A Nostalgic Journey from LENINGRAD to the SOVIET ARCTIC
LENINGRAD – OLONETS – Petrozavodsk – KEM – MURMANSK – Teriberka – Kirkenes
This tour is offered on a regular basis from May through September. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
DAY 1/2 - Leningrad
Our tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of St. Petersburg International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).
We’ll spend the following two days in St. Petersburg aka Leningrad (we prefer the latter), mostly focussing - you guessed it - on the rich Soviet-era heritage of the city.
Highlights of our stay in Leningrad will include:
Meals and overnights in Leningrad.
DAY 3 - Olonets
After breakfast we'll slowly head west, crossing the magical atmospheres of rural Karelia.
We'll travel through a fairy-tale landscape of deep forests, wooden villages and tiny pretty lakes before eventually reaching the blue waters of Lake Ladoga in Pitkyaranta.
We'll then drive along the wild shores of the lake crossing abandoned Soviet outposts and tiny fishing villages along the way, before eventually reaching Olonets, the "most Karelian" place in the whole republic.
In Olonets, the only place in the Republic where Karelians constitute a majority, we'll have the chance to meet these secretive and fascinating Finno-ugric people and learn more about their culture, traditions and troubled history.
Dinner and overnight in Olonets.
DAY 4 - Petrozavodsk
Early morning arrival in Petrozavodsk, the capital Karelia, an Finno-Ugric autonomous republic within the Russian Federation.
After having of this rather sleepy Soviet town, we'll embark on a boat ride to Kizhi, an island located near the geometrical centre of the mighty Lake Onega.
The island is famous across Russia and the former USSR mainly for two reasons:
We'll spend the morning touring the island and its architectonic and natural sights, while the bravest of us can try to plunge into the chilly waters of the Onega.
After lunch we'll head back to Petrozavodsk, where we'll pay a visit to the Karelian State Museum and then enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping and/or gastronomic discoveries.
Dinner and overnight in Petrozavodsk.
DAY 5 - Medvezhyegorsk
Dinner and overnight in Medvezhyegorsk.
DAY 6/7 - Kem
Dinners and overnights in Kem.
DAY 8 - Apatity
Dinner and overnight in Apatity.
DAY 9/10 - Murmansk
Dinners and overnights in Murmansk.
DAY 11 - Kola
Dinner and overnight in Murmansk.
DAY 12 - Zapolyarny
Dinner and overnight in Murmansk.
DAY 13 - Kirkenes
Dinner and overnight in Kirkenes.
DAY 14 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations
After enjoying a last Finnmark-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.
For those flying out: transfer to Kirkenes Regional Airport for your flight back home.
For those wishing to take the bus to reach further destinations: transfer to the local bus station.
End of the tour.
4 to 9 participants: 1580 € per person
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 20 euros/night), private transport in the region (minivan and hydrofoil), one-way flight from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg, first-class train ticket from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk, entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.
The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility. It is also possible to make the tour the other way around, starting from Kirkenes and finishing in Leningrad.