Magical Northern Paanajärvi

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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
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.
  • Itinerary passing near the Arctic Circle
  • Possibility to watch the aurora borealis
  • Ascension on the summit of Nuoronen, of the highest mountain of Karelia
  • Journey on the northernmost of Karelia through awesome landscapes
  • Modern and reliable equipment
  • Accommodation at a comfortable resort
Tour Overview

The national park Paanajärvi is located on the northernmost part of Karelia on the border with Finland and the Arctic Circle. This place protected from human activity unites picturesque landscapes. Here you will see for sure the aurora borealis in the evening. Here you will discover completely snow-covered forest and awesome natural beauty. Here you won't see thousands of tourists...

You will stay at the resort "Niska" equiped with very comfortable rooms - you will appreciate it after riding a snowmobile more than 75 mi (120 km) per day!

We use only modern models of snowmobiles:  Lynx Xtirm 600 ACE, Lynx ranger 600 ACE or Lynx adventure.


Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival by train № 92 or № 16 on the railway station Loukhi. Meeting with participants. Transfer to the village of Piaozersky, 75 mi (120 km). Breakfast in the visiting center of the parc "Paanajärvi". Fitting of the equipment. Briefing about riding. Departure on snowmobile to the itinerary: village of Piaozersky - the Poncha river - lake Piaozero - Talvichali island - Maya island - Vuoshkaloshari island - Piaoniyemi peninsula - bay Payguba - resort "Niska", 90 km. Arrival on the resort, accommodation. Lunch. Free time / ice fishing according to the desire of the group. Dinner. Bania (Russian sauna). Night at the resort.
  • Day 2
    Breakfast. Departure on snowmobile to the itinerary: resort "Niska" - lake Piaozero - national park "Paanajärvi" - ascension on the highest mountain of Karelia Nuoronen (576 m) - lake Mustayarvi - lake Selkuyarvi - lake Paanayarvi - ascension on the mountain Kivakkaturi (499 m) - the Olanga river - waterfall Kivakkakoski - resort "Niska", 87,5 mi (140 km). Outdoor picninc: hot tea, sandwitches, cookies, sweets. Return to the resort. Dinner. Possibility to go to take bania (not included).
  • Day 3
    Breakfast. 12:00 p.m. - departure to the itinerary: lake Piaozero - the Poncha river - veillage of Piaozersky, 75 mi (120 km). En route hot lunch. Accommodation at the hotel of the village of Piaozerski. Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Day 4
    1:00 p.m. - transfer to the railway station of Loukhi. Boarding a night train to Saint-Petersburg or Moscow. Departure between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. End of the program.
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          Price includes
          • English-speaking guide
          • Accommodation as per itinerary
          • Transport as per itinerary
          • Meals
          • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
          • Snowmobile and equipment rental
          Price does not include
          • Medical insurance
          • Personal expenses and tips
          • Visa fees and travel insurance
          • Railway tickets
          For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.

          The price is given for the group of 5 persons. The price is indicated for two persons per snowmobile.Single supplement is 10 000 roubles. The snowmobile driving is allowed for tourists above 18 years old. The supplement for the comfort accommodation is 5 000 roubles.

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