Polar Adventure Holiday on Kola Peninsula day by day:
Day 1. Saturday: Arrival at Murmansk airport and transfer to Monchegorsk.
Check-in at a hotel.
Dinner in a nice Russian café.
Optional: Transfer from Kuusamo or Rovaniemi airport in Finland.
Day 2. Sunday: Travel by motor-boat down Imandra Lake to Nifeliny
Peski Station (10 km). From there hike on the forest path as far as
Aku-Aku Ravine. The Ravine’s entrance is guided by tall pine-trees and
the walls look like an old broken castle. There is a picturesque lake
among the cliffs, and numerous streams - one with a small waterfall, and
lonely standing rocks like trolls turned into stones. Follow the Ravine
Aku-Aku up to the Yumyekorr Pass, a narrow pass squeezed between two
rock cliffs. Yumyekorr means "Ravine of Dead Men". According to legend
the Saami battled Swedes here at the end of the 16th century. Hike down
to the Meridian Stream through a grove of northern birches up to the
Chasnaiok River ("The Woodpecker’s River"). Overnight in a tent camp.
Distance of hike: 17 km.
Day 3. Monday: Follow the path along the Chasnaiok River to the
South Chorgorr Pass. We can watch the steep slopes of the Lidichwumchorr
Mountains on which there are fantastic rock outcrops. The South Chorgorr
Pass is smooth wide lowering of the crest (820 m). At lower elevations
there is a stunning rock circle with a jewel-like lake. Proceed down
through the pass to the Petrelius River and make camp in the circus of
West Petrelius Pass. Distance of hike: 14 km.
Day 4. Tuesday: Ascend to the top of the West Petrelius Pass. We
leave our backpacks there to hike free to the highest peak of Kola
Peninsula – Judychvumchorr Mountain (1200 m above the sea level). Then
we come back, pick up our backpacks and proceed down to the valley of
the Malaya Belaya River and to a stone circle with "moon" craters on its
bottom. Follow the Malaya Belaya River on the path up to the Ramzai
Ravine, also narrow pass between two rock cliffs. Snow can be kept in
the ravine up to the autumn. Proceed down along the Pochajok River ("The
Reindeer’s River") to the Malyi Vudyavr Lake where our bus is waiting.
Transfer to an old village Oktyabrsky where lumberjack guesthouse Yolki-Palki
is located. Sauna, dinner and overnight Distance
of hike: 14 km.
Day 5. Wednesday: Breakfast. Today we prepare the catamarans for
tomorrow start of rafting tour. The rest of the day you can rest and
prepare yourself too. In afternoon the sauna will be ready.
Day 6. Thursday: After breakfast transfer to the end of Umbrozero
Lake where the Umba River starts to flow southwards. This is the beginning of
your rafting tour on a catamarans. After the start excitement starts
immediately with big waves and you get acquainted with the catamaran. Lunch
during the day and dinner on the shore of the river. Overnight in tents.
Catamaran daily distance: 15 km.
Day 7 to 9. Friday to Sunday: Every day after a good breakfast
we paddle about 15 km with a snack stop on the water, a lunch break
(with campfire) on one the many beautiful shores of the river and at the
end of the paddling day we make a camp with campfire and have a good
dinner. Halfway we
reach Kanozero Lake. We will spend time watching a famous
ancient rock carvings; Petroglyphs. These
mystic artefacts are dated 5000 years before our era. There is still
considerable conjecture as to what purpose the carvings actually served,
but most scientists agree that they played a part in the rituals of very
early inhabitants of the area. They are related to number of the most
famous ancient arts in the world. Overnight in tents. Catamaran daily
distance: 15 km.
Day 10. Monday: Breakfast. Today we are going to finish our trip
in the South part of Kola Peninsula. Our off-road bus is waiting on the
shore of the river. Transfer to a nice cottage in a small Pomor village on the White Sea shore.
Sauna, dinner and overnight. Catamaran distance: 20 km
Day 11. Tuesday: Day of rest. Breakfast. You can recover and
check your equipment. You can go boating (and for fishing) on the
White Sea or hike or bike and look around in the nice village. Late
afternoon the Banya (real Russian sauna) is hot and you can swim in the
sea to cool down. A delicious dinner will be ready. Overnight.
Day 12. Wednesday: Breakfast. We start a biking part of our
Polar tour in the South part of Kola Peninsula. Bike along the coast;
weather-permitting, a swim at a sand beach. Lunch by the sea. Overnight
in tents in wilderness. Campfire dinner. Biking distance: 50 km.
Day 13.Thursday: Breakfast. We have to bike several tens
kilometres until the next point of our destination - Kashkarantsy
village. Kashkarantsy is one of Pomor villages which keeps old houses
how they were one hundred years ago. People who live there trade in
fishing. Later on the shore there is the Chapel
of one "Unknown Monk". The origin of the Chapel comes from the XIII
century when no villages existed at the White Sea coast and fishermen
lived close to the sea in separated houses named "Tonya". This is also a
nice place for having lunch-break. We continue to bike to Amethyst
Rock on the Cape Ship – a high rock standing in the sea. It consists of Amethyst rock and we can
find there. Then we continue our way up to"Lodochny Ruchey".
Campfire dinner. Overnight in small wooden houses in more persons rooms
on the White Sea shore in wilderness. In the evening we go for bear
watching on the bike and you have a very big change to see wild bears.
Biking distance: 45 km.
Day 14. Friday: Next morning we will find ourselves still
surrounded by plentiful nature of the White Sea. Breakfast around the
campfire. We bike eastwards on the shore along ebb-tide to the mouth of
Varzuga River. This is the most east point of the Kola Peninsula what we
can reach by own power. Our off-road bus will pick us up and we drive
via dunes to the very old village Kuzomen dated of 17th century. Late
afternoon we will arrive to Varzuga village - the earliest settlement on
the Tersky Coast of the White Sea. In the village we stay in a cottage.
Sauna and a delicious farewell dinner prepared by the locals hosts is
waiting for us. Biking distance: 40 km.
Day 15. Saturday: After breakfast transfer by the off-road bus to
Kandalaksha city. Lunch. Transfer to Murmansk airport for departure.
Optional: Transfer to Kuusamo or Rovaniemi airport in Finland.
Polar Adventure Holiday on Kola Peninsula details
• 1 night in a double standard room
in a business class hotel in Monchegorsk
• 2 nights in twin room in lumberjack guesthouse with sauna
• 1 night in wooden house guesthouse type with 1 twin room and more 4-persons rooms
• 1 night in wooden house 4 persons room (toilet outside)
• 1 night in wooden house in 4-persons room (toilet outside) with
• 8 nights in tents
The participant must have experience
in hiking in stony areas, biking cycling in hilly areas,
pedalling on a streamline and must have a good condition.
3 - 12 persons
• Day 1 dinner, day 2 till 14 food three times per day, day 15 breakfast and lunch
• Luggage transport between the tours and during bicycle part
• Rent of 2p-tent
• Rent of ATB bike
• Service by 4x4 vehicle
• Service from experienced guide
• Visa invitation
• Medical and Rescue insurance which covers helicopter evacuation in
• Excursions in cities of Kola Peninsula
• Transfer from/to airports in Finland or Norway: EUR 99,-- pp one way (5,5 hours)
Passport must be valid at least 6 months after date of return. A visa is required. We handle the tourist invitation.
• The participant must possess medical insurance that at very least covers the European part of the Russian Federation.