|Level: The participant must have experience in long distances biking in hilly and stony areas and must have a good condition. Knowledge about repairing bicycle on the route is preferable.|
|Group size: 2-11 persons (international participation possible)|
|Duration: 6 days|
|Dates: On request from 15th of June to 15th of September.|
|Price: Prices are depending on group size and rouble exchange rate. Please contact us for an up-to-date proposal.|
|Documents: Het paspoort moet minimaal 6 maanden geldig zijn na terugkomst. Voor toeristen uit Nederland is een Russisch visum vereist. Voor meer informatie raadpleeg de website van het Russische consulaat in Den Haag. Na boeking sturen wij je de benodigde toeristische uitnodiging.|
Day 1: Meeting at Apatity railway station and transfer to a lumberjack guesthouse "Shining Khibiny" located in a small village close to Kirovsk city. Dinner, sauna. Overnight in more person rooms.
Day 2: After breakfast we start our cycling route going via a gravel road. We cycle through dense forests, cross very small left villages and pass many lakes and rivers with beautiful views. The lunch is on the route. After 48 km we reach an old small village where our traditional Lappish Sot house (Vezha) is located. We enjoy the banya (Russian sauna) and have a tasty dinner. Overnight in Vezha on reindeer fur. Cycling distance: 48 km unpaved road.
Day 3: After breakfast we start our cycling route to a forest lake through the picturesque forest landscape. Lunch on the lake shore. Everybody can try luck in fishing. In the evening we come back. Dinner, sauna. Overnight in Vezha. Cycling distance: 30 km unpaved road.
Day 4: After breakfast we cycle back to guesthouse "Shining Khibiny". Lunch on the way. Dinner and sauna upon arrival. Overnight in the base. Cycling distance: 48 km unpaved road.
Day 5: Breakfast. Today our way is to a left area where the rest of a Stalinist camp is located. The old forest road is going trough picturesque landscape, through flower glades on places of ex-villages. We will see ruins of old railway built by camp prisoners, rest of houses and fences of barbed wire. Lunch on a way. Coming back in evening. Dinner, overnight. Cycling distance: 40 km unpaved road.
Day 6: Breakfast. We are waited by the highest mountains of Kola. These are Khibiny Mountains. After 35 km of asphalt we take a 25 km mountain road. We will see impressionable rocks, crystal waterfall and mystic mountain lake; we even can partly drive through its water! Lunch on the lake shore. Transfer to the railway station of Apatity by our Army bus.
Cycling distance: 60 km (asphalt: 35 km and unpaved road: 25 km)
|Total length:||230 km||Largest daily cycling distance:||45 km|
|Asphalt roads:||35 km||Average daily cycling distance:||230 km|
|Unpaved roads:||195 km||Lowest point of the route:||170 meter|
|Smallest daily cycling distance:||30 km||Highest point of the route:||500 meter|
|Amount of active cycling days:||5 days|
This mountain bike tour in Russian Lapland can be extended with the following optionals::
Guided cycling tour from the centre of Kola Peninsula (Kirovsk) through wilderness to the White Sea. 6 days tour with luggage transport.
Guided cycling tour from Kandalaksha city to Varzuga village along the White Sea. The south part of Kola Peninsula. 6 days tour with luggage transport.
Individual cycling tour from St-Petersburg to Murmansk according our roadbook and with background support. 13+ days tour. No luggage transport.