Saami New Year

The best New Year tour! From December 30 to January 1. A snowmobiling expedition in the midst of the polar night.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Tour starts:
    • 30.12 - 01.01.2019
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Length of the route: 300 km
  • People in group: 10
  • Start of the tour: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center
  • Finish point: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center
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Description

The best New Year tour! From December 30 to January 1. A snowmobiling expedition in the midst of the polar night.  

Trip dates: December 30 to January 1.

Persons per group: up to 10

A snowmobiling expedition in the midst of the polar night. The participants have a rare opportunity to discover our traditional winter expedition through Khibiny and the foothills of the Lovozero tundras. In three days the participants will cover about 300 kilometers of virgin snow, visit the mysterious Lake Seydozero, take a ride in a reindeer sleigh in the deer keepers camp, and try catching and if you succeed, eating a burbot.

Daily program

Living arrangements: Yulinskaya Salma Guesthouse, a comfortable house with all the conveniences, 2-3 persons per room, shared facilities on the same floor. The guesthouse is cozy in a home-like way, good homemade meals, cheerful personnel, a great bathhouse. It is within the reach of mobile operators (Megafon and MTS).

Our snowmobiles and equipment. The organizers provide four-stroke snowmobiles Lynx 49 Ranger 600 ACE and Lynx Adventure, Reima and Scott overalls, helmets with double glass, and snowmobiling boots and gloves. The use of own equipment is allowed and encouraged.

One person per snowmobile. 

Limitations: Children under 18 are not allowed to operate the snowmobile, personal luggage is not to exceed 15kg and must be packed in a bag or knapsack no larger than 40 liters. Excess luggage can be stored in our snowmobile centre.

Cost per person, in roubles:  48 000 roubles 

Program

December 30: Meeting guests in Kirovsk, breakfast in a café, instructions and equipment at our snowmobile center, and the trip begins. The first part of the trip is in the mountains. We will go through two paths, Kukisvumchorr and Umbozero, after which well go down onto the Umbozero lake ice and pass the Lovozero tundras along its southern foothills. Well stay for the night in the Yulinskaya Salma guesthouse at the edge of Lake Lovozero. The daily distance travelled will be about 130km.

December 31: Around Lovozero. A visit to Lake Seydozero with its famous Kuiva cliff, a stopover at a small Saami herding camp where youll be able to talk with the indigenous people of the Kola Peninsula, the Saami, sit by the fire in the traditional kuvaksa (marquee), take a ride in a deer-pulled sleigh, and even feed the deer from your own hand. In the afternoon we get back to Yulinskaya Salma, install fishing gear to catch the burbot, have a steam bath, and move on to the banquet. The distance covered in a day will be 50-80km.

January 1: Check burbot hooks, get organized and move towards the Khibiny. The Kola Peninsula weather can change quickly, so it will probably be different on our way back. Usually the snowmobile track lasts no more than 24 hours, and we cant promise the way back will be quick and easy. But thats the essence of the adventure, and the reason people visit us. Finish in Kirovsk, have dinner in a café, say good bye. Daily distance travelled is 130km.


Accomodation

Yulinskaya Salma

Yulinskaya Salma Guesthouse, a comfortable house with all the conveniences, 2-3 persons per room, shared facilities on the same floor. The guesthouse is cozy in a home-like way, good homemade meals, cheerful personnel, a great bathhouse. It is within the reach of mobile operators (Megafon and MTS).

How to get

Start of the tour: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center

The Kola Expeditions Snowmobile Center is located in the outskirts of Kirovsk next door to the Snow Village, behind the Tirvas sanatorium (the Botanical Gardens District, 25th kilometer).

It is easiest to get there by taxi. Follow the diagram.


Our telephone number: +7 (921) 514-75-55



Finish point: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center

Equipment

Dear Friends! During over 10 years of organizing snowmobile expeditions we have put together the list of things to take on a trip. The items in the list below can be replaced by equipment of similar qualities.

