Northern lights in Murmansk – Quest for Aurora Borealis

©Yury Gnatyuk
Enjoy snow-white serenity of the Kola Peninsula and hunt for Northern Lights in the clear Arctic sky.

To visualise the Northern Lights Murmansk experience, imagine a place that lives, works and plays above the Polar Circle. This extraordinary place is the Kola Peninsula in the far north-west of Russia.

Why do we visit Murmansk in the coldest part of the year? Well, the Northern Lights are best seen in the winter months. Murmansk city, being so close to the Arctic Circle, is 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.

Northern Lights in Murmansk Tour Highlights:

  • Murmansk is the northernmost city in Russia, with a population of around 300,000 people, by far the largest city above the Arctic Circle, and it's considered one of the best places in the region to view the Northern Lights.
  • Visit a Siberian husky farm. The local Saami people will introduce you to their beautiful dogs and teach you how to navigate a dog sled through a specially prepared route through the forest

This 4-day Murmansk Northern Lights tour has been designed especially for visitors to Russia over winter hoping to experience the otherworldly beauty of Aurora Borealis. The tour kicks off in the city of Murmansk the largest city above the Arctic Circle and a 2 and half hour flight from Moscow.

After an inspiring and enlightening three days and two nights beneath the enchanting Arctic skies, we’ll return to Murmansk airport ready for the journey back south.

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Arrival

Departure

Accomodation

Trip style

Murmnask

Murmansk

4* hotel

Winter tour, Northern Lights

Duration

Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

4 days / 3 nights

     

min 2

Private & Scheduled

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival to Murmansk

Welcome to Murmansk, the northernmost city in Russia, with a population of around 300,000 people, by far the largest city above the Arctic Circle. An important Russian naval base, Murmansk served as a port for the Arctic convoys during WWII.

After hotel check-in and lunch, around 2pm, we embark on the Murmansk city sightseeing trip. We will visit Alyosha monument (the second-highest in Russia after Motherland monument in Volgograd). You will learn about the rich history of the city, during the drive along the historical places of the Second World War. We will also visit the world’s first nuclear icebreaker ship, Lenin, which sailed out for its first voyage on September 15, 1959.

Spend your free evening discovering the surprisingly vibrant nightlife in this quirky Russian outpost. With any luck, the Northern Lights will make an appearance, we will go hunt this beautiful phenomenon.

Day 2:Teriberka village

Located on the shore of Barents Sea, 120km, three hours’ drive down an icy road from Murmansk, this small village has just 617 residents and a wide selection of picturesque abandoned houses that could serve as art objects or as a set for horror films. In 2015, thanks to the Oscar-nominated drama movie "Leviathan" from producer Alexei Zvyagintsev, Teriberka village became more known in Russia and also abroad.

During our tour of the village, we will stop at several locations, such as an old wooden ships “cemetery”, which is older than 100 years and started from Imperial times. Then we head to the Arctic Ocean coast for the weird and wonderful photos of frozen rocks and tundra against the mighty Barents Sea, and a magnificent waterfall that flows into the Arctic Ocean.

We enjoy our lunch at the local café (self-paid) before heading back to Murmansk, where we should arrive by 5-6pm, and if Northen Lights appear, we will go hunt them.

Day 3:Saami people and husky dog sledding

Head to one of the largest tourists complex in the Kola Peninsula, which represents Saami settlement with its many traditional dwellings and tools. Here, you will meet the Saami’s precious reindeers, who are surprisingly affectionate and enjoy being stroked and fed by visitors. Also look out for wildlife in the surrounding countryside, including polar foxes, hares and hunting birds.

You’ll get the chance to learn about the ancient Saami culture and be invited to play traditional games, test your lasso throwing skills and reindeer sledding abilities, and maybe even try on some traditional Saami clothing. The locals will put on an authentic lunch spread including fish soup, berry pie and herbal tea, after which you’ll be given the opportunity to purchase handicrafts.

After lunch, we head to a Siberian husky farm. Here, you’ll learn the wonderful story behind the evolution of this iconic northern breed, and spend time getting to know the charming resident dogs here as well as their reindeer stablemates. Take an exhilarating sled ride through the starkly beautiful winter forests with the husky team.

In the evening, we get back into the hotel where we’ll spend the remainder of the evening. If the forecast is good, we embark on Aurora hunting (around 10pm).

