Khibiny snowmobile New Year

3 days
150 km, Medium, 12+

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

Duration: 3 days

Complexity: Medium

Age restrictions: 12+

Route length: 150 km

Start of the tour: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center

Finish point: Kirovsk, the Snowmobile Center

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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. In three days the participants will cover about 150 kilometers of virgin snow, eating a burbot.

Living arrangements: Kuelporr Guesthouse, a comfortable house with all the conveniences, 2-4 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.

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.

Limitations: Children under 12 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

  • two riders per snowmobile 38 000 roubles (3-4 guests in a room)

  • one rider per snowmobile 44 000 roubles (3-4 guests in a room)

  • two riders per snowmobile 40 000 roubles (2 guests in a room)

  • one rider per snowmobile 48 000 roubles (2 guests in a room)

Program

1 day (December 30) Meeting guests at the station or picking up from hotels. Breakfast in the cafe, transfer to our snowmobile center. Briefing, equipment selection, baggage packing. Start on the route.

On the first day we will pass along the route - Kirovsk - Ramzay Pass - guesthouse Kuelporr. Quickly, but tightly dine and continue snowmobiling.

After lunch, we will try to make a snowmobile climb to the Petrelius pass.

Dinner, chat, free time. Our guides will be happy to show you the most beautiful places for evening walks and photo shoots.

2 day (December 31) Breakfast
The route to Lake Academic. Ascent into the bowl of the lake, located at an altitude of 700 m above sea level, and when the weather is favorable, climb to a plateau above the lake to an altitude of more than 1000 m above sea level.

Return to the guest house, lunch.

For those who wish, a bathhouse or a snowshoeing route through a snowy forest with a climb to viewpoints or a small snowmobile route with a picnic and tea in a specially equipped place.

At 19 oclock the beginning of the New Year's banquet with animation. Fireworks. We go to bed no later than 2 a.m. - in the morning, the continuation of the snowmobile program.

3 day (January 1) A little later rise, breakfast.
Radial route towards Lake Umbozero. Lunch on the route. Return to the guest house, fees, light dinner, return by snowmobile to Kirovsk - the end of the route.

Presentation of souvenirs, transfer to Kirovsk or to the station.

To book a tour call +7 (921) 514-75-55
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

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


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.

CLOTHES for a snowmobile expedition (PDF, 107 )

CLOTHES for a snowmobile expedition

  • T-shirts, underwear, cotton socks
  • Thermal underwear from thin Polartec (foto1)
  • Training pants from thick Polartec (fleece), a thick fleece sweater photo 2, preferably with a neck, or a hoody and thick sweater (foto2)
  • 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 (foto1)
  • 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. Down-filled climbing shoes.

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 no more than 60 liters. Down climbing shoes.

To book a tour call +7 (921) 514-75-55
The 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.
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