Trip Ancient Cultures of the Far North

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Mos-tour is proud to present a new winter project that takes you on a snowmobile tour of the Kola Peninsula, north of the Arctic Circle - a hauntingly beautiful land, with vast expanses of tundra, snow-covered forest, austere mountains, and ice-bound lakes.  Visitors to this remote region often feel that it is completely untouched by the hand of man – but archaeologists have discovered a large number of rock carvings in the region, similar to those found in Scandinavia, as well as other enigmatic stone structures, which suggest that many millennia ago this area was the center of an extensive culture. In fact, many specialists believe that the Kola Peninsula was the area known to the Ancient Greeks as Hyperborea, an ancient civilization ‘beyond the North Wind’. On this exciting tour of the Kola Peninsula you will see the beautiful Lake Imandra – famous for its crystal-clear waters in the Summer, and in winter a vast and mysterious snow-covered plateau. You will ride across the frozen Lovozero tundra to Lake Seydozero, sacred to the native Sami people of the peninsula, and see the huge figure of Kuiva the Giant, a mysterious rock carving high above the shore of the lake. And you will explore the Khibiny Mountains - the backbone of the Kola Peninsula. This is a magical land, a land of silence, full of the echoes of ancient myth, and the night sky has a special quality. And while of course we cannot promise this, you will have a good chance of seeing the wonderful Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which can be seen 150 nights in the year. Currently the group tour you can join is set for the following dates: January, 24-27 February, 7-10 February, 21-24 March, 6-9 April, 11-14 

Itinerary

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Day 1
09:00-11:00
We pick you up in Murmansk airport arrival hall/train station/hotel lobby
Transfer to the snowmobile base
Lunch in a café along the way (paid separately)
Training in use of the snowmobiles, issue of equipment
Ride on snowmobiles through the forest and tundra to Lake Imandra
Lunch en route
Visit to see ancient cliff carvings (petroglyphs)
Ride to guest house
Night supper
Russian bath in the guest house, which is located on the edge of the forest, by the shore of the lake. Although fairly basic, it has everything you need for your stay.
(Total distance on snowmobiles - 100 km)
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Day 2
Breakfast
Travel by snowmobile through the Lovozero tundra to Lake Seydozero - Seyd means ‘holy’ in the Sami language
Lunch en route
Accommodation in comfortable fully-equipped guest house
Russian steam bath, dinner
Return to guest house
(Total distance on snowmobiles - 150 km)
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Day 3
Breakfast
Snowmobile ride along the shore of Lake Seydozero. There are two possible routes: in good weather we will travel along the high ground, with superb views of the lake, otherwise we will stick close to the lake shore
Snacks en route
Ice fishing on the lake - we will cook and eat the fish on the spot
Return to the guest house
(Total distance on snowmobiles - 80 km)
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Day 4
Breakfast
Snowmobile ride to the Khibiny mountains
Lunch en route
Travel through mountain passes and valleys back to the snowmobile base
End of the tour
Transfer to your hotel in Murmansk or to Murmansk airport/train station

Details

Meeting point
We'll pick you up at the airport or train station (please let us know which one - in advance)
How to get there?
Take a plane or train to Murmansk. We'll take bring you over to the other locations during the tour!
Important information
Kola Peninsula is a region with a truly challenging weather + you'll be travelling through the tundra in harsh conditions! Please bring your clothes for the toughest winter possible.

Included

  • Transportation (transfers, snowmobiles)
  • English-speaking guide and instructor for the entire programme
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner (see details)
  • Snowmobile, equipment + fuel for the entire programme
  • Accommodation in guesthouses (3 nights)

Optional add-ons

  • Souvenirs
  • Extra meals
  • Airfare to Murmansk 

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