4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road northwest russia kola peninsula murmansk region russian lapland
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4x4 Arctic Off-road Expedition "Ends of the Kola"

We challenge all 4x4 off-road lovers to come to the Kola Peninsula for driving the Arctic Off-road tour; a trip from the White Sea to the Barents Sea. You will discover almost the whole Kola Peninsula, the magnificent northern nature with beautiful views over mountain areas, the many blue lakes, the diversity of forests, the Russian Lapland and Tersky Coast cultures and the hospitality of the local people.
The biggest part of Kola Peninsula lies above the Arctic circle! That means 24 hours sunshine during the day due to the midnight sun during our summer. From late August the Midnight Sun makes place for a flaming golden autumn which incredible colours. Then it is almost certain that we can see the northern lights dancing in the sky.
We organize this unique Arctic Off-road tour from late spring, the whole summer up to late autumn.
 

Specifications and requirements summary

Kind of vehicles:standard or prepared 4x4 cars or light (camper) trucks
Level:MODERATE off-road
Snorkel:not required
Tyres:AT/MT minimum tyre size 29 inch or similar size
Winch:not required
Duration:10 days
Length:900 km
Dates: From beginning of June until end of September.
  • All types of imaginable off-road terrain
  • An ancient stone labyrinth dated 2000 years B.C
  • Sandy dunes driving
  • Arctic dessert driving
  • Beach driving along the White Sea
  • The easternmost point on the Kola Peninsula accessible by terrain vehicles
  • Ancient villages
  • Stave church of Varzuga of 1674 year
  • Muddy forest roads
  • (broken) log bridges
  • Remote villages
  • Rest of GULAGS
  • Soviet towns
  • Stalinist roads
  • Rock-crawling
  • The Summits of the Tundra's
  • River and lake crossings
  • Totally self-sufficient camping out in the wilderness
  • Visit World's biggest city above the Arctic Circle; Murmansk
  • Visit World's first Nuclear Icebreaker "MS Lenin"
  • Midnight sun until beginning of August
  • Golden Autumn from third week of August and later
  • Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) from third week of August and later

The meeting point is Kandalaksha. From there we start on muddy forest tracks where broken bridges mean that we have to make a detour into the sea, an hour long beach drive, through sand dunes to half deserted villages. On the way we visit an ancient stone labyrinth dated 2000 years B.C. Then it’s a 100km drive north into the endless forest, through mud, rivers, overflowing bogs and not a sign of civilisation in all that way. We’ll stay in a remote village of a dozen wooden houses before another 80km the next day, with a huge river crossing at the end of it. Then we head into the ancient, brooding Khibiny Mountains, rock-crawling to the top over a lunar landscape to park at the edge of a sheer 200m cliff. If the road up the pass is blocked by snow drifts we’ll make a detour up the river before tackling a route known locally as the Thousand River Road which is exactly as its name suggests, 50km of bonnet high wading! All Off-road Expeditions end in Worlds biggest city above the Arctic Circle: Murmansk. From there you can continue in all directions, to Finland, Norway or Saint Petersburg. For more details, please contact us.

