Welcome to Russian North to watch Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) - nature's own gigantic light show when solar winds, that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole, form arches, waves and curls of light moving across the sky with sudden rays of light shooting down from space.
After arrival in Murmansk you drive to Lovozero settlement – the capital of Russian Lapps, far from city lights. The way to this settlement is ideal for watching Northern Lights during approx. 3 hours because of location in the middle of the Northern Lights belt zone, long Polar Night and high probability of clear sky. In order to avoid interference of moon light you are advised to arrive on dates nearer to a new moon fase. In winter 2009/2010 they are: 16 Nov, 16 Dec, 15 Jan, 14 Feb and 15 Mar.
Watching Aurora Borealis may be supplemented with optional ice fishing and snowmobile driving. You also get acquainted with highlights of Murmansk - the world largest city above the Arctic Circle.
Tour duration: 3 days
Season: November – March
Recommended Group Size: 2-10 PAX
Mode of travel: car/minibus, reindeer and snowmobile sledges
Day 1. Evening arrival in Murmansk. Night ride (160 km) by car/minibus to Lovozero settlement - the capital of the Russian Lapps (Sami). Weather permitting possibility to watch Northern Lights en route. Accommodation in hotel Koavas or apartments.
Day 2. Excursions to the Museum of Local Lore and to the Center of Lappish Culture. Souvenirs. Ride (about 15 km) by snowmobile-towed sledges to a field stand of Sami reindeer herders. Acquaintance with traditional Lappish dwellings, national customs and games. Lunch. Reindeer sledding. Snowmobile riding. Return to Lovozero. Overnight in hotel/apartments. (BLD) In the evening – watching Northern Lights (if the sky is clear). (BLD)
Day 3. Transfer (30 km) to Revda town. Excursuion to the Mineralogical Museum. Ride (170 km) by car/minibus to Murmansk. Free time. Optional excursions. Transfer to airport. Evening departure from Murmansk. (B)
Legend: B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner
Moscow - Murmansk: SU621 dep. 20:50 SVO1 - arr. 23:10
Murmansk - Moscow: SU686 dep. 19:25 - arr. 21:50 SVO1
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