➤Meet & Greet at Moscow airport
➤Transfer to your cosy hotel in the downtown
➤Evening free at leisure
➤Group tour: welcome dinner
➤The Moscow Kremlin (all the highlights including the Armory)
➤Moscow city tour: the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, GUM, the Bolshoi Theatre, KGB Headquarters & other attractions of the downtown
➤Guided tour to Novodevichy Convent
➤Sparrow Hills (Lenin Hills)
➤Take a ride by the famous Moscow metro
➤Come on a guided tour to the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, one of the two largest collections of Russian art. The other (we are not talking about sizes!) is the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
➤The Izmailovo Kremlin and the Tsar’s Palaces tour
➤The world-famous Seven Sisters - Stalin's skyscrapers
➤VDNKh exhibition centre and museum of Cosmonautics, where you can see the original stuff of Russian space exploration history. VDNKh, in turn, is a huge open-air space full of Soviet legacy and a perfect example of so-called Stalin's architecture. Today, it is a place not to be missed when you are in Moscow.
➤Transfer to the railway station, board high-speed bullet train for 4 hours journey to St.Petersburg
➤Meet and greet at St Petersburg railway station
➤Transfer to your hotel in downtown
➤The evening is free at leisure
➤Guided tour to the royal Peterhof Palace
➤The evening is free at leisure
Day 6, Discover St. Petersburg
➤The Winter Palac/Hermitage guided tour
➤The city’s iconic landmarks
➤St. Isaac's Cathedral
➤The Church of the Spilled Blood
➤The Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral
Arrival at Murmansk. Meet & greet at the airport, transfer to your hotel, luggage drop off and city tour. Murmansk is the largest city in the world north of the Arctic Circle. Founded in 1915 as a supply port in World War I, it was a base for the British, French, and American expeditionary forces against the Bolsheviks in 1918. We shall visit either the Naval Museum or the Historical Museum.
After lunch, visit the museum of ice-breaker “Lenin”, the first nuclear ice-breaker in the world! Murmansk played an important role as a Russian trade link with the Allies during the Second World War II. Various supplies were brought to the city with the help of the Arctic convoys. Murmansk was heavily damaged during the war. It was restored at the beginning of the 1950ies.
The evening is free at leisure as we prepare for the Northern Lights adventure. In good conditions, it might be possible to observe northern lights in Murmansk city itself!
Transfer to Lovozero village (270 km, 4-5 hours drive). Please note that fuel to the remoteness of the location, 4* accommodation is available for private tours only at Northern Pearl Lodge. For group tours, we offer 3* Ulinskaya Salma only as an accommodation. In both options, you will enjoy the premium location and cosy eco-friendly area in the wooden lodges.
Walking, mountaineering and water tours (seasonal) at the same time, as well as great fishing (ice fishing in winter). In this weather –dependent region your plans may always be changed due to sudden snow storm or rain, and here, at the border of forest and tundra, near lakes, rivers and beautiful forest trails where is always a place for an activity.
Lovozero is the top destination of Kola Peninsula for Aurora Borealis viewing, there are very high chances to observe it directly at the eco-lodges. However, we recommend to spend at least 3 nights here to maximize the chances of Aurora Borealis viewing, and due to the remoteness of the location.
NOTE: clear skies and solar activity are the critical conditions to watch Aurora Borealis, the best timing is from 8:00 pm till 2:00 am.
SEASONAL TOURS: guided tour to the settlement of reindeer breeders in winter, fishing and Saami people exploration in autumn. Winter tours: we shall visit the real, non-touristic camp of local nomads, whose life totally depends on deers. You will be able to witness how they survive and cope with the local climate. The tour provides amazing photo opportunities. It is possible to ride on deers and feed them. Autumn tours: amazing fishing opportunities and a visit to Saami people museum. Alternatively: guided nature walking trails and water sports (kayaks). Full day fun tour with activities in the middle of nowhere!
Return to the camp. Russian Banya experience in the evening (optional, not included) and Northern Lights watching.
This lake located in the massif of the Lovozersky tundra is famous as a mystical and mysterious place. It is considered a cradle of Giperborei, the ancient disappeared civilization inseparably linked with mythical stories and magic knowledge. Legends say that the ancient city of the Lappish shamans is now hidden from people’s eyes.
Remember, that Northern Lights do not actually have a "season". You can observe it from August till March in good night conditions. Autumn and early spring can be as good timing as the winter.
During the excursion on Seydozero, you will surely get acquainted with one of the main sights of this place — Kuyva, a bas-relief of natural origin about 70 meters high. On a legend of Sami, Kuyva is a giant who lived in ancient times in the Lovozersky tundra. The giant plundered and killed Sami and was punished by the Lappish pagan gods – "is burned by lightning which has struck from lake waters".
Picnic lunch. Return to the eco-lodge.
Day 12, Farewell
➤Arrival in Moscow
➤Meet and greet at the train station
➤Transfer to the hotel and check-in
➤Moscow Kremlin Tour, including the Armory and Red Square
➤Moscow metro tour
➤Novodevichy Convent tour
➤Overnight stay in Moscow
Return to Murmansk, drop off at the airport at the appropriate time for your departure flight. Here your Russian Aurora Borealis adventure ends!