Winter is a fascinating time of year on the Kola Peninsula. With snow blanketing silent mountains, and Northern Lights spiralling in the polar night sky. The tundra seems like a fairy-tale world. A true northern winter reigns up here, beyond the Arctic Circle, beckoning with its beauty and promise of adventure.
After an introduction about Kola Peninsula in Worlds biggest city above the polar circle Murmansk, your cross-country ski-tour will start from the shore of Imandra Lake. You will ski between and over islands through open area and forests with beautiful views to the rounded Khibiny Mountains in Russian Lapland. The overnights will be in small cabins, mountain guesthouse and spa-hotel. Your luggage is transported by a snowmobile and you ski on the snowmobile track. The total length of the tour is about 140 km with the daily ski distances between 20 and 40 km. Experience in cross-country skiing is necessary.
Would you like to ski in the Winter Queen Kingdom?
Day 1: Arrival in Murmansk airport. Transfer to a hotel in Monchegorsk (140 km). Check-in, dinner on your own in a Russian café and overnight in the hotel. (-,-,-)
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. This day we train and try-out our equipment in the surroundings of Monchegorsk close to Khibiny Tundra.
Lunch during skiing day. In the afternoon we will have a Russian shashlik party in the forest. Overnight in the hotel. (B,L,-)
Distance of skiing: 20 km (or more, if want).
Day 3: Breakfast. Today we will meet our snowmobile guide whom takes care for luggage transport and we start our
ski-tour with crossing Imandra Lake towards Khibiny Tundra to a small village named Imandra Station.
Sauna, diner and overnight in a country house in more person room. Not necesarry lugguage during the tour you can leave in the hotel. (B,L,D)
Distance of skiing: 25 km.
Day 4: Breakfast. We continue beside the foot of the mountains and change the lake area for a beautiful forest landscape.
After a campfire lunch we will come in a valley which leads us to the centre of Khibiny Tundra.
Sauna, dinner and overnight in a small wilderness hotel surrounded by mountains. (B,L,D)
Distance of skiing: 30 km.
Day 5: Breakfast at the hotel. First we ski to eastwards to have a beautiful view on the forest valley and
then we ski through the valley to the South. Campfire lunch during tour.
Dinner and overnight in Sanatorium Health Centre in twin room with shower and toilet.
The evening can be spent with the additional services of the SPA-Centre, sauna, swimming pool, massage and other healthy and
medical services (to order in advance). (B,L,D)
Distance of skiing: 20 km (or more, if want)
Day 6: Breakfast. We continue our way westwards. Today it will be the summit of the ski-tour! We ski through valleys
to the famous Ramzai Pass (743m), a cleft with high steep walls. We will ski in the desolate white world of snow plateaus
surrounded by the highest mountains of Khibiny Tundra. Campfire lunch.
Later we ski over the lake with lots of islands on the foot of the mountains to a road direction.
A bus waits for us there. Transfer to Monchegorsk and check-in at the hotel. In the evening farewell dinner.
Overnight in the hotel. (B,L,D)
Distance of skiing: 40 km.
Day 7: Breakfast. At 10:00 transfer to Murmansk. Check-in at hotel "Azimut" in the city centre. Lunch in the hotel. At 13:00 city-tour (Icebreaker Lenin, monuments/church and historical museum). At 19:00 you are back in the hotel. Dinner on your own in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L,-)
Day 8: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Murmansk airport for the flight homewards. (B,-,-)
|Level:||Experience in cross-country skiing is necessary!|
|Group size:||From 4 to 12 persons|
|Duration:||8 days (7 nights)|
From the second week of January weekly until end of April.|
Guaranteed starts at 22.02 and 16.03.2019. Other dates on request.
Prices are depending of groupsize.|
Please contact us.
|Documents:||Passport must be valid at least 6 months after date of return. A visa is required. We handle the tourist invitation.|
|Insurance:||The participant must possess medical insurance that at very least covers the European part of the Russian Federation.|
Cross-country skiing day with guide in Monchegorsk surroundings (partly lighted). For beginners (including lesson) and experienced cross-country skiers.
Ski Marathon is usually held on a first Sunday in April in Murmansk and is part of the traditional Festival of the North (Prazdnik Severa). Two distances: 25 and 50 km. Euro Loppet.