Nord Rail - territory for adventure

Arctic Wind Travel – from Karelia to the Pomor Land & White Sea Summer & Winter
Karelia-Russian Lapland-White Sea-Pomorland
11 days from € 2.690.-                                                                                   Tour NR-21
St. Petersburg – Petrozavodsk – Island Kizhi – Murman Railway Karelia – Olenegorsk – Lovozero Lake/Kola Peninsula – Murmansk – White Sea – Arkhangelsk – Kargopol (Pomor Land) – Moscow

travel highlights
Murman Railway & discover Russia's North
Island Kizhi – World Heritage Sites in Lake Onega
Kizhi: in winter with hovercraft, in summer with hydrofoil
Russian Lapland & traditional village of the indigenous Sami people
Your island in the Lovozero Lake & boat tour
Lake Lovozeroe: in winter with snowmobiles, in summer with a boat
Murmansk & nuclear icebreaker Lenin
Arkhangelsk & history of the Russian North
Lyadiny & wooden architecture of the XVIII. Century
Lyadiny & Your Russia-House - discover the north first-hand
Kargopol & aristocratic estate Fomin with woodcarving
All overnight stays in very good middle class hotels and cottage
Meals: half board, partially full board
English-speaking tour guide

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner, P= picnic, AC = accommodation

Day 01: Saint Petersburg (D)
Flight with Lufthansa, Austrian or another airline from many European airports to Saint Petersburg and meeting by an English-speaking guide at the airport, transfer to the railway station. Your NordRail train journey starts in the evening, train travel in 2nd class 4 bed sleeping compartment (1st class 2 bed sleeping compartment or 2nd class compartments for 2 persons are bookable, extra charge) AC train.
Note: Get pre-trip St Petersburg on request.

Day 2 Island Kizhi (B,D)

In Petrozavodsk walk to the harbor and hydrofoil ride over the Lake Onega to the Kizhi Island in summer, in winter time with hovercraft. The arrival in Kizhi is at 10:45 am, the return starts at 16:45 pm, in winter 2 hours earlier, enough time for a leisurely walk, you will see a unique collection of Russian wooden architecture.

The Architectural Ensemble of the Kizhi Pogost is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. The Kizhi island cultural historical and natural complex is included into the State Code of Cultural Heritage Sites of Special Value of the Russian Federation: The Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour, The Church of the Intercession and The Bell-Tower of the Kizhi Pogost.
Dinner in Petrozavodsk, in the late evening train journey on the legendary Murman railway to the city Olenegorsk northern the Arctic Circle. AC train.

Day 3 Karelia by the Murman Railway (B,D)
Today you travel with the Murman Railway through Karelia, past countless lakes and forests and you will cross the Arctic Circle. The Murman Railroad is one of the oldest railway lines in Russia. Arrival Olenegorsk at late afternoon.

From the railway station transfers by car and boat in summer and car & snowmobiles in winter time to your comfortable accommodation on an island in Lake Lovozero.

Cottage Rus-Laplandia: Comfortable accommodation on an island in Lake Lovozero with Stolovaja-Café, your rooms are equipped with bath, shower, toilet. AC cottage

Day 4 Discover Lake Lovozero by boat/snowmobile & jeep (B,P,D)
Trip by boat over the Lovozero Lake and jeep tour through the tundra to the holy lake of the Saami - Seydozero and stop, if we can watch reindeer. (in winter time trip by snowmobile instead of boat). AC cottage

Day 5 Sami settlement Lovozero & Murmansk (B,L,D)
By boat (snowmobile in winter) and car we travel to Murmansk with stop in the village Lovozero with lunch. Lovozero is a traditional Russian Sami village, in the village there is a museum, dedicated the Sami culture, which you will visit. Then enjoy a Sami meal of fish and meat around a fire in a traditional house.

Continue tour to your hotel in Murmansk. AC hotel

Day 6 Murmansk & nuclear icebreaker Lenin (B,L)
City tour of the capital of the Russian North. Murmansk is a port city and provides the base for 15 fleets. Visit to the Maritime Museum with photographs and models of the northern Russian Navy and visit the first nuclear icebreaker in the world.

