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Chasing The Northern Lights
Self Drive Expedition Across The Kola Peninsula


Self Driven Tour

10th to 21st February 2024
Number of days: 12

Self Driven Road Trip Distance

Distance Covered:
2000 kms (approx.)

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Vehicle: SUV (UAZ Patriot)

Russia is a realm of diverse landscapes and cultures. It’s a land of extremes and exquisite beauty, from the cultural riches of its urban centers to the tranquility of its vast wilderness. Experience the charm of St. Petersburg, the energy of Moscow, and the tranquil solitude of its pristine wilderness. Discover the heart and soul of Russia, a nation that leaves an indelible mark on every traveler.

Uncover the secrets of this vast country, where rich traditions, stunning natural wonders, and warm-hearted people come together to create a journey you’ll cherish for a lifetime. From the iconic landmarks to the hidden gems, Russia invites you to embark on an adventure that promises to capture your heart and soul.

Experience Russia like never before. Space is limited, so act quickly to ensure your spot on this incredible journey. The path to your Russian adventure awaits.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 (Feb 10)

St. Petersburg

Exploring the Nevsky Prospekt
Option to visit the Hermitage Museum

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DAY 2 (Feb 11)

St. Petersburg to Sortavala – 300 kms

Drive across Ladoga Lak
Explore Karelian forests and Ruskeala Nature Reserve
Discover the Ruskeala quarry and Ruskeala Mountain Park

DAY 3 (Feb 12)

Sortavala to Petrozavodsk – 160 kms

Visit to Siberian Husky farm, playing and sledding with the huskie
Fireplace lunch in traditional Northern chum (tent) with a local band playing ethnic instruments
Strolling across the waterfront promenade on the Onega Lake

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DAY 4 (Feb 13)

Visit to Kizhi Island

Ride a khivus (hovercraft) along the smooth ice surface of Lake Onega to Kizhi Island
Exploring the architecture of Kizhi Island
Touring the museum grounds

DAY 5 (Feb 14)

Petrozavodsk to Medvezhyegorsk – 190 kms

Exploring the Kivach Falls located on Suna River
Discovering Girvas, a 3 billion year old volcano crater
Overnight stay at tourist lodge

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DAY 6 (Feb 15)

Medvezhyegorsk to Kalevala – 479 kms

Discover village of Povenets, the starting point of White Sea Baltic Canal
Drive across the breathtaking scenery, backwaters and villages
Exploring the runes of the Museum of the Rune Singers Museum

DAY 7 (Feb 16)

Kalevala to Kirovsk – 420 kms

Entry to Kola Peninsula in the Arctic
Exploring Apatity city
Probability to view the Northen Lights at night

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DAY 8 (Feb 17)


Visit to Snow Village
Enjoy snowmobile rides
Option to pick snowmobiling, alpine skiing or snowboarding

DAY 9 (Feb 18)

Kirovsk – Sami Village – Aurora Village – 280 kms

Visit to settlement of the local indigenous Sami people and explore their lifestyle
Reinder sledding
Witnessing the birth and dancing of the Northern Lights in bed / deck

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DAY 10 (Feb 19)

Aurora Village – Teriberka – Murmansk – 206 kms

Exploring Teriberka village, located on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, weather permitting
Visit to Dinosaur Eggs beach
Discovering the cemetery of abandoned ships

DAY 11 (Feb 20)

Murmansk to Moscow

Explore Murmansk, if conditions permit
Visit to Lenin, the first nuclear powered icebreaker in the world, if conditions permit
Flight to Moscow

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DAY 12 (Feb 21)

Fly back from Moscow

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