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. Kola may not be on the tourist radar, but that’s what makes it special. Why do we visit Kola in the coldest part of the year? Well, the Northern Lights are best seen in the winter months. The city of Kirovsk in the Murmansk region of the Kola Peninsula, 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.
Type of tour
3 days / 2 nights
Meet your guide at the Murmansk airport and take a guided tour of the city, followed by a transfer to small city of Kirovsk. This is the first evening we might be lucky enough to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis over the city.
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. Don't forget to look up for the Aurora.
Today you will meet the Kola Peninsula’s indigenous Saami at a husky farm. Go dog sledding or even try your hand at commanding a reindeer crew. After a traditional Saami lunch, proceed to Murmansk airport.
2 nights in Kirovsk
Breakfasts in the hotel, some lunches during the day program
Airport transfers and transportation on tour, according to the itinerary
English speaking guide for Murmansk city tour and snowmobiling tour
English speaking personal at sighs/locations according to the itinerary
Russian visa support document (invitation letter)
*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.
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