takes you out into this winter wilderness for many adventures and a lot of New Year fun.

For our New year’s getaway, we offer to stay in comfortable lodge, who provide the perfect New Year welcome. Enjoy arctic nature delicious traditional food, entertainment program and good company during a party on New Year’s Eve. Perhaps you will be lucky, so on New Year's Eve the sky will be illuminated with the northern lights, because magic happens, especially beyond the Arctic circle, in Russian Lapland...

Just make sure to have a good mood, warm clothes and shoes, and we will take care of the rest so that your New Year's holidays are the most special in your lifetime!


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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First discovery of Kola Peninsula
    Murmansk — Lovozero
  • Day 2
    New year's celebration
    Lovozero
  • Day 3
    Outdoor activities
    Lovozero
  • Day 4
    Sacred Seydozero lake
    Lovozero — Seydozero
  • Day 5
    Husky and reindeer of Russian Lapland
    Lovozero — Murmansk
  • 11:00
    ARRIVAL TO THE MURMANSK AIRPORT
    Meeting with your guide. Pick up and transfer to Lovozero village. The road takes about 2 hours by car. *Please, purchase tickets for flights arriving in Murmansk no later than 13:00 pm
  • 13:00
    Transfer from Lovozero to the base
    Crossing of Lake Lovozero by snowmobiles with sleds (sled for 4-5 people). The sleigh ride takes about 30-40 minites. Make sure to put on warm clothes, mittens, hat and woolen scarf. Temperatures in winter can drop to -30 degrees. On the way, we will discover beautiful panoramic view on frozen lake and winter tundra. 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
    Late lunch at the base
    Lunch at the warming Lodge, with a dining room serving excellent meals using local ingredient
  • 16:00
    Skiing in the arctic tundra
    After rest, go on a pleasant ski trip through the arctic forest and explore the picturesque surroundings.
  • 18:00
    Russian banya (Russian sauna)
    After a long day, 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. Birch broom and sheet or towel are extra charge (200 RUB and 250 RUB). Payment on site
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • 21:00
    NORTHERN LIGHT HUNTING
    Be ready to observe aurora borealis, if the weather is favorable. Whether you are a Pro or not, make sure to take a picture of your northern lights to keep memories that will last a lifetime!
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Murmansk — Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Twin Room
Note

2 h transfer  (170km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the base
  • 10:00
    Ice-fishing
    In the morning, go ice fishing near the base. Even if you have never tried fishing, it will be fun and exciting. Dress warmly and enjoy the snowy silence and magical beauty of these places in the very heart of the Kola Peninsula...
  • 13:00
    Lunch - picnic
    After fishing, it's time to have a delicious lunch in the fresh air. You may be lucky enough to catch a fish and cook it over the fire.
  • 15:00
    Free time for preparing to the festive dinner
  • 17:00
    Russian banya (Russian sauna)
    The Russian banya (sauna) is a good way of relaxing ! According to Russian tradition, the banya can help to clear all negative emotions accumulated during the year.
  • 19:00
    Festive dinner and New Year Celebrations
    Tonight, you will have a special festive dinner, enjoying wonderful atmosphere far away from crowds, a delicious meal before some additional festivities to mark the end of the year! We advice to keep your eye on the sky as the Northern Lights might be there to add to the party!
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Twin Room
  • 10:00
    Late breakfast
  • 11:00
    Winter fun
    After a big party, it's time to have a good rest! We suggest going outside and having a picnic in a traditional Sami chum. Relax and enjoy your holiday, take part in winter fun: make a snow angel or a snowman!
  • 12:00
    Picnic in the tradtional chum
  • 15:00
    Skiing at the base
    After return to the base, go skiing through the snowy forest. Also, it is possible to do snowmobiling ride (not included), payment on site.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the base
  • 21:00
    Northern lights observing
    Today we will have another attempt to catch the northern lights. Сheck weather and aurora forecast for the evening, and maybe today you have the chance of ticking the Northern Lights off your bucket list.
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the base
  • 10:00
    Departure to Seydozero lake in sleighs
    Today we will have an exciting trip through the tundra to the sacred Lake Seydozero, a special place for Sami people. Seydozero is hidden in the heart of the Lovozero tundra at the height 189 m above sea, and steeped in legends. With pristine nature, this place is very calm and beautiful, that can only be reached by foot or by snowmobile in winter. We take a snowmoblie sleigh ride to the lake, so must sure to wear warm clothes.
  • 11:30
    Excursion to Seydozero
    You don’t have to go far to get some awe-inspiring views of the frozen Lake Seydozero and the high mountain depicting "Kuiva", Sami mythology character, towering over the entire valley. Duration 2,5 hours.
  • 12:00
    Return back to the base
    We sit down on the sleigh of snowmobiles and return to the base through the frozen lake.
  • 13:00
    Lunch at the base
  • 14:00
    Time at leisure
    Have a rest at the base. Optional: excursion to the reindeer farm. You can visit a real reindeer farm to gain an understanding of the connection between reindeer and the indigenous Sámi people. Reindeer are of vital importance to the area, economically and culturally. You have the chance to feed the reindeer and enjoy a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride (Book in advance)
  • 18:00
    Russian banya
  • 19:00
    Final dinner at the base
    Our journey beyond the Arctic Circle is coming to an end, and this is a good reason to get together for dinner and remember all the pleasant moments during these couples of days.
  • 21:00
    Searching for Northern lights
  • Overnight at the base
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero — Seydozero
Accommodation
Yulinskaya Salma
Note

transfer  (25km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Check-out and departure to Lovozero village
    Transfer by snowmobile sleigh takes about 40-50 minutes.
  • 10:00
    Excursion to husky and reindeer farm
    We start with acquaintance with the history of the Sami people and their way of life. Learn the history of dog breeding in the harsh northern conditions. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to try your hand as a musher! This activity allows you to experience the sensation of being pulled through the snow by your enthusiastic sled dogs. Finally, make sure feed the reindeer and take a funny picture with them.
  • 12:00
    Sami Lunch
    Locals will invite you to taste an authentic lunch of fish soup, berry pie and herbal tea. After lunch, you will wear Sami traditional clothes for a photo. Finally, be sure to buy a souvenir to keep warm memories of the amazing northern people.
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Murmansk airport.
    Transfer to Murmansk by private car, about 2 hours.
  • 17:30
    ARRIVAL AT MURMANSK AIRPORT. END OF THE PROGRAMME.
Photo of the day
Route
Lovozero — Murmansk
Note

2 h transfer  (170km)

Detailed description
Departures
December, 30 2021
Start
-
January, 03 2022
End
Available: 4+
Status
985 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Banya
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The cost of the tour is given for the group of 6 people. If there are less people, the price is following: 72 400 RUB per person for the group of 5 people 77 100 RUB per person for the group of 4 people 84 900 RUb per person for the group of 3 people * Russian banya (Russian sauna) is included on 1, 2 and 4 days. Birch broom and sheet or towel not included (200 RUB and 250 RUB) extra charge). Payment on site * Snowmobiling at the base (20 minutes) is 1500 RUB per person. Book in advance. * Optional excursion to the reindeer farm at request. Please, contact us for booking.

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