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4x4 Camper/truck tour "Ends of Kola"

This is a call to all 4x4 camper owners who want to explore Kola Peninsula by off-road. The route is similar then program "Ends of Kola", but more relaxed. The 4x4 part of the tour an English speaking guide with a Russian army truck will accompany the group. The whole tour takes 19 days. Places of stay are mostly on (improvised) camping’s.

You can enter Kandalaksha town (where the trip starts) from Saint Petersburg direction, from Finland or from Norway. Just contact us and we help you with the most convenient route for you.

During this trip the guide will take you to all types of imaginable off-road terrain, to incredibly beautiful landscapes, to mysterious places like a Mesolithic stone labyrinth and to "Kuiva the Giant"; a gigantic figure impressed on a rock and considered sacred by the Saami, to the macabre cities of the industrial era of the Soviet Union to do some shopping on the go, to the remains of the Cold War, to the remains of Stalin era penal camps (gulag) and much more.

After visiting Murmansk you can leave Russia via to Norway (Kirkenes) on the way to the North Cape or to Finnish Lapland (Ivalo). Please look at the extensive specifications in "Itinerary" and "Details"!

This way we make your trip to Murmansk region successful, pleasant, hassle-free, payable and unforgettable!

Specifications and requirements summary

Kind of vehicles: standard or prepared 4x4 light (camper) trucks
Level: MODERATE off-road
Snorkel: not required
Tyres: AT/MT minimum tyre size 29 inch or similar size
Winch: not required
Duration: 19 days
Length: 900 km
Dates:  From beginning of June until end of October.
  • All types of imaginable off-road terrain
  • Beach driving along the White Sea and many lakes
  • The easternmost point on the Kola Peninsula accessible by terrain vehicles
  • The great stave church of Varzuga of 1674 year
  • A mesolithic stone labyrinth dating from 2000 BC
  • Sandy dunes driving
  • Europe's northernmost desert; Arctic desert
  • Fantastic rich nature of the Murmansk region
  • Great opportunity to see big game (bears, moose, wolverines, reindeer, grouse, eagles, etc. not to mention the smaller species...)
  • Huge dense forests
  • Crystal clear lakes and rivers
  • (broken) log bridges
  • Ancient, remote and deserted villages
  • Remains of penal camps from the Stalin era (gulags)
  • Macabre Soviet towns from the industrial era of the Soviet Union
  • "KUIVA", a gigantic natural rock carving of a dancing shaman and considered sacred by the Saami
  • Stalinist (forest) roads
  • The remains of the Cold War era
  • Rock-crawling to the Summits of the Tundra's
  • Exciting river and lake crossings
  • Totally self-sufficient camping out in the wilderness
  • Cosy evenings around a campfire
  • Visit World's biggest city above the Arctic Circle; Murmansk
  • Visit World's first Nuclear Icebreaker "MS Lenin"
  • Experience midnight sun from late May to early August
  • Golden Autumn from third week of August and later
  • Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) from third week of August and later

The meeting point is Kandalaksha. From there we explore the White Sea coast for 4 days by driving the old roads to Varzuga village, which includes dirt roads, rivers crossings, a long beach drive, sandy dunes and the most northern Arctic desert. On the way we visit an ancient stone labyrinth dated 2000 years B.C and half deserted villages. Then it’s a 150km drive north into the endless forest, through mud, rivers, overflowing bogs and not a sign of civilisation in all that way. For this part we take 3 days. We’ll stay overnight in a remote villages of a dozen wooden houses. Close to Kirovsk city we have a rest day for checking vehicle and equipment. Or an excursion to the rests of a Stalinist labour camp (Gulag). Then we head into the ancient, brooding Khibiny Mountains, rock-crawling to the top over a lunar landscape to park at the edge of a sheer 200m cliff. From there we head back to civilisation by visiting cities like Monchegorsk on the shore of the largest lake in the North, name Imandra. Possibility to visit a Saami settlement and Lovozero village. For overnight we choose beautiful camp places on lake shore with beaches and amazing sunsets. The off-road tour ends in Worlds biggest city above the Arctic Circle: Murmansk. From there you can continue in all directions, to Finland, Norway or Saint Petersburg. For more details, please contact us.

Both long-distance driving to Murmansk region and off-roading are considered hard driving conditions for your vehicle so we recommend that you give your vehicle a comprehensive service before you leave, as if it is not in tip top condition many days of off-roading is not going to make it any better.

