This is a call from Kola Travel and our customer to all 4x4 camper owners who want to explore Northwestern Russia. The tour can be largely made individually, but for the 4x4 part of the tour a guide with a Russian army truck will accompany the building group. Especially for the 4x4 part of this interesting camper tour we are looking for participants who want to join to share the costs of guiding. The whole tour is from 20th of June until 20th of July 2017 (31 days). Places of stay are mostly on (improvised) camping’s.
The 4x4 part of the tour starts at 06th of July and ends on 14th of July 2017. Accommodation will be mostly in wilderness.
After visiting Murmansk you can leave Russia via to Norway (Kirkenes) on the way to the North Cape or to Finnish Lapland (Ivalo).
Please look at the extensive specifications in “Itinerary” and “Details”!
We do our best to make your camper or caravanning tour in Northwest Russia successful, pleasant, hassle-free and unforgettable!
Day 1, Tuesday, 20.06.2017: Vartius border – Kostomuksha (30 km – 0,5h). Entering Russia via the Border Crossing point Vartius. Drive to Kostomuksha. Stay overnight in a green zone on the lake shore. Water and electricity supply available. Toilets are on the territory. No showers.
Day 2, Wednesday, 21.06.2017: Kostomuksha – Belomorsk (270 km – 6h). Drive through central Karelia to Belomorsk direction. Stay overnight close to a sluice of the Belomorsk canal: electricity and water supply, sewage system, toilets, showers, fire place with equipment to cook.
Day 3, Thursday, 22.06.2017: Boat trip to Solovetsky Islands. Taxi transfer to the harbour of Belomorsk for boat excursion to the Solovetsky islands. Explore the Island on your own or take an optional excursion. During boat trips you have big chance to spot Beluga’s (white whales) in the White Sea and seals on the island beaches. Taxi transfer back to the camping. Optional: guided excursions:
Day 4, Friday, 23.06.2017: Stay at the camping. Today you can have a rest on the camping or have a hike on your own to ancient Petroglyphs; rock carvings dated from 4000 year B.C. Our roadbook will show you the starting point of the hiking tour (4km). If you want, you can also participate on optional programs.
Day 5, Saturday, 24.06.2017: Belomorsk – Chupa (310 km – 6h). Drive to the Beluga Centre on the White Sea shore. The last 30 km to the Beluga centre is a gravel road of a bad quality. Stay at a parking place of the Beluga centre for overnight.
Day 6, Sunday, 25.06.2017: Stay at Beluga centre; watch Beluga whales. Today you will have an excursion to see belugas (accompanied by an instructor). See: Beluga watching and swimming with belugas. You also can watch the village which has houses of old style building and hike to Panfilova Varaka mountain. There is a beautiful view from the top of the mountain.
Day 7, Monday, 26.06.2017: Chupa – Kandalaksha (140 km – 3h). Drive to Kola Peninsula direction. On the way visit Kovda village and the historical wooden church. Arrival in Kandalaksha in the afternoon. Possibility to go for shopping for the next days. Overnight at a parking place of a mountain ski slope. The parking has electricity and water supply and sewing system for draining toilets. When the weather permits you can climb up the ski-slope for a nice panorama over the Kanda Bay with all the beautiful islands.
Day 8, Tuesday, 27.06.2017: Kandalaksha – Umba (110 km – 2h). Just after leaving Kandalaksha you can visit an ancient stone labyrinth named ‘Babylon’ from 2000 year B.C. by foot. It will take about 3 hours. Continue to drive to Umba village, which is dated by the 14th century. This is a village of sea dwellers named POMORY. Visit to Pomor’s Museum and to craft shops. Umba is restricted area and we try to arrange the necessary permits. Stay overnight at a parking place of a guesthouse on the river Umba shore (in not restricted area). Treat yourself to a delicious traditional salmon dinner! Possibility for electricity, water and sewing system for draining toilets.
Day 9, 28.06.2017, Wednesday: Stay the guesthouse. Go for visiting the historical museum and workshops or try your luck in catching a huge salmon in the river beside the parking! Possibility to rent fishing rods. Or go a full day Atlantic salmon fishing at professional fishing camp Umba Lodge with guide service including lunch and dinner.
Day 10, 29.06.2017, Thursday: Umba – Lodochny Ruchey (120 km – 2h). Continue driving along the White Sea shore to come to the Lodochny Spring tourist base. On the way visit Kashkarantsy, a traditional Pomor village. Visit the Chapel of the Unknown Monk near the sea. Stay the night right beside the White Sea on a camping place. Enjoy cooking on a camp fire and relax in the sauna. Asphalt road: 67 km, gravel road: 53 km.
Day 11 - 16, 30.06-05.07.2017, Friday-Wednesday: Stay at Lodochny Ruchey. There is a lot to do on Lodochny Ruchey. It is in the middle of a unique beautiful area; name Tersky Coast. Look at the link for possible activities.
