Murmansk. Adventures in winter wonderland! Trip from Murmansk to St. Petersburg

Language English, Russian
Price 1 900,00 USD for excursion
Capacity Group of more than 10 people
Duration 1 week 3 days

Murmansk region and Karelia are the area of Russian Military Glory during World War II and a Motherland of such indigenous people like Sami and Karels. This trip will be an exclusive opportunity for you to feel real Russian Winter with huge amount of snow, to try real winter entertainments, to learn rich history of this region and to admire Northern Nature – which is modest, severe and extremely beautiful!

You will explore Murmansk – the city of Russian Military Glory and the largest city in the world which is located in the Polar Circle! You will try yourself as a musher and will drive a real husky dog sledding. You will meet the culture of reindeer herders Sami and visit Karelian and Russian villages to understand the difference between these three nationalities of native people who lived in Russian North for ages till our days. Then you will drive a snowmobile to visit Seydozero – sacred lake for Sami, which is guarded by evil sorcerer Kuyva, you will ride a reindeer sleight and have some heat in banya – traditional Russian sauna. You will also have time for skiing and snowboarding. Even if you never tried to do it – you will have a chance to learn!

During the whole trip you will pass 2000 km (1240 miles) crossing Polar Circle of the Earth and watching beautiful nature of Russian North, eating tasty Russian and Northern cuisine, having long interesting conversations about history, cultures and interesting places of Russia with your new friends and maybe, if you will be lucky enough, you will see the most beautiful miracle of north – Polar Lights or Aurora!

ITINERARY:

Day 1. I hope you like dogs and Nuclear technologies

- This day we will start with communication with huskies – the most friendly dogs in the world You will learn about character and hierarchy of huskies and history of the breed. Then you will try yourself as a musher to drive real dog sledding! Huskies are very friendly and love playing with people, so be ready for fun, hugs and happy photos!

- Then we will visit the pride of Soviet Engineering – first in the world Nuclear-powered Icebreaker “Lenin”. You will learn the history of this ship and technologies which were implemented in construction of icebreaker that helped to make a new step for the humanity in Arctic researches field.

- Murmansk is a heroic city and one of the central places in its heroic history takes Northern Marine Fleet. We will visit museum of Northern Marine Fleet and learn its heroic history from the beginning till our days.

Day 2. Is it easy to be a reindeer herder?

- Today you will learn about culture of Sami, indigenious people of Kola Peninsula. You will meet a real Sami who will show you how do they live, how do they build houses and will tell about their lifestyle, reindeer herding and hunting. Here you will try traditional Sami cuisine and while having Sami herbal tea, we will talk about life in tundra, families and everything that is interesting for you about these indigenous people of Kola Peninsula. After that, you will meet reindeers to pat and feed them, and to make huge amount of cool photos And the most exciting event of the day – we will ride a reindeer sledding!

Day 3. Snowmobiling races and mystery of Seydozero

- This day we will have a real winter adventure! We will spend the day driving snowmobiles to Seydozero – a sacred lake for Sami and place of power for Sami Shamans! We will see an evil sorcerer Kuyva, who due to Sami legend, was prisoned in the rock and now he is a keeper of Seydozero lake.

After the whole day in the winter nature we will have an evening in banya – traditional Russian sauna. This is a perfect place to “heat the bones”, and very good for health as prophylactic of many diseases! During banya everybody, who wishes can jump in the snow like Russians do As for me, I will do it for sure!

Day 4. Snow village ang winter childhood entertainments!

- After breakfast at tourist center, we are going to Kirovsk – the city, surrounded with picturesque Khibiny mountains!

- We will visit Stone museum and Snow village, full of snow and ice sculptures, and then we are going to have winter fun as in childhood time – snowtubings, snowball fighting, and if we still have time and energy – we will make a snowman

Day 5 and 6. Winter vacation without ski resort is not our case

- These 2 days we will spend in Kirovsk at ski-resort! We will have a lot of fun riding snowboards or skies! And if you can’t snowboarding or skiing, you can take a lesson with experienced instructor! Polar night is a feature of riding in Kirovsk. That means that every day you can see sunrises and sunsets in the beauty of Khibiny mountains.

