New Year and Christmas in Krasnoshchelye

Christmas and New Year celebration in the center of the Kola Peninsula in the village of Krasnoshchelye! This is a small village in the Murmansk region, which is unusual in that there is no land connection with other settlements. The main transport artery is the river. Perhaps that is why the pristine nature and original way of life of the Nenets villagers have been preserved here. By the way, a whole documentary film "Guardians of the Tundra" was even shot about this village! 

The length of the route from Lovozero village and back is 280 km.

Location

Olenegorsk, Murmansk
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 28 Dec, 2024 – 1 Jan, 2025
    • 2 – 6 Jan, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Guest House
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 8 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
Olenegorsk, Murmansk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Gastronomic interest
Let's try the dishes of national cuisine
Getting to know the deer
Let's take a picture and get to know interesting animals
Winter fishing
Let's go fishing in the vast expanses of the North

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Transfer. Transfer to Krasnoshchelye village

    Meeting guests at Murmansk airport (or Olenegorsk railway station) by car for an additional fee.

    Transfer to Lovozero village (district center), upon arrival in Lovozero village.

    Lunch at the cafe “At Mikhail's.”

    Equipment (soviki / national clothes that are worn over jackets, felt boots, fur coats / mittens).

    Briefing, departure to the route in a sleigh behind a snowmobile (behind one snowmobile there are two wooden sleighs with reindeer skins, each of them has 2 people + extra-large luggage).

    On the route (not far from Lovozera village) there will be an opportunity to ride a reindeer sled on frozen lakes, you can pet the deer, feed them with bread, take pictures. 

    A thermos with hot tea/coffee and sandwiches are provided.

    Upon arrival in Krasnoshchelye — accommodation in a guest house, dinner.

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  • Day 2 - Excursion around the village
  • Day 3 - Ice fishing
  • Day 4 - Meeting with a folklore group
  • Day 5 - Departure to the village of Lovozero
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Guest House
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour includes accommodation in a guest house.

The cost of the tour with dates 30.12.2023–03.01.2024 — 97 500 rub/person.

The cost of the tour with dates 04.01.2024–08.01.2024 — 91 000 rub/person.

Guest house "In the Far North" 4 nights

The guest house has 3 bedrooms and a living room with wood-burning stoves. 

One of the rooms has 2 wide beds and one 2-tier, heated washbasin. 

The other two rooms have two 2—tier beds and a washbasin. 

A rustic toilet on the street (there is a night room in the house), a sauna on the territory of the house.

The Izba-dining room (in retro style) is located 50 m from the guest house.

Tour conditions

Group
up to 8 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Olenegorsk, Murmansk

Included in price

  • transfers according to the program;
  • transfer from Olenegorsk railway station;
  • hotel accommodation;
  • meals according to the program.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Murmansk and back;
  • payment for transfer to/from Murmansk airport – 1,700 rubles/person.; 
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • visit to the Lovozera Museum of Local Lore.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • T-shirts, underwear, H.B. socks
  • Thermal underwear made of thin polartek 
  • Sweatpants made of thick polartek (fleece), a sweatshirt made of thick fleece, preferably with a "throat" or a sweatshirt or a thick sweater
  • Down sweater (thin single-layer down jacket) under a jumpsuit OR a normal down jacket on top of a jumpsuit in case of severe cold weather. You can use a ski jacket or a jumpsuit 
  • Sweatpants for staying in guest houses
  • Thick wool socks 2 pairs, one pair of thermal socks, also thick
  • Ski gloves + fleece gloves
  • A ski cap, if there is one, a balaclava, if not, we provide.
  • The scarf is warm, if there is a windproof mask on the face. The balaclavas provided by the organizers cover your face well from the cold, but we recommend that you have additional protection.
  • Downy climbing slippers (highly recommended, rubber slippers for the bath, a personal bath towel (almost everywhere in guest houses they provide, but it is advisable to have your own.
  • If you know that your lower back is stiffening, then take with you something warming like a scarf, shawl
  • Personal hygiene kit (brush, paste, etc.)
  • Cold face cream.
  • Personal first aid kit (if there is a need for special medicines)
  • Ski mask - worn on top of the helmet (the combination of helmet and ski mask is most optimal for long-distance snowmobile trips)
  • Sunglasses
  • A small (up to 30 liters) shoulder backpack helps to keep your back warm, in addition, you can put small items you need on the road in it
  • Some participants of our tours recommend taking their own small thermoses for tea, it happens that someone does not have enough to drink on the route
  • Chocolates, nuts, sweets are also often not superfluous


If you have poor eyesight. Glasses are not allowed on the route – they immediately sweat and freeze. Use contact lenses or special ski goggles with diopters. The organizers will not be able to provide you with such equipment. 

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Dates and Prices

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    28 Dec, 2024 – 1 Jan, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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    2 – 6 Jan, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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