Day 4:Departure

Your tour finishes today. After breakfast, it’s time to check out of our Murmansk hotel and take a ride to the airport.

Inclusions

Group airport transfers

All transportation on tour, according to the itinerary

4* hotel accommodation in Murmansk

Breakfasts in the hotel, lunches and dinners in the city

Local licensed English-speaking guide

All excursions and sights, according to the itinerary

Russian visa support document (invitation letter)

Flights

Travel insurance

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

Individual transfers, nod indicated in the itinerary

Alcohol

Dates & Prices

Dates Availability Price Single sup.  
Any dates from 15 September 2019 to 15 April, 2020
Private Tour
Available US $1,545 TBA Reserve

Testimonials

Lucy ZhangAustralia

We were very pleased with every aspect of the tour!

A guide, young lady in Murmansk was very good, professional and friendly! Karelia was excellent, the crew a guide and a driver were very good very helpful and carrying. All hotels on tour were fine and we enjoyed our time wandering around the streets in the evening, where we could find good cafes.
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Day 1: Arrival to Murmansk

Welcome to Murmansk, the northernmost city in Russia, with a population of around 300,000 people, by far the largest city above the Arctic Circle. An important Russian naval base, Murmansk served as a port for the Arctic convoys during WWII.

After hotel check-in and lunch, around 2pm, we embark on the Murmansk city sightseeing trip. We will visit Alyosha monument (the second-highest in Russia after Motherland monument in Volgograd). You will learn about the rich history of the city, during the drive along the historical places of the Second World War. We will also visit the world’s first nuclear icebreaker ship, Lenin, which sailed out for its first voyage on September 15, 1959.

Spend your free evening discovering the surprisingly vibrant nightlife in this quirky Russian outpost. With any luck, the Northern Lights will make an appearance, we will go hunt this beautiful phenomenon.

Day 2: Teriberka village

Located on the shore of Barents Sea, 120km, three hours’ drive down an icy road from Murmansk, this small village has just 617 residents and a wide selection of picturesque abandoned houses that could serve as art objects or as a set for horror films. In 2015, thanks to the Oscar-nominated drama movie "Leviathan" from producer Alexei Zvyagintsev, Teriberka village became more known in Russia and also abroad.

During our tour of the village, we will stop at several locations, such as an old wooden ships “cemetery”, which is older than 100 years and started from Imperial times. Then we head to the Arctic Ocean coast for the weird and wonderful photos of frozen rocks and tundra against the mighty Barents Sea, and a magnificent waterfall that flows into the Arctic Ocean.

We enjoy our lunch at the local café (self-paid) before heading back to Murmansk, where we should arrive by 5-6pm, and if Northen Lights appear, we will go hunt them.

Day 3: Saami people and husky dog sledding

Head to one of the largest tourists complex in the Kola Peninsula, which represents Saami settlement with its many traditional dwellings and tools. Here, you will meet the Saami’s precious reindeers, who are surprisingly affectionate and enjoy being stroked and fed by visitors. Also look out for wildlife in the surrounding countryside, including polar foxes, hares and hunting birds.

You’ll get the chance to learn about the ancient Saami culture and be invited to play traditional games, test your lasso throwing skills and reindeer sledding abilities, and maybe even try on some traditional Saami clothing. The locals will put on an authentic lunch spread including fish soup, berry pie and herbal tea, after which you’ll be given the opportunity to purchase handicrafts.

After lunch, we head to a Siberian husky farm. Here, you’ll learn the wonderful story behind the evolution of this iconic northern breed, and spend time getting to know the charming resident dogs here as well as their reindeer stablemates. Take an exhilarating sled ride through the starkly beautiful winter forests with the husky team.

In the evening, we get back into the hotel where we’ll spend the remainder of the evening. If the forecast is good, we embark on Aurora hunting (around 10pm).

Day 4: Departure

Your tour finishes today. After breakfast, it’s time to check out of our Murmansk hotel and take a ride to the airport.

Included

Group airport transfers

All transportation on tour, according to the itinerary

4* hotel accommodation in Murmansk

Breakfasts in the hotel, lunches and dinners in the city

Local licensed English-speaking guide

All excursions and sights, according to the itinerary

Russian visa support document (invitation letter)

Not included

Flights

Travel insurance

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

Individual transfers, nod indicated in the itinerary

Alcohol

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