In the evening 2 hour flight over the White Sea with Nordavia to Arkhangelsk and transfer to your hotel. AC hotel

Day 7 Arkhangelsk & Malye Karely (B,L)
City tour Arkhangelsk with museum about archaelogy of the northern people, ethnography, history and culture of the Arkhangelsk region from ancient time to nowadays. In the evening train travel to Nyandoma by train, arriving in the early morning of the next day. AC train

Day 8 Nyandoma & Kargopol (B,D)
Nyandoma you have reached in the morning, breakfast was served in the train compartment.
Transfer to Kargopol. (80 km) and city tour Kargopol including visit the bell tower. Visit the Cultural Center Bereginya, a centre of folk trades. Later you drive to village Lyadiny (37 km) and you move into your cozy house. Ljudmilla shows you everything, whre you take your firewood and find goods and drinks.

The village Ljadiny in northern Russia has a public phone, post, medicine point, two museums and shops. Here you have the unique opportunity to participate in the Russian country life: milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, potatoes and vegetables can also be bought directly by the locals.
The appearance of the village is determined by the fascinating beauty of the ensemble of wooden architecture of the XVIII. Century.

Your accommodation is a wooden house in the village center with bedroom apartment. The house is warm, clean and comfortable. The kitchen in the house has a stove, fridge, toilet in the house, in the yard there is a Russian bath. AC house Lyadiny

Day 9 Lyadiny (L)
The breakfast you prepare by yourself. Today you will experience the typical Russian country life in northern Russia. They walk through the village to the old well to draw water, you chop wood for the stove so that you have fire in the evening.

The lunch will be prepared together with Ljudmilla and you learn how to prepare the finest Nordic pies with a thin crust. For shopping you get a horse sleigh or horse carts from the neighbors. AC house Ljadiny

Day 10 Kargopol (D)
The breakfast you prepared by yourself, there are plenty of food in the kitchen. At noon, you will be picked up and you drive over the country through the old villages Fominskaya ans Oschevensk to Kargopol with a stop and visit in the settlement Archangelo with open-air museum of architecture of the 18th Century.

Dinner in Kargopol and finally visit of the former aristocratic estate Fomin with woodcarving. Transfer to the railway station Nyandoma early evening and train travel to Moscow. AC train

Day 11 Moscow
Your arrival in Moscow is about 10:00 am in the morning, we bring you to the airport or hotel.

Minimum number of participants: no
Maximum number of participants: 8

travel dates

17.01.17 – 27.01.17; 24.01.17 – 03.02.17

21.02.17 – 02.03.17; 06.03.17 – 16.03.17 

15.05.17 – 25.05.17; 22.05.17 – 01.06.17 

05.06.17 – 15.06.17; 19.06.17 – 29.06.17 

05.07.17 – 15.07.17; 10.07.17 – 20.07.17 

20.07.17 – 30.07.17

The tour price includes: 

Flights with Lufthansa, Aeroflot or another airline from many European airports to Saint Petersburg and back from Moscow in economy class
Flight with Nordavia Murmansk – Arkhangelsk in the economy class
All airport taxes

Train travel in 2nd class 4 bed sleeping compartment (1st class 2 bed sleeping compartment or 2nd class compartments for 2 persons are bookable)
Railway routes: Saint Petersburg – Petrozavodsk – Olenegorsk, Arkhangelsk – Nyandoma – Moscow
Trip to Lake Lovozero & Island Kizhi

All overnight stays in good middle class hotels or comfortable cottage, rooms with shower or bath / toilet.
Meals: half board, partly full board

All transfers
All city tours and excursions as described, according to the program including entrance fees

English-speaking guide from Saint Petersburg / to Moscow, partly additionally local guide (not during train travel Nyandoma – Moscow)
Visa support / invitation for applying Russian visa
Nord-Rail Pack
Medical point - doctor on the train

Services not included
Meals and beverages at meals, except mentioned, tips, expenses of personal needs, personal travel insurance, visa fees
Prices in Euro / person
3-bed room    2.690. -
double room  2.990. -
Single room   3.390. -

extra costs:
train rides 1st class / 2 person compartment  280.-
train rides 2nd class / 4 person compartment 180.- (with 2 person occupancy)

Example compartment 1st class train

Example compartment 2nd class train

Example wagon restaurant train

Example wagon toilet

1st class travelling: Single booking (single room) means booking one bed in first class train compartment. If there is not another single traveler in the group, who also has the same sex (in Russia there are many train compartments, which can be booked for men or women only), then it means that in a first class compartment will travel also another passenger. On request, we can book 1st class train compartments for one person occupancy.

Entry Requirements / participation in travel
For this trip, a passport is required, valid 6 months longer than the end of the trip.
For the Russian visa a free double page in the passport is needed. Please note: to apply Russian visa a travel insurance is needed. All information and documents for visa applications you receive from us, including invitation (visa support). Health notes: There are no vaccinations or prophylactic measures for this journey necessary.

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