  • Transmission: For each 4x4 vehicle a transfer case, low gears and central differential lock is required.
  • Spare tyres: You should also consider what spares you’d be happy carrying as parts are certainly not readily available in this part of the world.
  • Kind of tyres: Road tyres WILL NOT be sufficient for the conditions. You need A/T’s as a minimum.
  • Underneath protection: There are lots of rocks and logs lurking in the mud, so consider some sort of steering / diff protection.
  • Recovery points: You WILL need recovery points in front and rear.
  • Snorkel: For moderate off-road tours a snorkel is not necessary, but preferable. For hard and extreme rated off-road tours a snorkel is required.
  • Winch: For moderate off-road tours a winch is not necessary, but preferable. Your guide has a winch. For hard and extreme rated off-road tours a well working winch is required.
  • Jacks: For moderate off-road tours a hi-lift jack is not necessary, but preferable. Your guide has a hi-lift jack. For hard and extreme rated off-road tours a hi-lift jack is required.
  • Sand plates: This you need only in rare cases. If you have place in your car why not to take them.
  • Extra Fuel: If your vehicle has a small tank or is thirsty then you’ll need a couple of jerry-cans. For every off-road tour you a minimum range of 600km in low gears and in 4×4 mode.
  • Mechanical assistance: Small mechanical failures we try to solve on the way. The guide has the most common tools on board of the service car and is a good “bush-mechanic” as well, but the carriage of special tool and specific spare parts is the responsibility of each participant. In the event of a large mechanical failure we will do our best to get you to a garage or, in worse case, can tow you to the border. This is not exactly an official service, but it goes without saying that of course we’ll try and help as much as possible, however we can.
  • Insurances: A third-party liability car insurance (property damage only) for driving on Russian territory is obligatory. If your insurance company doesn’t cover the Russian Federation (check your green-card) then we can provide you one for additional costs. A repatriation insurance is of course obligatory to participate on our off-road tours.
  • Other: For driving through Europe and Russia you will need a first aid kit, a warning triangle, and a small fire extinguisher.
Total length:900 km
Off-road:600km
Lowest point:Sea-level (0 meter)
Highest point:1100 meter
Accommodation:9 nights in (own) tents in wilderness
Optional
accommodations
during tour:
Level:MODERATE, experience in 4x4-car driving is a pre.
Group size:From 1 person
Duration:10 days full off-road
Dates: From beginning of June until end of September.
The following dates are already planned:
  • "Ends of the Kola": From 20.06 until 30.06.2019.
  • "Ends of the Kola": From 02.07 until 11.07.2019.
  • "Ends of the Kola": From 19.07 until 29.07.2019.
  • "Edges of Kola": From 07.08 until 18.08.2019 (reversed).
  • "Kola Unlimited": From 16.08 until 25.08.2019.
  • "Ends or Edges of the Kola" or "Kola Unlimited": From 29.08 until 17.09.2019. There still places free in the most colourful time of the year in the "Indian Summer"!
  • "Edges of Kola": From 19.09 until 01.10.2019.
Legend:
Green= suggested dates, but may be changed by you.
Orange= guaranteed departure dates (still places free).
Red= this our is fully booked.
Price: Price on request.
Price includes:
  • Support by service 4x4 truck / car
  • Guide and interpreting services
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.
4x4 Arctic Off-road Adventure can be extended with the following optionals:
  • Kandalaksha:
    • Boat excursion to "Babylon Labyrinth", a stone structure of archaeological interest
    • Traditional shashlyk meal
  • Lodochny Ruche on the White Sea shore:
    • Camping places.
    • Two 4-persons cottage
    • One 6-persons cottage
    • See link above for more info
  • Varzuga village:
    • Hospitality in guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight.
    • Sauna for groups in guesthouse.
    • To visit the wooden Uspenkaya Church dated from 1674.
    • A hike to the Holy springs in the forest behind Varzuga village (4 km). A local guide to show way to the Springs.
    • Possibility to go salmon fishing in Varzuga river on your own. A ferryman can bring you to a good fishing spot.
    • Fishing license “Catch – Release”.
    • Rental fishing equipment.
    • Possibility to go professional salmon fishing at sport fishing camp: Sobachy Porog. A full day fishing with guide service incl. lunch and dinner.
  • Murmansk:
    • Guided excursions in Murmansk.
    • Tickets for museums and museum excursions cost between RUB 25,-- and RUB 400,-- per person.
    • Entrance ticket to Atomic Icebreaker to join an excursion in Russian language: RUR 150 pp. Individual excursion to Atomic Icebreaker with a lecture in English language can be arranged.
    • Trip to Saami settlement.
    • Trip to the Barents sea shore.
    • Trip to Husky Farm.
    • Trip to Lovozero village; Capital of the Saami.
  • Third-party liability car insurance (property damage only) for driving on Russian territory.
  • Tourist invitation for visa request: EUR 25,-- per person.

Four levels of off-road expeditions

 Light off-roadfor motorcycles, SUV, 4x4 cars or 4x4 (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is prefered.
 Moderate off-roadfor standard or prepared 4x4 cars / (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is prefered.
 Hard off-roadfor prepared 4x4 cars or light 4x4 (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is required.
 Extreme off-roadonly for prepared 4x4 cars or light 4x4 (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is required.

4x4 Arctic Off-road Expeditions overview