Instructions for snowmobile expeditions (PDF, 24 kB)

CLOTHES for a snowmobile expedition

  • T-shirts, underwear, cotton socks
  • Thermal underwear from thin Polartec (photo 1)
  • Training pants from thick Polartec (fleece), a thick fleece sweater (photo 2, preferably with a neck, or a hoody and thick sweater (photo 2)
  • Down sweater (thin one-layer) for under the overalls (photo 3) OR a standard down jacket on top of the overalls in case of extreme cold. One may use a downhill ski jacket or overalls 
  • Training pants to wear in the guesthouse
  • Thick woolen socks, 2 pairs, and one pair of thick thermal socks (photo 1)
  • Downhill skiing gloves + fleece gloves
  • A downhill skiing hat, and a balaclava if available; if not well provide one for you.
  • A warm scarf and, if available, a wind mask for the face. Balaclavas available from the organizers protect the face well but we recommend additional protection.
  • Down-stuffed climbing shoes are highly recommended (photo 2,3), rubber slippers for the bathhouse, a bath towel (these are provided in nearly all guesthouses but it is better to have your own).
  • A personal hygiene kit (brush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Face cream for cold.
  • A personal first-aid kit (if you need special medication)

Things are to be packed in a bag or a knapsack no larger than 60 liters(photo 3). No suitcases!

We provide:

  • Thick fabric overalls with a one-layer sintepon underlining
  • Two balaclavas thin and thick
  • a helmet with a double-layer glass visor
  • snowmobile boots with felt linings,
  • fur-lined mittens for extreme cold.

ATTENTION!!! If you have poor eyesight. One cannot wear glasses during the trip because they instantly fog and get covered with ice. Use contact lenses or special downhill corrective skiing glasses. The organizers are not able to provide this type of equipment for you. 

Photo 1. Polartec underware. Thermal socks.

Polartec underware. Thermal socks

Photo 2. Thick Polartec (fleece) pants, thick Polartec (fleece) jacket. Down-filled climbing shoes.

Thick Polartec (fleece) pants, thick Polartec (fleece) jacket.

Photo 3. Down sweater (thin one-layer down jacket). A bag no more than 60 liters. Down climbing shoes.

Down sweater (thin one-layer down jacket). A bag. Down climbing shoes

Instructions for snowmobile expeditions (PDF, 24 kB)

Terms of participation

Snowmobile tour, safari, and expedition conditions

While getting ready for our trip you need to keep the following in mind:

Our company holds its snowmobile tours in the Kola Peninsula, above the Arctic Circle. Our region has a climate very different from mid-Russian or even Karelian one. Here weather changes quickly and tend to be extreme. There is a high probability of significant changes in temperature, such as a drop from zero to -30C [in a few hours], strong winds, or blizzards. Please take the weather factor into consideration when preparing for the trip. Read our What to take with you instructions carefully.

Our additional comments on the routes are related to weather:

  1. Most of the route is over virgin snow, which may be difficult to novices.
  2. Only one person per snowmobile, for safety reasons. Many travel companies are less than fully sincere when they sell tours with two persons per snowmobile. The difference in price is usually low but significant in terms comfort and safety. Riding a snowmobile with a passenger is not an easy task even for an experienced operator because the passengers weight reduces the snowmobiles manageability by the factor of two, and with a novice in the drivers seat the situation gets downright dangerous. Also it is cold and boring to be a passenger.
  3. If weather conditions are extreme the Guide has the right to change the route, or to hold back the departure. This rule is intended for your safety.
  4. If the group is held on the route because of weather conditions we are not responsible for missed flights or trains (this has not yet happened but the chance was always there).

Conditions concerning the use of equipment and discipline on the route.

  1. One cannot insure a snowmobile in our country, which makes guests fully responsible for the vehicle, clothes, and equipment rented. We sign a formal snowmobile and equipment rental agreement with each guest. Based on our many years of experience we can say that accidents on the route occur only from breaking safety rules, eg. by not maintaining proper following distance or riding, without permission, over virgin ice that hides obstacles.
  2. If the Guest misbehaves or breaks safety rules during the trip the Guide will issue one warning. If the Guest continues breaking the rules the Guide has the right to take the Guest off the route without any compensation to the guest. We introduced this rule only for your safety and the success of our expeditions.
Snowmobile Operation Safety Instructions (PDF, 24 kB)
Snowmobile Rental Agreement (PDF, 32 kB)

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