4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
4wd 4x4 off-road holiday adventure jeep expedition journey tour trip voyage raid overland northwest russia kola peninsula russian lapland
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4x4 Arctic Off-road Expedition "Edges of Kola"

The start of this off-road expedition is similar to the "Ends of the Kola" expedition. After exploring the White Sea coast and crossing the dense forests to the center of the Kola Peninsula we end up in a valley of Khibiny Tundra. Here many participants of other expeditions wonder what is on the other side of the mountains. With this expedition we are going over the edge of Kola Peninsula. There is a unique nature paradise where hardly anyone can come. This is not for everyone, because you and your car have to be ready for this. Perseverance and a well-prepared car are needed to reach the end point.

During the expedition you can not escape the facts of the Stalin era. We come across the remains of prison camps (GULAG), roads and railways to which people had to work until death. The guide will take you to incredibly beautiful landscapes, to mysterious places like a Mesolithic stone labyrinth and to "Kuiva the Giant"; a gigantic figure impressed on a rock and considered sacred by the Saami, to the macabre cities of the industrial era of the Soviet Union to do some shopping on the go, to the remains of the Cold War and much more. In short, get ready to participate in this expedition.

For a succesful expedition we advise not to plan earlier than the middle of July, due to water levels in rivers and lakes. From late August a flaming golden autumn starts which incredible colours, like the painting "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue" from Barnett Newman. Also it is mostly certain to see the northern lights dancing in the sky.

We organize this unique Arctic Off-road tour from middle of July until end of September.
 

Expedition specifications and requirements summary

Kind of vehicles: prepared 4x4 cars or light (camper) trucks
Level: HARD Off-road
Snorkel: required
Tyres: AT/MT minimum tyre size 31 inch or similar size
Winch: preferred
Duration: 13 days
Length: 1200 km
Dates:  From middle of July until end of September.

Our offer

Price

Starting from:

377 pp

Depending on groupsize

Group size

Up to 7 cars!

1-14 persons

More cars/persons on request.

Duration

13 days of

FULL OFF-ROADING

All expeditions are based on tenting in Wilderness and self catering with possibility to stay in guesthouses or hotels from time to time!

  • All types of imaginable off-road terrain
  • Beach driving along the White Sea and many lakes
  • The easternmost point on the Kola Peninsula accessible by terrain vehicles
  • The great stave church of Varzuga of 1674 year
  • A mesolithic stone labyrinth dating from 2000 BC
  • Sandy dunes driving
  • Europe's northernmost desert; Arctic desert
  • Fantastic rich nature of the Murmansk region
  • Great opportunity to see big game (bears, moose, wolverines, reindeer, grouse, eagles, etc. not to mention the smaller species...)
  • Huge dense forests
  • Crystal clear lakes and rivers
  • (broken) log bridges
  • Ancient, remote and deserted villages
  • Remains of penal camps from the Stalin era (gulags)
  • Macabre Soviet towns from the industrial era of the Soviet Union
  • "Kuiva the Giant", a gigantic natural rock carving of a dancing shaman and considered sacred by the Saami
  • Stalinist (forest) roads
  • The remains of the Cold War era
  • Rock-crawling to the Summits of the Tundra's
  • Exciting river and lake crossings
  • Totally self-sufficient camping out in the wilderness
  • Cosy evenings around a campfire
  • Visit World's biggest city above the Arctic Circle; Murmansk
  • Visit World's first Nuclear Icebreaker "MS Lenin"
  • Experience midnight sun from late May to early 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 exploring the White Sea Coast. On muddy forest tracks where broken bridges mean that we have to make a detour into the sea, long beach driving, 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. Through a valley of Khibiny Tundra we crawl up to the top of a pass and we have to pass "the Rock" that tries to push you into a deep abyss full of water. Only 4x4 cars and light 4x4 trucks can pass this rock. Once over the edge the landscape changes into a unique nature paradise with breathtaking panorama's over the endless Tundra's, crystal clear lakes with exotic beaches, where we spend the nights. Over swampy forest trails along rivers and lakes, wading through deep rivers and winching through the marshes we drive up to the summit of Lovozero Tundra (1200 meter). A lot of surprises are waiting for you. That's why it is classified as an expedition. The expedition ends up 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.

Both long-distance driving to Murmansk region and off-roading are considered hard driving conditions for your vehicle so we recommend that you give your vehicle a comprehensive service before you leave, as if it is not in tip top condition many days of off-roading is not going to make it any better.

We offer moderate, hard and extreme off-road expeditions. These are the minimum requirements:

  • 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. See Third-party liability car insurance for driving on Russian territory. 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.

A detailed checklist will be sent to you when you register.

Total length: 1200 km
Off-road: 900km
Lowest point: Sea-level (0 meter)
Highest point: 1200 meter
Accommodation: 12 nights in (own) tents in wilderness
Optional accommodations during tour: 
  • Motel in Kandalaksha
  • Simple wooden houses at Lodochny Ruchey
  • Saami sot house in Inga.
  • Guesthouse in Oktyabrsky.
  • Hotel in Kirovsk
  • Mountain hotel in Khibiny Tundra
  • Guesthouse on the foot of Lovozero Tundra.
  • Hotel in Murmansk
Level: HARD, experience in 4x4-car driving is required.
Group size: From 1 person
Duration: 13 days full off-road
Dates:  From middle of July until end of September.
The following off-road tours are planned:
  • From 09.06 until 18.06.2021: "Ends of Kola"
  • From 21.06 until 30.06.2021: "Ends of Kola"
  • From 03.07 until 12.07.2021: "Ends of Kola"
  • From 15.07 until 28.07.2021: "Ends of Kola" or "Edges of Kola"
  • From 31.07 until 13.08.2021: "Ends of the Earth" There are still places free!
  • From 02.08 until 13.08.2021: "Lost World" There are still places free!
  • From 17.08 until 29.08.2021: "Edges of Kola" Dutch group: There are still places free!
  • From 01.09 until 14.09.2021: "Lost World"
  • From 17.09 until 30.09.2021: "Ends of Kola" or "Edges of Kola" or "Lost World" or "Ends of the Earth" or "Kola Unlimited"
  • The first booking on the above mentioned dates sets the kind of tour!
  • The above mentioned dates are also valid for the 4x4 Camper/truck tour "Ends of Kola"
  • Any other dates for any tour (or Tailor-made tour) are on request.
Legend:
Green= suggested dates, but may be changed by you.
Orange= guaranteed departure dates (still places free).
Red= this 4x4 tour is fully booked.
Price:  From EUR 377 per person. Depending on groupsize. Prices on request.
Price includes: 
  • Support by service 4x4 truck / car
  • Guide and interpreting services
  • Registration fees
  • Permits for certain areas
Documents:  Passport must be valid at least 6 months after date of return. A Russian visa is required for tourists from most countries. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details. We handle the tourist invitation.
Insurance: 

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:
    • 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.
    • City excursions in Hero city Murmansk.
    • 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 for driving on Russian territory.
  • Single- or double-entry invitations for Russian visa request.

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Four levels of off-road expeditions

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

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