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Arctic experiences-Kola Peninsula

(regular 6 days tour):

 

Day 1:

Welcome reception at Murmansk airport and minibus transfer to the cottage. Since the visitors should arrive at different times, no activity is scheduled for this day. This day can be used to rest and get to know the surroundings of the accommodation area, located a few kilometers from Murmansk on the banks of the river Tuloma. Dinner in the cottage and observation of the aurora if anyone whishes to do so.

Day 2:

Day spent at the cottage and walk around the surrounding areas of the river Tuloma. Games and snow related activities (*). Lunch in the cottage. In the afternoon informative session about auroras, with a local astrophotographer, explaining how to take photos and what extra cautions to take at night. This session will be translated by the accompanying guide. Dinner in the cottage.

Observation of the aurora and photo-shooting of the sky at the premises of the cottage.

(*) Depending on weather conditions.

Day 3:

Trip to a Huski farm in minibus. Huski dogs are used to pull the sleighs. Visitors may experience such a ride at no extra cost for a predetermined distance. Lunch on the farm. Return to the cottage. Dinner in the hotel and observation of the aurora and photo-shooting of the sky at the premises of the cottage.

Day 4:

Visit in minibus, to the village of the Saami people to get to know their culture, way of life and watch the reindeer, accompanied by a local guide (lunch included). Return to the cottage. Dinner in the hotel and observation of the aurora and photo-shooting of the sky at the premises of the cottage.

Day 5:

City of Murmansk: guided tour of the first nuclear ice-breaker ship in the world, the “Lenin”, visit to the monument “Alyosha” located on the city hill with panoramic views. Tour to the local history and nature museum. Lunch in the city. Free afternoon for everyone to tour on Murmansk. Pickup before dinner and return to the cottage. Dinner in the cottage. Each guest can decide whether he/she wishes to have a last sky observation session on the premises of the cottage.

Day 6:

Breakfast in the cottage. Minibus transfer to Murmansk airport.

 

(January and February - 6 days tour):

 

 

Day 1: (see above)

Day 2: (see above)

Day 3: (see above)

Day 4:

Visit in minubus, to the city of Kirovsk. Guided tour to the mineralogy museum “Apatit”. Lunch in Kirovsk.Visit to the snow village. Return to the cottage. Dinner in the cottage and observation of the aurora and photo-shooting of the sky at the premises of the cottage.

Day 5: (see above)

Day 6:

Breakfast in the cottage. Minibus transfer to Murmansk airport.

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS:

 

  • The cottage is located close to the Tuloma river, at one of the river banks. It consists of single (double room), double or triple bedded rooms, capable of lodging up to 4 persons each. Each room has a private bathroom and HD TV. Wi-Fi inside the cottage.  Breakfast and dinner on the cottage. The cottage is heated 24 hours a day.
  • All meals are included in the tours.
  • Since this destination lies in a very northern region of the planet, the temperatures in March are still in the minus, with average values ranging from minus 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. The coldest months seems to be from November to February.We recommend visitors to wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes in order to be able to stay outdoors.
  • In order to take pictures of the auroras visitors will need a digital camera (should be a reflex type), a photographic tripod, and to capture the phenomenon with more quality, a wide angle lens with the maximum aperture possible for exposures of a few seconds and don´t forget an extra battery. Sensitive video cameras can capture the aurora too, with great realism. The opportunity can also be used to make “skyscapes” of the sky at this latitude.
  • The observation of auroras is a common phenomenon in this peninsula, however we cannot guarantee its sighting, be it due to very low solar activity, or be it because the skies are overcast. However, if present, they can be spotted if there is a window of opportunity between the clouds.
  • Whenever on excursion or day trip, the meals will be taken at the places to visit, or close by.
  • All excursions to places outside the accommodation area will be made exclusively in a minibus and accompanied by a local english speaking guide.
  • Individual outings to places outside the accommodation area are strongly conditioned by the atmospheric circumstances felt at that moment and will always be on foot.
  • The same (bad) atmospheric circumstances may prevent us from being able to fulfil all the daytime planned activities, moreover if security is at risk, in which case we cannot be held responsible and no refunds can be made.
  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 16 and a minimum of 12 participants.

 

      Not included in the tours:­

-Flight to and from Murmansk and visa
-Travel insurance is mandatory for those applying for a visa, so we do not   include one
-Single room (extra supplement 30EUR per night)
-Photographic equipment and tripod
-Personal extras ( ie. Telephone, laundry, gratuities, etc.)
-Optional activities not mentioned in this fact sheet but available at the places to be visited
-Entries to places other than the ones mentioned in the daily itineraries
-Non-scheduled car trips outside the accommodation area

Tour dates 2017:

October:

14-19 ;­ 24-29­

November:

11-16 ; 21-26

December:

9-14 (polar nights)­

 

­­Tour dates 2018:

January:

20-25

February:

10-15 ; 20-25

March:

10-15 ; 20-25