Kola Peninsula

RUSSIAN LAPLAND

US$2,795 | 2.395€.

Tour length: 8 days
Date:28 February to 8 March, 2022
Our Pro Guides:

Jose Pedrero

Professional photographer

Sergey Korolev

Professional photographer

TheKola Peninsula is a real pearl of the Russian polar region, with a unique Nordic nature, whose beauty and versatility make it one of the most interesting regions in Russia for landscape photographers.

On the relatively small territory of the peninsula there is a great variety of landscapes, dense taiga forests, endless tundra deserts, mighty rivers and thousands of lakes, mountain ranges and a magnificent sea coast. The Kola Peninsula is bathed by the cold waters of two northern seas, one of which is part of the Arctic Ocean and, thanks to the warm current, does not freeze all year round.

Due to the geographical location of the region, in summer you can watch the sunset at midnight, and in winter you can enjoy one of the most magnificent spectacles on the planet: the polar lights.

The Kola Peninsula is one of the most picturesque and at the same time accessible regions beyond the Arctic Circle, where the polar wilderness allows you to really feel the incredible energy and atmosphere of the true north.

Winter in the north is the most suitable time for a landscape photographer. In winter the landscape changes, it becomes clean and airy, the shadows soften, the sun rises low during the day and at night there are theatrical shows with the magnificent Aurora.

The aurora borealis is a truly enchanting natural phenomenon that fascinates with its celestial dances, and today it is within reach of anyone with desire and a little bit of luck.

On our trip, you are guaranteed to visit the most beautiful and photogenic places on the peninsula, from the Barents Sea to the White Sea, and feel the spirit of the true Arctic north.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Start of journey (28-02-2022): Murmansk Emperor Nicholas II Airport (MMK), 20.30h.

End of journey (08-03-2022): Murmansk Emperor Nicholas II Airport (MMK), 15.30h.

We recommend flying on 27-02-22 to Moscow (we will advise you on the most suitable hotel), so that on the morning of the 28th, we will have the possibility to have a walk in this beautiful city, before flying to Murmansk in the afternoon.

Day 1 (28-2-22). Murmansk

Our Photo Tour begins in the city of Murmansk.

Murmansk is called the capital of the Arctic, the largest city in the world, inside the Arctic Circle.

In the afternoon we meet at Murmansk airport and drive to the hotel.

Today we will have dinner and rest after the flight, tomorrow morning we start our route.

Meridian Hotel.

 

Days 2 - 3. Teriberka

Our adventure begins, so first thing in the morning we head north of the Kola Peninsula, to the coast of the Arctic Ocean, to the village of Teriberka.

Teriberka is a fishing village situated in the bay of the Barents Sea, with several beautiful beaches and steep rocks jutting straight into the ocean. Here, like nowhere else, you can feel the spirit of the unbridled and uncontrollable nature of the north.

The surroundings of Teriberka are best suited for the Aurora Borealis landscape, as the open northern horizon makes it possible to see even the faintest Aurora flashes.

Here for two days, we will explore the most interesting sea beaches and coastal cliffs in search of better angles, photograph sunrises and sunsets, and at night we will travel to capture the northern lights.

We will reach the locations by snowmobile.

Hotel Ter.

 

Days 4-5. Kirovsk

Today we will travel to the centre of the Kola Peninsula, to the city of Kirovsk.

Kirovsk is a ski resort, located at the foot of the ancient Khibiny Mountains, in the area of which we have several beautiful spots planned.

The surroundings here are rich in beautiful taiga forests and an abundance of semi-frozen rivers.

The rivers here are shallow, so you can move freely and choose your favourite stones for the foreground. Also if the weather is favourable, we'll go hunting for the emerald hues of the northern lights.

Severnaya Hotel.

 

Days 6-7. Kandalaksha

From the centre of the Kola peninsula we move to its southern periphery, to the coast of Kandalaksha Bay, which is part of the White Sea.

In these places we will photograph the "Snow Monsters", who live at the top of the mountain. who live at the top of the mountain.

Due to the proximity of the bay and the frequent fog, ideal conditions are created here for the freezing of trees and the birth of unusual figures. This place is ideal for photographing both sunrises and sunsets. It is also very interesting to photograph "snow monsters" at night with the northern lights.

We will spend two days in Kandalaksha, stay in an eco-friendly wooden hotel at the foot of the mountain and go snowmobiling up the mountain.

Hotel Scandinavia.

 

Day 8. West of Murmansk

Today we will return to the north of the Kola Peninsula.

This time we will stop in a small village west of Murmansk.