- In the evening of the second day we are leaving Murmansk region to Karelia by train from Kirovsk to Petrozavodsk.

Day 7. Driving from Petrozavodsk through Karelia

- This day we’ll start from Railway Station of Petrozavodsk and drive through the whole Karelia.

Our first stop will be at the zoo. You know, I don’t like zoos, because I think that all wild animals should live in the nature… But this is a very unique zoo and we will visit it to support the project. Animals, who live here are the lucky ones, who have got a second chance for life, because they almost 100% should die in wild nature. Some of them came here because of disease, some of them got injuries from hunting traps, some of them were too small when lost their parents, etc. During the tour around zoo, you will learn a unique life story of every animal and will see almost all wild animals which live in Karelia.

- On the way we will visit traditional Karelian village which is more than 200 years old. During this visit we will learn traditions and lifestyle of Karels and try traditional Karelian cuisine.

Day 8. Ruskeala – The beautiful pearl in Karelian necklace

- We will start the day in unbelievably beautiful Ruskeala Marble Quarry – the real treasure of Karelian nature! You will see huge and extremely beautiful marble rocks and learn how through the centuries, layer by layer was formed the marble, that was used in several buildings of Saint Petersburg. Extreme lovers can experience breathtaking rope-jumping from the rock down or zip-line flying with the rope along the quarry!

- We will spend this night in Ethnical Russian village.

Day 9. Feel wide Russian soul by living the whole day in Ethnical Russian village!

- This will be a day full of new emotions dedicated to fun in Ethnical Russian village-park Verkhnie Mandrogi! We will taste traditional Russian food and get new experience trying to do something by our own hands during workshops, also we will communicate with horses and ride a traditional Russian sleigh with 3 horses. If you want, you can shoot from real gun or arbalest or take a lesson of horseback riding.

Day 10. Saint Petersburg – the treasury of Russian Architecture

- This morning we are going to the last point of our journey – incredible Saint Petersburg!

On the way we will visit Alexander-Svirsky Orthodox Monastery, which history starts from 1530. The monastery itself has very beautiful architecture and is located in a very scenic place. This monastery has very rich history, which includes both tragic and triumphal periods. After walking in monastery, we will continue our trip to Saint Petersburg.

- On arrival we will check in the hotel and will go for a walk in the historical center of Saint Petersburg. We will pass such architecture treasures as Hermitage museum and Palace Square, Church of the Savior on Blood, Kazan and Isaac Cathedrals.

- This evening we will have a Long and cozy Farewell Dinner with chatting, laughing and refreshing all amazing adventures that we have experienced together! I guess that we will go to sleep very late today!

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

- Meeting at the airport / railway station

- Transport on tour

- 3-4* Hotel accommodation in twin-rooms

- Accommodation for 2 nights in touristic base

- Food: Daily breakfasts on the route, all meals during living in the touristic base, dinner in Karelian village, lunch in Alexander-Svirsky Monastery, snacks and drinks during long drivings on the route

- Entry fees to attractions and sightseeing

- Active entertainments: Reindeer sledding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, banya (Russian sauna), snowboarding / skiing, workshops, snowtubing, horse sleight riding.

- Photos and movie with your adventures in Russian North

- All necessary consultations and 24-hours support during the trip

- English / Russian speaking guides. If your group needs translation to another language – please, mention it when booking.

- Russian visa support letter

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

- Airfare: Your city – Murmansk, Saint Petersburg – Your city

- Interpreter to another language (if not Russian / English). If your group needs for translation in your language, please, mention about it when booking

- Travel medical insurance

- Visa fees

- Lunches and dinners that are not mentioned above and alcohol (approximately 30-50$ per day)

- Souvenirs, tips and other personal expenses

- Optional entertainments: zip-line (30$), ropejumping (30$), horseback riding (50$), shooting with the gun (20$ for 10 shots), shooting with arbalest (10$ for 10 shots) and others that are not mentioned in main program

- Snowboarding or skiing instructor (60$ for 2 hours)

- Individual transfers during free time

- Additional payment for single accomodation: $400 / €360

Depending upon weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, we keep the right to make changes in our program, leaving it intensive and interesting.

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