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Saami Village Christmas and New Year Experience 

Overview

What makes the perfect Christmas break? Pinewoods? Warm fires? Or reindeer sledge rides? With this tour, you won’t need to choose. Discover the revived customs of the Saami people through festive dance, games and banquets. If you are looking for that fairy-tale Christmas spirit, then this is the tour for you.

  • Komi folk ensemble performance

  • Riding a reindeer sled across the frozen lakes

  • Time to relax in a Russian sauna

  • Visit to the local ethnographic museum

  • Visiting the local Christmas fair

Itinerary

Murmansk

The most Northern city in the Russian Federation, Murmansk has a long history as a naval port strategically located on the Kola Peninsula. Murmansk is primarily an industrial city, however growing interest in major tourist attractions such as the Northern Lights and better transport links between St Petersburg as well as to Norway and Finland are making the city an up-and-coming tourist destination.

Day 1

Arrival in Murmansk

After arriving in Murmansk, your driver will take you to your hotel where you will check-in and have some free time to rest and relax.

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

Travel to

Krasnoshchelye village

A rural village settlement situated in Russia’s Northern Murmansk Oblast, Krasnoshchelye Village stands 157m above sea level beyond the Arctic circle, on the Kola Peninsula. The settlement is primarily home to the native Izhma Komi and Saami people and has a distinct culture from those of the nearby Russian settlements. The village is best known as the filming location of “The Tundra Race” by German director René Harder, which portrays the village and its inhabitants.

Day 2

Reindeer sled ride around Lovozero

After breakfast, your driver and guide will meet you at the hotel before setting off on the 2 ½ hour journey to Lovozero. Once you have arrived in Lovozero you will stop for lunch before changing into some warmer clothes for a sled ride pulled by a snowmobile to nearby Krasnoshchelye. On the lakes outside the village of Lovozero, we will stop near the Komi family chum where the hospitable Komi will offer you a ride on reindeer sleds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transfer

  • Snowmobile sled ride

  • Reindeer sled ride

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Russian Banya

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Star gazing around campfire

Day 3

Relaxation day in Krasnoyschelye village

After a leisurely breakfast, you will enjoy a relaxing stroll around the village where you will get to visit the local historical museum.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Free Time

  • Historical museum

  • Sauna

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 4

Ice fishing with the locals

After breakfast, you will head over to the nearby lakes for a spot of ice fishing, before learning how to build a national dwelling “Kuvaksa”, to make a campfire, and start a samovar. You will stop for lunch in the kuvaska where you will get to hear the stories of local fishermen.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Ice fishing

  • Kuvaksa building

  • Samovar

  • Sauna

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 5

Visiting a local Komi village

After breakfast, you will visit the Orthodox School and Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov before enjoying some free time cross-country skiing in a nearby forest and stopping for a late lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Orthodox School

  • Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov

  • Free Time

  • Ethno-cultural centre

  • Komi folk ensemble

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Souvenir Shopping

  • Star gazing around campfire

Day 6

Visiting the Saami Museum in Lovozero Village

After breakfast you will have time to pack up your belongings and get dressed up in your warm clothes before saying your goodbyes. Enjoy a final sled ride pulled by a snowmobile back to Lovozero village where you will get the chance to make a few stops to take any final photos along the way and get some lunch. After arriving in Lovozero Village, you will visit the local Saami Museum and have lunch before being transferred to Murmansk by minibus.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transfer

  • Snowmobile sled ride

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Saami Museum

Day 7

Departure from Murmansk

After breakfast, you will have time to pack up your belongings and get dressed up in your warm clothes before being transferred to the airport. You will be able to enjoy a short sightseeing tour before arriving at the airport where this tour will end.

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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