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Kola Peninsula

Almost entirely above the Arctic Circle, jutting out between the White and Barents Seas, the Kola Peninsula is a place where only the hardiest survive. Travel to a land dominated by taiga forest in the south and tundra in the north, with mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes and rivers and rugged coastline in between. Kola’s vast grasslands are subject to visiting grazing reindeer in their thousands over the summer months. Our tours to the Kola Peninsula will introduce you to the guardians of this beautiful land, the indigenous Saami, or Sami, who also inhabit northern Scandinavia. A semi-nomadic people with their own language and customs, the Sami traverse the tundra on husky-drawn sleds and depend on reindeer herding for their livelihood.

Why travel to Kola Peninsula:

  • Hunt for the breathtakingly beautiful Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Murmansk, Kola Peninsula - a place so close to the Arctic Circle that it has become one of the world’s premier destinations to see this magnificent natural phenomenon
  • Get your adrenaline racing with one of the many exciting winter adventure activities and experiences on offer, such as going on a thrilling snowmobile safari along the Khibiny Mountains, riding a husky sled through the snow-capped taiga or lassoing reindeers at a traditional Saami campsite 
  • Meet the Kola Peninsula’s indigenous Saami and learn about their ancient semi-nomadic culture, customs and cuisines that have survived for thousands of years
  • Be amazed by the unique Snow Village of Kirovsk, where you will find ornately decorated buildings, sculptures and labyrinths made entirely out of ice and snow

Astonishingly, not all of Kola is untouched and steeped in ancient tradition. The capital Murmansk, with a population of over 300,000, is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle, and despite its industrial port town feel, is a remarkably lively town, with bars and restaurants and an interesting Naval history. In the middle of summer, the Arctic sun shines down on much of the peninsula 24 hours a day. In winter, Murmansk and its surroundings are of the best destinations on Earth to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, a constantly shifting display of colour-changing lights and one of nature’s most breathtaking atmospheric phenomenon.

Tours in Kola Peninsula

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Quest for Aurora Borealis


Spend 3 days in Arctic city of Murmansk in Kola Peninsula, where you will enjoy snow activities such as husky dog sledding and snowmobiling during days and will get a chance to hunt Aurora Borealis at nights.

3days From(USD) $1,050 View Tour
Russian New years

Russian New Years & Northern Lights Celebrations: Luxury Rail Tour

Imperial Russia private train | Group railway journey | Set departures
Moscow > St Petersburg > Petrozavodsk > Murmansk > Vologda > Moscow

We invite you to feel the atmosphere of the holiday and magic of winter St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, Vologda and to celebrate the New Year beyond the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Barents Sea with a glass of sparkling champagne, joy and laughter. Truly, an unusual and colourful journey, like the elusive Northern Lights themselves!

10days From(USD) $4,950 View Tour
northern lights discovery, northern lights Russia tour

Northern Lights Discovery in Russia

Private tour | Your own departure date
Moscow > Murmansk, Kola Peninsula > Moscow

Stay on Kola Peninsula and hunt for Northern Lights. Our journey begins in Moscow, where you’ll have the opportunity to tour some of the capital’s most important sites. The next few days we’ll spend in the small town of Monchegorsk in the southern Kola Peninsula, where we will visit Saami settlements and learn about their semi-nomadic way of life that has survived for thousands of years.

7days From(USD) $2,550 View Tour
Northern lights in Russia

Northern Lights in Russia: Arctic Winter Magic

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Moscow * St Petersburg * Karelia * Kola * Murmansk

Explore main sights of mighty Moscow and cultural capital of Russia - Saint Petersburg. Head to Karelia, where we’ll stop to admire the Ruskeala Mountain Park and historic Kizhi Island. Discover the customs of the indigenous Saami in Kola Peninsula and observe Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky.

13days From(USD) $3,550 View Tour

A custom tour made to order

We understand sometimes our set departure dates do not align with your ability to travel at that time, or you just want to travel bespoke. We got you covered.

Go custom — gives you the choice & flexibility of creating your own bespoke itinerary, using our tours for inspiration.

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