Tundra wilderness tour (July 2018)
Our Tundra wilderness tour will take a place at the Rybachy Peninsula during the summer of 2018. Only several years ago this place became popular among Russian; however, rare foreigners have been there.
The Rybachy Peninsula is the northernmost part of continental European Russia and tourists describe it as the edge of the world. Its name is translated as "Fisher Peninsula", fishing was always of major importance here. The peninsula is in fact nearly completely surrounded by Arctic ocean. The Rybachy Peninsula is located within several hours of ride from Murmansk.
Many centuries ago Pomor fishermen had already lived there. First mention of peninsula in the Russiam chronicles was made in 16th century. At that times, the peninsula was of great importance for fishing and trading between Russia and Europe. Norwegians and Finns lived there during 19-20 centuries. During the World War II for three years it was an arena of a positional war between Germans and Soviets. The peninsula covered the access to Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, which were the main gates for the Lend-Lease. The front split the peninsula in two parts, both sides having heavily fortified positions. There are a lot of memorials on the peninsula as well as untouched WWII artefacts which can be easily found among countless hills. Now, most of military bases are non-operational, but the territory is still closed to foreigners. The border zone is the reason why foreigners need to get permission which takes about two months.
Great photos you can find here.
Photos below are from our Summer-2017 Expedition!
What about our plans?
1 day: Moscow. "CrazyBu" van with all luggage starts its trip to arctic which will take two days. Participants have two options: i) spend first two days in Moscow, then have a flight to Murmansk; ii) 2-days road tripping through central Russia to Murmansk
2 day: i) Moscow; ii) road tripping
3 day: 100-km road from Murmansk to Rybachy. On our way we will visit WWII memorials and several waterfalls on the river Titovka
4-10 days: Rybachy peninsula, a lot of offroading, camping, fishing and hikking. We will see numerous waterfall, cross a lot of rivers, enjoy open spaces of arctic tundra, observe ancient post-glacier cliffs and look out for whales in the Arctic ocean! We will also visit the northernmost cape of European Russia and wandering around abandonded military bases and settlements.
11 day: We will drive "the old German road" buit at WWII times and admire at the unspoiled nature of the passage between the peninsula and the mainland.
12 day: We will visit The Kola Superdeep Borehole, the deepest artificial point on Earth, which was closed down in 2006 because of a lack of funding and now abandoned.
13 day: The road to Murmansk, relaxing and bathing in hotel.
14-15 days: The road to Moscow by car or by plane (see day 1)
What is the price?
Only 1200 USD / pax for two weeks with food, "CrazyBu" van, camping equipment, two guides.
Not included: visa, tickets to Moscow, tickets to Murmansk (if you choose a flight), meals in cafe.
Contact us to get there next summer! You need at least 60 days to get permission.
If you are ready to spend more days in Russia, there is a special location for all history and medieval architecture fans! Or just nature lovers. The place is Solovetsky Islands or Solovki, an archipelago located in the Onega Bay of the White Sea. The Solovki is one of the major tourist magnets within the Russian North! The place is so popular among Russian that it's a challenge to find a hotel in the summer. However, there are no crowds of tourists probably because of a lack of accomodation...
The nature of islands is very beautiful. They have granite shores and hilly relief. Most of islands are covered with forests. There are also numerous lakes joined by monks so as to form a network of canals. Wonderful place to enjoy the unspoiled nature!
Solovetsky monastery has a great history behind. It was one of the largest Christian citadels in northern Russia. The monastery has experienced several major changes and military sieges. Its most important structures date from the 16th century. In 20th century it became a Soviet prison and labor camp serving as a prototype for the future camps of the Gulag system... At present, the Solovetsky Islands are kmainly nown as a historical and architectural museum and a natural reserve of the Soviet Union. In 90-s, they were included in the World Heritage List "as an outstanding example of a monastic settlement in the inhospitable environment of northern Europe which admirably illustrates the faith, tenacity, and enterprise of later medieval religious communities". So the place is really worth visiting...
All photos below were made during 2017 summer expedition to Rybachy peninsula.