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A Tour to the Northern Lights in Russia, Murmansk

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Nick Nedelchuk

Founder of Localie, ex PM at IKEA Global HQ

Start from

Moscow & St.Petersburg

Duration

3 days

Start date

31 January 2021

Start from

Moscow & St.Petersburg

Duration

3 days

Start date

31 January 2021

During this winter, we are heading to the very north of Russia, up above the Arctic Circle to spot the magnificent Aurora Borealis — the Northern Lights. But also to experience how is that: ➡️ living in a dark without sun arising during a 'polar night' ➡️ touching the Arctic Ocean and standing on the 'end of the earth' ➡️ being a Russian nordic nation called 'pomóry' (помóры) We will take a flight from Moscow to Murmansk — the largest city in the world north of the Arctic Circle, with a population of 300,000 people. By the way, the most northern McDonald's is located exactly in Murmansk 😉 The other phenomenon that we about to explore is the 'polar night'. Here, in winter, the sun doesn't come up out of the horizon for 40 days in a row. We will get there right at the end of it to see how is that — living constantly in a dark. The trip will take 3 days. On day 1 we will arrive in Murmansk and get introduced to the local delicious seafood — freshly harvested out of the Arctic Ocean. Day 2 will be a full-day road trip! After breakfast, we're leaving the hotel for an exciting journey to the very northern village called Teriberka, located on the Arctic Ocean bay. There we'll visit the northern deer and husky farm, drive the snowmobiles, spot remarkable nature, see the old ship graveyard, and finally enjoy the famous Northern Lights. We'll have a great lunch and dinner on the way to the most inspiring places, recommended by locals. On day 3 we explore Murmansk with a local! We'll see all the hidden gems, get acquainted with the local specifics, and learn how does it feel to spend your whole life above the Arctic Circle. In the evening we're flying back to Moscow. The tour is held in English. The group will be 50-50 filled by English-speaking expats living in Moscow and Russians — fluent English-speakers — to stimulate a better cultural exchange. I will carefully guide you through all the steps of the journey to obtain the best possible experience ❤️

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What's included?

01.

S7 Airlines flight tickets — Economy class, luggage is included.

02.

Accommodation — a standard room in a 4* hotel (Park Inn or Azimut).

03.

Buffet breakfasts during the journey, at your hotel.

04.

Driving snowmobiles, entrance to the north safari farm.

05.

2 days with a local host — a localie.

06.

All transfers in Murmansk, including a trip to Teriberka.

What's excluded?

01.

Lunches and Dinners are the only excluded.

Additional information

01.

Although we're traveling beyond the Arctic Circle, the climate in Murmansk is quite soft and warm due to the Gulfstream. Usually, it is snowy during the winter with an average temperature of -5 to -10 Celcius.

02.

We're travelling as a small group of friends, 8 guests max. We take care of the diversity and the cultural exchange — therefore we're trying to combine expats/foreign travellers with fluent English-speaking Russians in one group, 50-50.

Price

Direct flight, luggage is included

RUB 9,590

2 nights at 4* hotel, breakfast is included

RUB 9,390

On-site program (Aurora, Teriberka, Murmansk)

RUB 9,990

Airport transfers & 1 day road trip to Teriberka

RUB 7,990

Professional photography to keep the best memories

RUB 1,790

TOTAL:

RUB 38,750

The price is per person. It includes almost everything: the program, transfers, flights and accommodation (4* hotel). The price above is considering your stay in a double room with another person. If you want to stay at single room alone, I will kindly ask you to pay extra 6000 RUB for 2-night stay.

This tour is hosted by

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Nick Nedelchuk

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Founder of Localie, ex PM at IKEA Global HQ

Welcome here! I’m truly a world citizen and it’s hard to explain my origin. Being born in Ukraine, raised there, I moved to Russia when I was 13. Here my home was in 3 different towns: Vladimir where I studied at school and later at the university, St.Petersburg where I started my career, and finally Moscow where I continued my corporate path in the country offices of Ford and later IKEA. In 2017, I moved to The Netherlands being promoted to headquarters of my employer. After 2.5 years in that w...

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