The Sparkle of Hibiny

This is a comfortable trip to the very heart of the Hibiny mountain in a special enclosed sleigh. You will see the rugged beauty of Arctic mountains, snow-covered forest surrounded by the hills, ice-bound lakes, and never-freezing rivers.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Tour starts:
    • 11.01 - 12.01.2018
    • 15.01 - 16.01.2018
    • 17.01 - 18.01.2018
    • 20.01 - 21.01.2018
    • 22.01 - 23.01.2018
    • 24.01 - 25.01.2018
    • 26.01 - 27.01.2018
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Age requirement: 8+
  • Length of the route: 120 km
  • People in group: from 2 persons
  • Cost: 17 000 roubles
  • Start of the tour: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center
  • Finish point: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center
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Description

A two-day tour of Arctic mountains.

This is a comfortable trip to the very heart of the Hibiny mountain in a special enclosed sleigh. You will see the rugged beauty of Arctic mountains, snow-covered forest surrounded by the hills, ice-bound lakes, and never-freezing rivers. 
With some luck, if natural factors fall together right, you have a chance to see the Aurora Borealis. 
Also awaiting you are a snowshoe stroll and a picnic by the fireside in the forest.

Accommodation will be in the guest house, equipped with all the amenities. 

This program beautifully compliments downhill skiing in Kirovsk

The route:
Kirovsk Kukisvumchorr Path, Lake Serdtsevidnoye (heart-shaped)  the Kuniyok river valley - Monitoring and Rescue Center  - the ring through several paths around Mount Rischorr -  the Kuniyok river valley the Petrelius river valley - Kirovsk

Living arrangements: The Kuelporr Guesthouse is a modern one-story building with a loft, and a large hall with a fireplace. The guesthouse has electricity and running hot water. Double rooms with private facilities (shower, toilet, cloth dryer). There also are 6-bed rooms with shared facilities. The guesthouse is within mobile phone coverage. Internet is available for an additional fee. Our guests describe the Kuelporr Guesthouse as a very atmospheric place. 

Our snowmobiles and equipment.

We use only the most advanced, comfortable, and reliable snowmobiles. We get new snowmobiles every year, and none of them are more than two years old. They are all kept in excellent technical condition.

Duration: 2 days/1 nights 

Length of the rout: 120 km
People in group:
from 2 people

Cost per person, in roubles:  17 000 rub.

The cost includes: food during the program, accommodation in 2-3 person rooms in the Kuelporr guesthouse, use of equipment. 
The cost does not include: breakfast on Day 1, dinner on Day 2, alcoholic beverages.

Equipping for the trip: You will need warm sports clothing and warm thick-soled shoes, as well as headgear, scarves, and mittens. It is advisable to take only a limited amount of luggage because space is limited. It is not possible to transport suitcases on snowmobiles. If needed, well provide you with bags for luggage. Before leaving, the instructor will check each guests equipment and, if necessary, well provide extra warm clothing.  

5% discount for our repeat guests

Program

Day 1.
10:30 - Meeting of guests in the Kola Expeditions Snowmobile Center in Kirovsk, getting acquainted with the guides, change of clothes, settling in the sleighs, packing of luggage.

Transfer by a snowmobile-pulled sleigh to the guest house in the center of the Hibiny mountains. Several photo-taking stops at the most picturesque points on the way.

The trip will take 1.5 to two hours.

Arrival at the guest house, room assignment, lunch.
A snowshoe trip to the snow-covered forest, with a stop at lookout points.

 Dinner.

 After dinner an evening trip to picnic by the bonfire. Seven kilometers in a snowmobile pulled sleigh to an equipped location in the forest. A stylized reindeer skin tent is available as shelter, with a permanent fireplace. If the sky is clear you may be able to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis. After the picnic well return to the guest house and settle for the night.

 Day 2. Breakfast. A sleight trip to a mountain lake with a beautiful panoramic view onto the mountains. If the weather is good well go up to the mountain path. Back to the guest house by 1:30 pm.

Lunch, packing things, departure for Kirovsk. The program ends at 4 pm.

Accomodation

Kuelporr

The Kuelporr Guesthouse is in the north of the Khibiny in the picturesque Kuniyok River valley. One can snowmobile or ski there in the winter.

The Kuelporr Guesthouse is a modern one-story building with a loft, and a large hall with a fireplace. The guesthouse has electricity and running hot water. Double rooms with private facilities (shower, toilet, cloth dryer). There also are 6-bed rooms with shared facilities. The guesthouse is within mobile phone coverage. Internet is available for an additional fee. 

Our guests describe the Kuelporr Guesthouse as a very atmospheric place. 

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

Before we get moving you will receive the required equipment: overalls, helmets, and special footwear. After that all the participants will hear avalanche safety instructions and get a short lesson on snowmobile operation. During the instruction process the guide sits behind the tour participant, helping him or her.

After the equipment is selected and the basics of operating a snowmobile are learned, which takes 30 to 50 minutes (depending on the number of participants), the tour starts.  The snowmobiles move in a file following the instructors. The distance between snowmobiles must be from 15 to 100 meters. One can stop during the tour to view the surroundings and take photos.


Terms of participation

Main rules of riding the snowmobile:

  • One cannot operate the snowmobile while inebriated
  • No passing by riding the snowmobile on unpacked snow or failing to maintain distance.
  • Children younger than 16 cannot operate the snowmobile.
  • No operating the snowmobile without the protective helmet.
  • Pursuing wild animals with the snowmobile is absolutely forbidden.

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