Here we will have a classic "Lapland" forest and several beautiful unfrozen rivers, different from the previous ones and very suitable for taking pictures of the landscape with Northern Lights.

Accommodation in a rented house.

 

Day 9 (08-03-22). Murmansk - End of the Journey

Today is our last day, so after the sunrise session, we return to Murmansk.

After lunch in a restaurant in Murmansk, we left for the airport.

End of the Photo Tour

 

ThePhoto tour is always weather dependent, as the weather on the Kola Peninsula can be very unpredictable indeed.

With regard to the Northern Lights, although it is very likely that they will be seen during the month of January, it cannot be guaranteed that they will be visible on any given day of the tour.

INCLUDED

  • All transfers in comfortable private vehicles throughout the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels (shared double room).
  • All the breakfasts.
  • Accompaniment by a local guide throughout the trip.
  • Use of snowmobiles in Tariberka and Kandalaksha.
  • Snowshoeing in Kandalaksha .
  • Photographic advice from our professional photographers.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight to and from the starting point of the tour.
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Personal needs, including medication.
  • Tips.
  • Everything else not listed as included.

FOOTWEAR

- Soreil type boots or similar.
- Half-round mountain boots.
- Foot and hand warmers.

CLOTHING

- Thermal shirt and trousers (Helly Hansen/The North Face).
- Fleece (e.g. Polartec or Transcend).
- Fleece jacket preferably down to minus 30 degrees.
- Down padded waistcoat.
- Neck warmer.
- Balaclava.
- Snowboard or thermal trousers (Superdry are the best and at a good price).
- Merino socks.
- 1st layer Merino Liner gloves
- 2nd layer gloves special photographic mittens.
- Hat

EXTRAS

- Sunglasses.
- Sun protection.
- Headlamp (Petzl, the best).
- Medicines.
- Documentation.
- Cash, although in most places you can pay by credit card.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

- Camera
- Several batteries.
- Wide angle lens 2.8 (e.g. 16-35mm).
- All-round lens (24-70mm).
- Tele 70-200mm.
- Remote shutter release
- Tripod
- Neutral Density, ND degraded and CL filters.
- Memory cards.
- External hard drive for backups
- Computer.

Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is made.

Places will not be reserved without a deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% refund minus $400.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

INFORMATION
Kola Peninsula

RUSSIAN LAPLAND

US$2,795 | 2.395€.

Tour length: 8 days
Date:28 February to 8 March, 2022
Our Pro Guides:

Jose Pedrero

Professional photographer

Sergey Korolev

Professional photographer

TheKola Peninsula is a real pearl of the Russian polar region, with a unique Nordic nature, whose beauty and versatility make it one of the most interesting regions in Russia for landscape photographers.

On the relatively small territory of the peninsula there is a great variety of landscapes, dense taiga forests, endless tundra deserts, mighty rivers and thousands of lakes, mountain ranges and a magnificent sea coast. The Kola Peninsula is bathed by the cold waters of two northern seas, one of which is part of the Arctic Ocean and, thanks to the warm current, does not freeze all year round.

Due to the geographical location of the region, in summer you can watch the sunset at midnight, and in winter you can enjoy one of the most magnificent spectacles on the planet: the polar lights.

The Kola Peninsula is one of the most picturesque and at the same time accessible regions beyond the Arctic Circle, where the polar wilderness allows you to really feel the incredible energy and atmosphere of the true north.

Winter in the north is the most suitable time for a landscape photographer. In winter the landscape changes, it becomes clean and airy, the shadows soften, the sun rises low during the day and at night there are theatrical shows with the magnificent Aurora.

The aurora borealis is a truly enchanting natural phenomenon that fascinates with its celestial dances, and today it is within reach of anyone with desire and a little bit of luck.

On our trip, you are guaranteed to visit the most beautiful and photogenic places on the peninsula, from the Barents Sea to the White Sea, and feel the spirit of the true Arctic north.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Start of journey (28-02-2022): Murmansk Emperor Nicholas II Airport (MMK), 20.30h.

End of journey (08-03-2022): Murmansk Emperor Nicholas II Airport (MMK), 15.30h.

We recommend flying on 27-02-22 to Moscow (we will advise you on the most suitable hotel), so that on the morning of the 28th, we will have the possibility to have a walk in this beautiful city, before flying to Murmansk in the afternoon.

ITINERARY
Day 1 (28-2-22). Murmansk

Our Photo Tour begins in the city of Murmansk.

Murmansk is called the capital of the Arctic, the largest city in the world, inside the Arctic Circle.

