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Northern Lights Discovery

Hunting Aurora Borealis above Arctic Circle

Head for the snow-white serenity of the Kola Peninsula, where the Saami have herded reindeer for generations and the Northern Lights dance in the clear Arctic sky.

To visualise the northern lights discovery, imagine a place that lives, works and plays above the Polar Circle. This extraordinary place is Kola Peninsula in Russia’s Arctic. Kola may not be on the tourist radar, but that’s what makes it special. The small cities of Murmansk and Monchegorsk of around 300,000 residents are compact, but it’s the surrounding Arctic nature and the well-preserved indigenous cultures that will enthral the intrepid traveller.

Why do we visit Kola in the coldest part of the year? Being so close to the Arctic Circle, it’s one of the world’s premier destinations to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful natural phenomenon visible from earth.

Our journey begins in Moscow, where you’ll have the opportunity to tour some of the capital’s most important sites, including the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil Cathedral. Then we’ll take a flight to Murmansk and get to know some of the city’s fascinating wartime naval history. 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.

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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Moscow

Murmansk

Active adventures

Duration

Action rating

Group size

7 days / 6 nights

     

2-8 people

Itinerary View map

DAY 1:ARRIVAL TO MOSCOW

Touch down in Moscow and meet your driver who’ll transfer you to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy a first taste of Russian culture exploring Moscow at your leisure.

DAY 2:MOSCOW, CITY TOUR

Get acquainted with this endlessly exciting megacity on a guided walk around the Kremlin and the Red Square. After admiring Moscow’s finest architecture, take in the scale of the city with an afternoon panoramic tour.

DAY 3:MURMANSK, CITY TOUR

Fly to Murmansk, reaching the city by mid-morning. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the city, visiting the first nuclear icebreaker ‘Lenin’ and the Naval Museum. This is the first evening we might be lucky enough to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis over the city.

DAY 4:MONCHEGORSK, HUSKY DOG SLEDDING

Today you will meet the Kola Peninsula’s indigenous Saami at a husky farm outside of Murmansk. Go dog sledding or even try your hand at commanding a reindeer crew. After a traditional Saami lunch, proceed to Monchegorsk city, 130km south of Murmansk. Don't forget to look up for Aurora.

DAY 5:MONCHEGORSK, KHIBINY MOUNTAINS

Morning visit to the Snow Village, a unique tourism project consisting of sculptures and labyrinths made entirely of ice and snow. In the afternoon, carve it up on a snowmobile safari in the Khibiny Mountains with a picnic in the forest, before heading back to Monchegorsk.

DAY 6:MONCHEGORSK, SAAMI PEOPLE

Head to one of the largest Saami settlements, where many traditional dwellings are still in use. Spend time with the affectionate reindeers. Learn about the ancient Saami culture with traditional games, authentic food and the chance to buy handicrafts. Transfer to Murmansk in the afternoon.

DAY 7:DEPARTURE FROM MURMANSK

After breakfast, we check out of our Murmansk hotel and catch a flight back to either Moscow or your next destination.

Inclusions

Accommodation

3* hotel accommodation in Moscow, Murmansk and Monchegorsk

Meals

Breakfasts in hotels, some lunches

Transportation

Airport transfers, all transportation on tour, according to the itinerary

Guides

Professional local English-speaking guide

Activities and sights

All activities indicated in the itinerary:

  • Moscow city tour with entry tickets
  • Murmansk city tour with entry tickets
  • Husky dog sledding experience
  • Snow Village tour
  • Snowmobiling in the Khibiny Mountains
  • Cultural immersion in the Saami settlement

Other

Russian visa support document/voucher

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

  • Guide and car services for hunting Aurora Borealis. Download the detailed itinerary for more info
  • Flight tickets
  • Travel insurance, visa, individual transfers, tips

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
18 Dec - 23 Dec 2017
Private Tour
Available US $2,550 US $380 Reserve
20 Jan - 27 Jan 2018
Private Tour
Available US $2,550 US $380 Reserve
15 Feb - 21 Feb 2018
Private Tour
Available US $2,550 US $380 Reserve
10 Mar - 16 Mar 2018
Private Tour
Available US $2,550 US $380 Reserve
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