ROADTRIP WITH US FROM FINLAND TO RUSSIA’S KOLA PENINSULA – A PLACE WHERE ONLY THE HARDIEST SURVIVE.
We start in Rovaniemi, Finland and travel across the Russian border to the Kola Peninsula. This area sits entirely above the Arctic Circle, and juts out between the White and Barents Seas. This is a place where only the hardiest survive. This area may not be on the tourist radar, but that’s what makes it special. You’ll get to travel to a land dominated by forests, tundras, mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes and rivers and rugged coastline. Our base for this tour is the city of Kirovsk. A soviet era mining town and the major skiing centre in Northwest Russia. The small town is surrounded by the Khibiny Mountains and it is close to two ski resorts: modern Big Wood and traditional Kukisvumchorr. You’ll get to ride at the surrounding resorts with our Russian and English speaking guides. The city of Kirovsk is also 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.
TOUR DATES & PRICE
April 5 – 11, 2019
AUD $2690 per person
- 6 nights twin share accommodation, Hotel Severnaya, Kirovsk
- 5 days of professional guiding with Russian & English speaking mountain guides
- Breakfast daily
- All transportation and excursions in Kirovsk
- Group transfers, Rovaniemi Airport – Kirovsk – Rovaniemi Airport
- Mint Tours tour manager on hand throughout trip
5 April, 2019 – Arrival Rovaniemi / Transfer to Russia
Arrival at Rovaniemi Airport. Meet your guides at the airport and we’ll make the journey across the Finnish / Russian border to our hotel in the city of Kirovsk. The hotel is located in the heart of the city of Kirovsk in the central square, surrounded by picturesque Khibiny mountains. After checking in, you will have time to relax. In the evening we will regroup dinner and a a Welcome Session and safety briefing with our guides.
April 6 to 10, 2019 – Exploring the Kola Peninsula
Each day will follow a similar format. After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guides and be prepared for the day ahead. We will have a flexible itinerary to allow for weather. Each day your guides will look at weather and conditions and make a plan for the day. From our base in Kirovsk, we can access the nearby resorts, the large modern resort Big Wood and traditional Kukisvumchorr, which has the steepest terrain in the region. If the conditions are right, there are great off-piste riding options at both resorts. For anyone wanting to explore beyond the boundaries, and who have touring and safety equipment, backcountry guiding sessions and snowmobile sessions can be arranged.
In the evening, join your guides for dinner at one of the local restaurants. There is everything from traditional Russian fare, to western options.If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the local food scene, you’ll be wanting to try the local pelmeni (Russian-style ravioli), and deer meat.If you’re looking for some nightlife, surprisingly Kirovsk has a Craft Beer Bar that’s popular with the local snow community. It not only serves local and international beers, but also has some amazing local produce including local grilled meats and steaks, burgers and the freshest oysters, mussels and scallops from the nearby White Sea. If the conditions are right, you may also get to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The city of Kirovsk is also one of the world’s premier destinations to view this phenomenon.
April 11, 2019 – Departure Day
After breakfast we check out of our hotel and travel back across the border to Finland. We will transfer all guests to Rovaniemi Airport.
Throughout the tour you’ll stay at Hotel Severnaya on the main street, Lenina Prospekt. It is the highest rated hotel in Kirovsk with twin share rooms that include a TV, a mini-bar and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. It also has a restaurants and bar on-site.
ENTRY & EXIT
Australian citizens must obtain a visa before entering Russia. Mint Tours can assist with all Russian Visa arrangements.
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