In the afternoon we meet at Murmansk airport and drive to the hotel.

Today we will have dinner and rest after the flight, tomorrow morning we start our route.

Meridian Hotel.

 

Days 2 - 3. Teriberka

Our adventure begins, so first thing in the morning we head north of the Kola Peninsula, to the coast of the Arctic Ocean, to the village of Teriberka.

Teriberka is a fishing village situated in the bay of the Barents Sea, with several beautiful beaches and steep rocks jutting straight into the ocean. Here, like nowhere else, you can feel the spirit of the unbridled and uncontrollable nature of the north.

The surroundings of Teriberka are best suited for the Aurora Borealis landscape, as the open northern horizon makes it possible to see even the faintest Aurora flashes.

Here for two days, we will explore the most interesting sea beaches and coastal cliffs in search of better angles, photograph sunrises and sunsets, and at night we will travel to capture the northern lights.

We will reach the locations by snowmobile.

Hotel Ter.

 

Days 4-5. Kirovsk

Today we will travel to the centre of the Kola Peninsula, to the city of Kirovsk.

Kirovsk is a ski resort, located at the foot of the ancient Khibiny Mountains, in the area of which we have several beautiful spots planned.

The surroundings here are rich in beautiful taiga forests and an abundance of semi-frozen rivers.

The rivers here are shallow, so you can move freely and choose your favourite stones for the foreground. Also if the weather is favourable, we'll go hunting for the emerald hues of the northern lights.

Severnaya Hotel.

 

Days 6-7. Kandalaksha

From the centre of the Kola peninsula we move to its southern periphery, to the coast of Kandalaksha Bay, which is part of the White Sea.

In these places we will photograph the "Snow Monsters", who live at the top of the mountain. who live at the top of the mountain.

Due to the proximity of the bay and the frequent fog, ideal conditions are created here for the freezing of trees and the birth of unusual figures. This place is ideal for photographing both sunrises and sunsets. It is also very interesting to photograph "snow monsters" at night with the northern lights.

We will spend two days in Kandalaksha, stay in an eco-friendly wooden hotel at the foot of the mountain and go snowmobiling up the mountain.

Hotel Scandinavia.

 

Day 8. West of Murmansk

Today we will return to the north of the Kola Peninsula.

This time we will stop in a small village west of Murmansk.

Here we will have a classic "Lapland" forest and several beautiful unfrozen rivers, different from the previous ones and very suitable for taking pictures of the landscape with Northern Lights.

Accommodation in a rented house.

 

Day 9 (08-03-22). Murmansk - End of the Journey

Today is our last day, so after the sunrise session, we return to Murmansk.

After lunch in a restaurant in Murmansk, we left for the airport.

End of the Photo Tour

 

ThePhoto tour is always weather dependent, as the weather on the Kola Peninsula can be very unpredictable indeed.

With regard to the Northern Lights, although it is very likely that they will be seen during the month of January, it cannot be guaranteed that they will be visible on any given day of the tour.

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED

  • All transfers in comfortable private vehicles throughout the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels (shared double room).
  • All the breakfasts.
  • Accompaniment by a local guide throughout the trip.
  • Use of snowmobiles in Tariberka and Kandalaksha.
  • Snowshoeing in Kandalaksha .
  • Photographic advice from our professional photographers.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight to and from the starting point of the tour.
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Personal needs, including medication.
  • Tips.
  • Everything else not listed as included.
EQUIPMENT

FOOTWEAR

- Soreil type boots or similar.
- Half-round mountain boots.
- Foot and hand warmers.

CLOTHING

- Thermal shirt and trousers (Helly Hansen/The North Face).
- Fleece (e.g. Polartec or Transcend).
- Fleece jacket preferably down to minus 30 degrees.
- Down padded waistcoat.
- Neck warmer.
- Balaclava.
- Snowboard or thermal trousers (Superdry are the best and at a good price).
- Merino socks.
- 1st layer Merino Liner gloves
- 2nd layer gloves special photographic mittens.
- Hat

EXTRAS

- Sunglasses.
- Sun protection.
- Headlamp (Petzl, the best).
- Medicines.
- Documentation.
- Cash, although in most places you can pay by credit card.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

- Camera
- Several batteries.
- Wide angle lens 2.8 (e.g. 16-35mm).
- All-round lens (24-70mm).
- Tele 70-200mm.
- Remote shutter release
- Tripod
- Neutral Density, ND degraded and CL filters.
- Memory cards.
- External hard drive for backups
- Computer.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is made.

Places will not be reserved without a deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% refund minus $400.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

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