We offer moderate, hard and extreme off-road expeditions. These are the minimum requirements:

  • Transmission: For each 4x4 vehicle a transfer case, low gears and central differential lock is required.
  • Spare tyres: You should also consider what spares you’d be happy carrying as parts are certainly not readily available in this part of the world.
  • Kind of tyres: Road tyres WILL NOT be sufficient for the conditions. You need A/T’s as a minimum.
  • Underneath protection: There are lots of rocks and logs lurking in the mud, so consider some sort of steering / diff protection.
  • Recovery points: You WILL need recovery points in front and rear.
  • Snorkel: For MODERATE off-road tours a snorkel is not necessary, but preferable. For HARD and EXTREME rated off-road tours a snorkel is required.
  • Winch: For MODERATE off-road tours a winch is not necessary, but preferable. Your guide has a winch. For HARD and EXTREME rated off-road tours a well working winch is required.
  • Jacks: For MODERATE off-road tours a hi-lift jack is not necessary, but preferable. Your guide has a hi-lift jack. For HARD and EXTREME rated off-road tours a hi-lift jack is required.
  • Sand plates: This you need only in rare cases. If you have place in your car why not to take them.
  • Extra Fuel: If your vehicle has a small tank or is thirsty then you’ll need a couple of jerry-cans. For every off-road tour you a minimum range of 600km in low gears and in 4×4 mode.
  • Mechanical assistance: Small mechanical failures we try to solve on the way. The guide has the most common tools on board of the service car and is a good “bush-mechanic” as well, but the carriage of special tool and specific spare parts is the responsibility of each participant. In the event of a large mechanical failure we will do our best to get you to a garage or, in worse case, can tow you to the border. This is not exactly an official service, but it goes without saying that of course we’ll try and help as much as possible, however we can.
  • Insurances: A third-party liability car insurance (property damage only) for driving on Russian territory is obligatory. If your insurance company doesn’t cover the Russian Federation (check your green-card) then we can provide you one for additional costs. See Third-party liability car insurance for driving on Russian territory. A repatriation insurance is of course obligatory to participate on our off-road tours.
  • Other: For driving through Europe and Russia you will need a first aid kit, a warning triangle, and a small fire extinguisher.

A detailed checklist will be sent to you when you register.

Total length: 900 km
Off-road: 600km
Lowest point: Sea-level (0 meter)
Highest point: 1100 meter
Accommodation: 18 nights in camper/truck in wilderness
Optional accommodations during tour: 
  • Motel in Kandalaksha
  • Simple wooden houses at Lodochny Ruchey
  • Saami sot house in Inga.
  • Guesthouse in Oktyabrsky.
  • Hotel in Kirovsk
  • Mountain hotel in Khibiny Tundra
  • Guesthouse on the foot of Lovozero Tundra.
  • Hotel in Murmansk
Level: MODERATE, experience in 4x4-car driving is a pre.
Group size: From 1 person
Duration: 19 days
Dates:  From beginning of June until end of October.
Price:  Prices are depending on group size. Please contact us for an up-to-date proposal.
Price includes: 
  • Support by service 4x4 truck / car
  • Guide and interpreting services
  • Registration fees
  • Permits for certain areas
Documents:  Passport must be valid at least 6 months after date of return. A Russian visa is required for tourists from most countries. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details. We handle the tourist invitation.
Insurance: 
  • The participant must possess medical insurance that at very least covers the European part of the Russian Federation.
  • Motor vehicle liability insurance (property damage only) is compulsory for driving in Russian territory. If your insurance does not cover the Russian Federation (check your green card), we can provide you an additional insurance for a fee.

4x4 Arctic Off-road Adventure can be extended with the following optionals:

  • Kandalaksha:
    • Boat excursion to "Babylon Labyrinth", a stone structure of archaeological interest
    • Traditional shashlyk meal
  • Lodochny Ruche on the White Sea shore:
    • Camping places.
    • Two 4-persons cottage
    • One 6-persons cottage
  • Varzuga village:
    • Hospitality in guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight.
    • Sauna for groups in guesthouse.
    • To visit the wooden Uspenkaya Church dated from 1674.
    • A hike to the Holy springs in the forest behind Varzuga village (4 km). A local guide to show way to the Springs.
    • Possibility to go salmon fishing in Varzuga river on your own. A ferryman can bring you to a good fishing spot.
    • Fishing license “Catch – Release”.
    • Rental fishing equipment.
    • Possibility to go professional salmon fishing at sport fishing camp: Sobachy Porog. A full day fishing with guide service incl. lunch and dinner.
  • Murmansk city and region:
    • Tickets for museums and museum excursions cost between RUB 25,-- and RUB 400,-- per person.
    • Entrance ticket to Atomic Icebreaker to join an excursion in Russian language: RUR 150 pp. Individual excursion to Atomic Icebreaker with a lecture in English language can be arranged.
    • City excursions in Hero city Murmansk.
    • Saami settlement.
    • Trip to Teriberka village and the Barents sea shore.
    • Trip to Husky Farm.
    • Trip to Lovozero village; Capital of the Saami.
  • Motor vehicle liability insurance (property damage only) is compulsory for driving in Russian territory. If your insurance does not cover the Russian Federation (check your green card), we can provide you an additional insurance for a fee.
  • Single- or double-entry invitations for Russian visa request.

Four levels of off-road expeditions

 Light off-road for motorcycles, SUV, 4x4 cars or 4x4 (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is prefered.
 Moderate off-road for standard or prepared 4x4 cars / (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is prefered.
 Hard off-road for prepared 4x4 cars or light 4x4 (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is required.
 Extreme off-road only for prepared 4x4 cars or light 4x4 (camper) trucks. Experience in off-road driving is required.

4x4 Arctic Off-road Expeditions overview

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