St. Petersburg and the Polar Circle 9 days in the winter
During this tour, you will discover St. Petersburg, the city of Russian tsars. A city full of canals, palatial architecture and the worldwide famous museum residences of emperors in baroque style.
Then you will get to travel to the Russian North by night train where you will see Murmansk, the capital of the Arctic Circle. Here you will experience its environment and see a Lappish village ‘Teriberka’, the village in the corner of the world, not to mention the Northern lights.
The Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo tour
Catherine’s Palace, built by the architect Rastrelli, is another wonderful example of flamboyant Baroque style. The palace is famous for its ballroom and Amber Room that was stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War. After visiting the palace, you’ll have an opportunity to stroll along Catherine's Park where small pavilions are located along the lake.
Arrival in Murmansk. Transfer to the hotel “Azimut”(4 stars) or similar.
Guided city tour which includes visiting:
- Five Corners Square
- The monument to The Defenders of the Soviet Arctic during World War II (known as "Alyosha»), the memorial dedicated to the soldiers and sailors who perished in peacetime.
- Visiting the nuclear icebreaker "Lenin", the first nuclear icebreaker in the world.
Visiting the ‘Sámi Seit’ museum dedicated to the Sámi (also called Saam) people, inhabiting the Kola Peninsula and lost somewhere in tundra amidst the fur forests.
- You will see the traditional reindeer skin tents, called Chums, as well as the alley of Sámi people idols, where you will have a chance to make a wish.
- Visiting a farm to admire such farmed animals as reindeer, huskies, Arctic foxes and rabbits.
- Take a snowmobile tour, play traditional Sámi games, take photos in Sámi folk costumes.
- Tasting Sámi salmon soup, called Lima, bread baked in the village of Lovozero and drinking Pakula, which is a lichen tea.
Return to Murmansk.
- Accompanied by a local guide you will be given a chance to admire the Northern lights, which is really an incredible and unique experience worth undergoing at least once in your life.
Attention! Depending on weather conditions, the pursuit of the polar lights may be postponed or cancelled.
The whole day is devoted to visiting the abandoned village of Teriberka, located on the Barents shore, 150 km to the North of Murmansk. The village became famous owing to Andrey Zvyagintsev's film ‘Leviathan’.
- You will be attracted by the fascinating landscapes, Arctic tundra, and the shore with huge boulders known as ‘dragon eggs’.
- After walking 3 km along the shore, you will see a frozen waterfall.
- You will visit the so called ancient ship cemetery and see numerous old ship wrecks and then go to ‘Old Teriberka’, the village inhabited by the pomors (a small-numbered folk living there all through the ages) and known for its haunted houses.
- Picnic with tea and sandwiches (on the spot) Return to Murmansk.
Attention: Listed below prices are not valid during the Christmas holidays, from the 25th of December until the 8th of January. The price is upon the request.
Price per person from:
The price includes:
- Visa Invitation to Russia and transfers to all tour destinations.
- All excursions and trips planned by the program
- Ticket from Saint-Petersburg to Murmansk
- 4 nights living with locals, 3* hotel or in an apartment in the center of the city
- 3 nights in 4* Azimut hotel (or similar)
- Breakfasts (except the apartment type of accommodation)
- A picnic, tea and a sandwich (on a place)
- All excursions including in the tour
- Guide services
- Entertaining programme in the village of Sámi (soup tasting, snowmobile ride, reindeer sleigh, etc.)
- Assistance and advice provided by our staff throughout the tour.
The price does not include:
- International flights
- Visa fee
- Personal expenses
- At an extra cost, accommodation in a separate room
- Transfers, meals and excursions not included in the tour program
- Ticket from Murmansk to Saint-Petersburg
- Personal expenses
- You have 3 options of living in St. Petersburg: in an apartment, in a 3* hotel or with locals. The last option is only available for 4 people. You will stay in the 4*Azimut hotel (or similar) in Murmansk. Living in a guesthouse in Murmansk is also possible upon the request.
- To feel comfortable beyond the Arctic Circle, you should have your thermal underwear, winter jacket, hat, scarf and gloves during the trip.
- Remember to take your camera, tripod and spare batteries to make photos of the polar lights.
- The excursion around the nuclear icebreaker "Lenin" in Murmansk is conducted in Russian, your guide will provide interpreting.
- For visiting the villages of Sámi and Teriberka take your waterproof winter boots.
- Tasting Lima soup does not make a filling meal. You can bring your own food to have a snack on the spot or reserve lunch in the Sámi village in advance (for an additional fee)
- The distance between Murmansk and Teriberka village is about 150 km. 100 km are on a highway and about 50 km are on an unpaved road.