We invite you to go on a bicycle journey through polar forests and beautiful hills to get acquainted with the interesting sight of the Kola Peninsula. Having visited small villages you will admire a picturesque nature of the Kola Peninsula.
The cycling days you have to go in the pedals for climbing small hills, but
you can also enjoy the downhill parts. Sometimes you have to cross shallow waters and stony parts.
You can bring your own bicycle or you can rent mountain bikes from us. The bicycle has to be an all-terrain or
hydride type with at least 21 gears. During the tour your luggage will be transported by 4x4 vehicle.
The overnights will be in our wooden house (lumberjack guesthouse) and our traditional Lappish Sot house (Vezha). With groups a guide is cycling with the group. Individuals bike alone and your guide (who serve the luggage transport) will wait on several points during the route and supply you with drinks, food and all necessary things.
We can meet you at any airport or railway station in Russia as well as in Finland or Norway. By your request we help you to choose the best and suitable way to come to us.
Day 1: Arrival in lumberjack guesthouse "Yolki-Palki" located in a small village close to Kirovsk city. Dinner, sauna. Overnight in two person rooms.
Day 2: After breakfast we start our cycling route going via a gravel road. We cycle through dense forests, cross very small left villages and pass many lakes and rivers with beautiful views. The lunch is on the route. After 48 km we reach an old small village where our traditional Lappish Sot house (Vezha) is located. We enjoy the banya (Russian sauna) and taste the freshest fish and reindeer"s or elk"s meat fried on charcoals in Vehza. Overnight in Vezha on reindeer fur. Cycling distance: 48 km unpaved road.
Day 3: After breakfast we start our cycling route to a forest lake through the picturesque forest landscape. Lunch on the lake shore. Everybody can try luck in fishing. In the evening we come back. Dinner, sauna. Overnight in Vezha. Cycling distance: 30 km unpaved road.
Day 4: After breakfast we cycle back to base "Yolki-Palki". Lunch on the way. Dinner and sauna upon arrival. Overnight in the base. Cycling distance: 48 km unpaved road.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today our way is to a left area where the rest of a Stalinist camp is located. The old forest road is going trough picturesque landscape, through flower glades on places of ex-villages. We will see ruins of old railway built by camp prisoners, rest of houses and fences of barbed wire. Lunch on a way. Coming back in evening. Dinner, overnight. Cycling distance: 40 km unpaved road.
Day 6: Breakfast. We are waited by the highest mountains of Kola. These are Khibiny Mountains. After 35 km of asphalt we take a 25 km mountain road. We will see impressionable rocks, crystal waterfall and mystic mountain lake; we even can partly drive through its water! Lunch on the lake shore. Coming back by our Army bus. Dinner, sauna, overnight.
Cycling distance: 60 km (asphalt: 35 km and unpaved road: 25 km)
Possibility for go-setters to cycle back! (Cycling distance: asphalt: 70 km and unpaved road: 50 km).
Day 7: Breakfast. Departure.
|Level:||The participant must have experience in long distances biking in hilly and stony areas and must have a good condition. Knowledge about repairing bicycle on the route is preferable.|
|Group size:||2-11 persons (international participation possible)|
|Dates:||On request from 15th of June to 15th of September.|
|Price:||Prices on request.|
|Price includes:||Accommodation, mentioned meals, transfer by off-road vehicle from/to Kandalaksha city, luggage transport, experienced local guide and English interpreter, visa invitation, medical rescue insurance including helicopter evacuation in emergency case.|
|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.|
|Total length:||230 km||Largest daily cycling distance:||45 km|
|Asphalt roads:||35 km||Average daily cycling distance:||230 km|
|Unpaved roads:||195 km||Lowest point of the route:||170 meter|
|Smallest daily cycling distance:||30 km||Highest point of the route:||500 meter|
|Amount of active cycling days:||5 days|
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