Your guide will drive a 4x4 Russian Army truck (for big groups) or a Landrover Discovery I for smaller groups. The truck is well equipped and with comfortable seats for 7 passengers. So if you don’t have an own car and want to participate the tour you can be a passenger of the truck (or rent a 4x4 car). The truck is used as a service vehicle for the 4x4 car participants and helps in difficult situations. The overnights will be in wild nature, roof tents and tents. On some places possibilities to stay in hotels or lodges. The tour ends in the centre of Murmansk. We organize this unique Arctic Off-road tour from late spring, the whole summer up to late autumn.
Discover Kola Peninsula with a 13 days Arctic Off-road Adventure!
Day 1: Salla - Kandalaksha (200 km - 3h)
Entering Russia via the Border Crossing point Salla. Drive to Kandalaksha town on the shore of the White Sea.
Arrival in Kandalaksha in the afternoon. Possibility to go for shopping for the next days.
Overnight in a hotel just outside Kandalaksha.
This day is without guiding.
Asphalt: 200 km, Gravel: 0 km, Off-road: 0 km.
Day 2: Kandalaksha - Black River (140 km - 8h)
An English speaking guide with Russian army truck or Landrover Discovery picks you up at 9:00 AM and drive eastwards;
Your 4x4 Arctic Off-road Adventure Off-road Adventure starts
with a 5 km with a breath taking downhill drive to the White Sea shore. Drive along the White Sea coast. Lunch in forest.
Short visit of Umba village and the mighty Umba river.
Drive to Black River for staying the night on the White Sea shore (no facilities). In the evening possibility for making campfire.
Asphalt: 110 km, Gravel: 0 km, Off-road: 30 km (a mix of sandy-, forest- and muddy roads with water pools).
Day 3: Black River - Lodochny Ruchey (100 km - 8h)
After breakfast continuing driving eastwards along the coast. We have to cross a river. Lunch on the way in wilderness.
On the way passing by traditional Pomor villages. Possibility for sight-seeing.
Continue to drive a picturesque coastal track to Lodochny Bay. Visit the Chapel of the Unknown Monk and an old Amethyst mine.
Sauna, dinner and overnight on the camp site of Lodochny Ruchey.
In the evening you can try your luck in finding your own lucky Amethyst stone or go for a swim in the White Sea.
Asphalt: 40 km, Gravel: 30 km, Off-road: 30 km (river crossing, stony-, forest- and muddy road with water pools).
Day 4: Round tour
Today we make a round tour to the mouth of the Varzuga River – the easternmost point on the Kola Peninsula accessible by all terrain vehicles.
It contains 15 km beach drving, 20 km sand roads through a sand plateau and dunes area. We visit the 17th century village of Kuzomen and
Varzuga, the earliest settlement on the Tersky Coast with the wooden Uspenskaya Orthodox Church, constructed in 1674.
Lunch in a dune area. Drive back to our cosy campsite Lodochny Ruchey for sauna, dinner and overnight.
Possibility to drive more along the shore or forest tracks or to find Amethyst stones.
Asphalt: 0 km, Gravel: 25 km, Off-road: 50 km (mostly sandy roads).
Day 5: Lodochny – Muna (170 km - 8h). Drive back to Umba via gravel and asphalted roads. 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 (no facilities). Gravel and asphalt: 130 km, off-road: 50 km.
Day 6: Muna – Inga (50 km – 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”. Possibility to sleep like the Saami; around the campfire.
Day 7: 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".
Day 8: 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). Stay the night in or close to the guesthouse.
Day 9: Oktyabrsky – Khibiny Tundra (75 km – 8h). 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. Drive to a beautiful lake area. Stay the night in on the shore of the lake. Muddy forest roads and "lake-crossings".
Day 10: Khibiny lake area – Oktyabrsky (75 km – 8h). We drive off-road back to Kirovsk and onwards to Oktyabrsky. We can have sauna and overnight in or beside our lumberjack guesthouse "Yolki Palki".
Day 11: Oktyabrsky - Revda (100 km - 8h). We have two options depending on the water levels of lakes and rivers.
When the water levels are low we will drive off-road along the foot of the Lovozero Tundra and have to cross many rivers;
bridges are broken or not trustful. We come up close to the mining village Revda.
Asphalt: 0 km, Gravel: 0 km, Off-road: 100 km. OR Remark: When the levels are high than the risk is too high for our vehicles by water and we will drive on asphalt via Monchegorsk to Revda. Lunch in Monchegorsk.
Asphalt: 230 km, Gravel: 5 km. In both situations we stay the night on the shore of the big Umbozero lake.
Day 12: To the summit of Kola Peninsula (1106 m) - Murmansk (180 km - 3h) 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, and drive to Worlds biggest city above the Arctic Circle Murmansk.
Check-in at the hotel in the centre. Dinner on your own.
Asphalt: 160 km, Gravel: 0 km, Off-road: 20 km.
Day 13: Breakfast in hotel. Spend some time in the centre of Murmansk and/or departure Murmansk to continue your own route to Ivalo in Finland (asphalt: 200 km, Gravel: 100 km) or to Kirkenes in Norway (asphalt: 300 km). When you have more time visit some interesting museums like the Historical Museum and the Northern Fleet Museum or have an excursion tour (optional).
|Level:||Experiences in 4x4-car driving is a pre.|
|Group size:||From 6 persons|
|Duration:||13 days (12 nights)|
From beginning of June until end of September.|
What about 4x4 in winter? See link 4x4 Polar Winter.