Quest for Aurora Borealis

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. 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.

The Quest for Aurora Borealis Trip Highlights

  • Kirovsk is set against the backdrop of Lake Veliky Vudyavr and the surrounding snow-capped mountains and is considered one of the best places in the region to view the Northern Lights
  • The Snow Village in Kirovsk is a huge architectural structure made entirely out of snow and ice. Guests wander through a maze of fantastically lit up tunnels where artists have carved out incredibly detailed displays into the walls. There’s an ice sculpture park an even an Ice Chapel where it’s possible to be married
  • Carve it up on a 4-hour snowmobile safari to the Khibiny Mountains. Here we’ll enjoy an afternoon picnic, and in the evening, another chance to see the lights of Aurora Borealis glowing above the forested landscape
  • Visit a Siberian husky farm in Lovozero. 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 3 day Kola Peninsula tour has been designed especially for visitors to Russia over winter hoping to experience the otherworldly beauty of Aurora Borealis. Our tour kicks off in the city of Murmansk (population 304,000) the largest city above the Arctic Circle and a 2 and half hour flight from Moscow. After a guided city tour of Murmansk, we’ll transfer to the nearby town of Kirvosk in the Murmansk Region of the Kola Peninsula. A mining town, Kirovsk attracts a steady trickle of tourists in the winter months, having earned a reputation as one of the best places in the world for seeing the Northern Lights in all their otherworldly glory. The lights often put on a display over the roofs of the town and its forested surrounds, dancing and shape-shifting in the clear night sky in a breathtaking array of colours including greens, pinks, yellows, blues and violets.

The Kola Peninsula is home to the Saami people, who also inhabit northern Scandinavia. These semi-nomadic reindeer herders traverse the tundra on husky-drawn sleds. This tour will also introduce us to indigenous Saami culture. At the Lovozero husky farm, we’ll partake in a traditional Saami meal, go on a dog sledding adventure in the tundra and perhaps even try our hands commanding a reindeer crew.

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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Trip style



3* hotel

Nature, Culture


Action rating

Group size

Type of tour

3 days / 2 nights




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Day 1:Arrival to Murmansk

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.

Day 2:Kirovsk: Snow Village and 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. Don't forget to look up for the Aurora.

Day 3:Lovozero: Saami people and husky dog sledding

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

Activities and sights

  • Murmansk city tour
  • snowmobiling tour in Khibiny mountains
  • program at Husky Farm
  • program at Saami Settlement


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.

Not included

  • Guide and car services for hunting Aurora Borealis
  • Flight tickets
  • Travel insurance, visa, individual transfers, tips

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