Day 17, 06.07.2017, Thursday: Lodochny – Muna (170km - 8h). Drive back to Umba and meet a guide with an 4x4 drive car or truck. Continue to drive northwards (off-road) in Kirovsk direction. We have to concur muddy, stony and sandy tracks and to cross several rivers. See wild nature, forests, crystal clear lakes, hills, swamps, sandy places. Wilderness overnight. Gravel and asphalt: 130 km, off-road: 50 km.
Day 18, 07.07.2017, Friday: Muna – Inga (50km – 6h). Continue to Kirovsk. The tracks are like day 17. Meet abended villages and a rich nature. Wilderness overnight in or beside Saami Sot house name “Vezha”.
Day 19, 08.07.2017, Saturday: Inga – Oktyabrsky (50km – 6h). We continue the forest road further northwards and on the horizon we can see the Khibiny Mountains. The tracks are like day 17 and 18. At noon we expect to be in a remote village, named Oktyabrsky close to Khibiny Mountains. We can have sauna and overnight in or beside our lumberjack guesthouse "Yolki Palki". Possibility for electricity and water supply.
Day 20, 09.07.2017, Sunday: Day of rest. Checking vehicle and equipment. Or excursion to the rests of a Stalinist camp (Gulag). We drive a muddy road with a lot of water pools to the rests of a Stalinist labour camp (20km).
Day 21, 10.07.2017, Monday: Oktyabrsky – Khibiny Tundra (60km – 6h). After breakfast we drive to Kirovsk city for shopping. We can have lunch in a café. Then we continue off-road to a valley in the centre of the Khibiny Mountains. Wilderness lunch during day. Stay the night close to a beautiful waterfall in wilderness.
Day 22, 11.07.2017, Tuesday: Stay in Khibiny Tundra. We leave our cars and go for a day hiking tour to the Risschor Valley. This valley is an old glacier. From here you have a beautiful view on Lovozero Tundra and Umbozero lake. In the valley posibillity to find minerals like Evdialite and Astrophilite. Overnight close to the waterfall.
Day 23, 12.07.2017, Wednesday: Khibiny – Khibiny lake area (15 km – 1h) Drive to a beautiful lake area. Stay the night in on the shore of the lake.
Day 24, 13.07.2017, Thursday: Stay in Khibiny lake area. Explore the nature by foot, fishing in the river nearby, making campfires, boating (if you have), swimming…. Overnight on the shore of the lake.
Day 25, 14.07.2017, Friday: Khibiny lake area – Monchegorsk (140km – 4h). We go back to civilisation. First we drive back to Kirovsk and slowly onwards to Monchegorsk. Three blue lakes almost divide the city in islands. The biggest Cathedral of Murmansk region is one of major places of interest in Monchegorsk city. You can learn more about the history of Monchegorsk in the local Historical museum or to watch an outstanding collection of minerals in the Museum of Coloured Stones. Stay on the parking on the shore of Imandra Lake. Possibility for electricity, water and sewing system for draining toilets.
Day 26, 15.07.2017, Saturday: Monchegorsk – Huskyfarm (100km – 2h). Drive to a Siberian Husky farm which is located in Lovozero area – place of living for Saami people on Kola Peninsula. The host shows you the husky farm during a 4 hour program. Stay the night at the farm. Possibility for electricity and water.
Day 27, 16.07.2017, Sunday: Huskyfarm – Via Revda to a Saami Settlement (70km – 6h). After breakfast drive to one of the mountain summits of Lovozero Mountains (1.106 m) with steep walls of 200 m and with beautiful view on the Kola Peninsula. Lunch on the way. From Lovozero tundra we drive to a Saami Settlement where we stay the night. Possibility for sauna.
Day 28, 17.07.2017, Monday: Saami Settlement – Murmansk (160km – 3h). Excursion in the Saami Settlement. Continue to drive to Murmansk city. Stay beside Murmansk city on a top of hill at the parking of a hotel. The hotel has a swimming pool, delicious restaurant and a beautiful view on Murmansk city.
Day 29, 18.07.2017, Tuesday: Sightseeing Murmansk. You can explore the city on your own following the route maps and descriptions from us. Or you can take optional guided excursions.
Day 30, 19.07.2017, Wednesday: Murmansk – Teriberka (120km – 2h). After breakfast drive to Teriberka village and the Barents sea shore. We stay the night on the shore of a lake.
Day 31, 20.07.2017, Thursday: Teriberka – Russ/Norw. Border (370km – 6h). Time to say farewell to Russia. From Teriberka village drive back to Murmansk and continue to Norway. Cross border at Borisoglebsky/Kirkenes.
You are free to choose the days for joining in this tour. You can even drive another route and join on the off-road days and after that you can go your own way again. We can help you with planning the route. Just contact us.
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|Duration:||31 days on Russian Territory|
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