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Sami vacation
Sami vacation

A snowmobile tour to the Kola Peninsula

Sami vacation
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 10 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
Start date
11 January 2019
  • 11 January 2019
  • 18 January 2019
  • 25 January 2019
  • 1 February 2019
  • 11 February 2019
  • 15 February 2019
  • 22 February 2019
End date:
13 January 2019
47 000 RUB

The vast expanses of the Russian North, Aurora Borealis, snowmobiling and reindeer sleigh rides will make this winter more memorable than anything you have experienced before! You will visit the Russian Lapland, try the national Sami cuisine and see the sacred snow-covered Lake Seidozero.

Sami vacation
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 10 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
Start date
11 January 2019
  • 11 January 2019
  • 18 January 2019
  • 25 January 2019
  • 1 February 2019
  • 11 February 2019
  • 15 February 2019
  • 22 February 2019
End date:
13 January 2019
47 000 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Active holidays in the Kola Peninsula

You will stay on the bank of the picturesque Lake Lovozero overlooking the Lovozero tundra. You will see primordial nature of the Russian Lapland and watch the Northern Lights, go a dog and deer sledding through the winter forest. You will have fascinating snowmobile routes during which you will have a chance to see wild animals of the Kola Peninsula: foxes, hares, deer, partridges and wood grouse. 

 

You will overcome Umbozersky and Partomchorr passes, visit the sacred Lake Seidozero, and will ride a snowmobile to one of the peaks of the Lovozero tundra — the Mount Mannepakh (950 m high). Yoy will have an opportunity to learn more about the North peoples' culture, visiting a private ethnographic complex. You will enjoy the fascinating snowmobile safari and the endless expanses of Northern nature.

 

Pay attention: in case of bad weather, the tour program may change, and the guide may delay the starting of the route.

 

Itinerary

The journey begins in Apatity or Kirovsk, where you have to get on your own by train or by plane. We are ready to help with the tickets purchasing, if necessary, leave a comment on the application.

Day 1 Snowmobiling to the Lake Lovozero

You will be met at the Apatity railway station or the airport and taken to the snowmobile camp in Kirovsk. We will stop en route at a cafe to have breakfast.

 

Then you will be provided with gear and trained to operate a snowmobile, after that you will start the journey. You will overcome the Umbozersky pass and see Lake Umbozero. Then continue snowmobiling to Lake Lovozero, which will be the end point of the route today. You will stay in the guest house, have dinner and relax.

 

The day route length is about 130 kilometers.

Day 2 Reindeer sleigh rides and dog sledding

After breakfast you will ride a snowmobile to Lake Seidozero. Then you will visit a private ethnographic complex, where you will get acquainted with Siberian huskies and reindeer and ride a reindeer sleigh.

 

Also dog sledding to the forest settlement is waiting for you today. Here you will learn more about the Polar nature and traditions of the people living at the Russian North. You will have a delicious lunch in a cozy national tent, after which you will go back. 

 

Returned to the guest house, you would have dinner. In the evening you can visit traditional Russian bathhouse.
 

The day route length is about 80 kilometers.

Day 3 The vastness of the Khibiny mountains

In the morning you will have breakfast and ride a snowmobile toward the Khibiny Mountains. The return route to Kirovsk will be different. If possible, you will climb one of the peaks of the Lovozero Tundras, the 950-meter Mount Mannepakh. It offers the great views of Lake Umbozero and the Khibiny Mountians.

 

Moving toward Kirovsk you will overcome the Partomchorr Pass. Upon arrival in the city, you will have dinner in the cafe and then go to the airport or railway station.


The day route length is about 150 kilometers.

Sami vacation
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 10 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
Start date
11 January 2019
  • 11 January 2019
  • 18 January 2019
  • 25 January 2019
  • 1 February 2019
  • 11 February 2019
  • 15 February 2019
  • 22 February 2019
End date:
13 January 2019
47 000 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

You will stay at the Yulinskaya Salma Guest House, located on the bank of Lake Lovozero. This is a big, clean and comfortable guest house that offers friendly staff, delicious homemade food and an excellent sauna.


Each room is for two or three persons, toilets are on the floor.

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Who will be my guide +

An instructor will accompany the group. He will lay a snowmobile track.

Are there any restrictions of participation in the tour +

The snowmobiling is allowed to persons from 18 years old. The route is optimal for people who first ride a snowmobile. The daily route length is on average 120-150 km.

 

Ordinary glasses are not allowed — they immediately sweat and freeze. If you have poor eyesight, please use contact lenses or special ski goggles with diopters.

Can children take part +

Children over 12 years old can participate in the tour as passengers.

Meals +

Meals in the cafe and in the guest house on Lake Lovozero are included in the tour price. Also you will have a snack on the daily routes. During the trip you will taste the national Sami cuisine, fish, venison and local vegetables.

What equipment is used +

Two-seater four-stroke Lynx 49 Ranger or Lynx Adventure snowmobiles.

 

Also you will be provided with the necessary equipment:

  • jumpsuit made of thick fabric with the single-layer padding polyester lining
  • 2 balaklava (thin and thick)
  • helmet with the double-glass visor 
  • snowmobile boots with felt insert
  • fur mittens (in case of very cold weather)


Participants bear full financial responsibility for the rental equipment and clothes.

What should I bring with me +

Clothes and shoes:

  • T-shirts, underwear
  • Thermal underwear made of thin Polartec
  • Training pants made of thick Polartec (fleece), jacket made of thick fleece with a shawl collar or a hoodie/thick sweater
  • Downy sweater under the jumpsuit  in case of severe cold weather. You can use a ski jacket or jumpsuit.
  • Sweatpants for staying in guest houses
  • 2 pairs of thick wool socks, 1 pair of thermal socks and 1 pair of cotton socks 
  • Ski and fleece gloves
  • Ski cap, Balaclava (optional)
  • Warm scarf
  • Rubber Slippers and bath towel (to visit the bathhouse)


Personal belongings and equipment:

  • Backpack or bag (up to 60 litres)
  • Small shoulder backpack (up to 30 liters)
  • Face protective cream 
  • Personal first aid kit (if there is a need for special medicines)
  • Ski mask 
  • Thermos (recommended)
What will the weather be like +

The weather on the Kola Peninsula is unstable and quite extreme. There is a high probability of sudden temperature changes from 0°C to -30°C, also there may be strong winds and blizzards.

Booking

Sami vacation

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 10 person
Duration
3 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
47 000 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Accommodation in the guest house at Lake Lovozero

  • Meals as provided by the programm

  • Transfer from the Apatity railway station to Kirovsk and back

  • Lynx snowmobiles and equipment rental

  • Reindeer ride and dog sledding

  • Sauna

Extra charge:
  • Flights or train tickets to/from Apatity or Kirovsk

  • Single-rider snowmobile fee (+8000 RUB per person)

  • Transfer from the Apatity airport to Kirovsk and back

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Accommodation in the guest house at Lake Lovozero

  • Meals as provided by the programm

  • Transfer from the Apatity railway station to Kirovsk and back

  • Lynx snowmobiles and equipment rental

  • Reindeer ride and dog sledding

  • Sauna

  • Flights or train tickets to/from Apatity or Kirovsk

  • Single-rider snowmobile fee (+8000 RUB per person)

  • Transfer from the Apatity airport to Kirovsk and back

11 Jan 2019, Fri — 13 Jan 2019, Sun
47 000 RUB
18 Jan 2019, Fri — 20 Jan 2019, Sun
47 000 RUB
25 Jan 2019, Fri — 27 Jan 2019, Sun
47 000 RUB
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