Kola Peninsula Summer Photo-Tour

Kola Peninsula Summer Photo-Tour

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Date(s) - 29/06/2018 - 08/07/2018
All Day


We offer you an unmissable photographic adventure into wild Khibiny Tundra.

The trip is guided by local expert photographer Grigory Ilyin who knows everywhere to go and what to do along with Jolyon Ralph from the UK who will be dedicating time particularly to help less experienced photographers to get the most from the trip.

We will

  • see the sunsets and sunrises from the top of Khibiny mountains.
  • visit the legendary Teriberka village on the shores of Barents Sea (featured in the movie ‘Leviathan’)
  • shoot with local models.
  • Drive powerful SUV to the most remote parts of Kola peninsula.
  • Mostly shoot in the late evenings and/or early mornings to make the most of the midnight sun and catch the best light.

Whats included:

  • Airport transfer to and from the hotel
  • Shared hotel rooms (surcharge for single room)
  • All meals (alcoholic drinks not included)
  • Professional photographer-guide, assistants, models.
  • English-Russian translator.
  • Group liability insurance

What you need to bring:

  • Valid travel insurance
  • Driving licence (for off-road vehicles – optional)
  • Comfortable and warm clothes (+5 +15C), raincoat
  • Swimwear (indoor pools and outdoor swimming options for the brave!)
  • Photography equipment (we will advise on what you should bring)

29th of June:

Arrival to the hotel in Kirovsk, a short hike to the foot of Aikuaivenchorr mountain, shooting the sunset over the Big Vudiyavr Lake.

30th of June:

Exploring the mining town of Kirovsk, visit to the local museum. Relax, maybe swim in the town pool and prepare for our long night of shooting. Later in the evening we will take a cable car to the top of Aikuaivenchorr mountain and shoot the midnight sun over the Khibiny from the top.

3rd day:

SUV drive on the mountain roads to the heart of the Khibiny mountains – the valley of Malyi Vudiyavr Lake, we will have a gentle climb to the mountain lake known as the Bowl of Love. Then we drive to the Kukisvum pass where we will shoot mountain lakes and the tops of the mountains.

1st of July:

SUV drive to the biggest lake on the Kola peninsula – Lake Imandra. We will shoot the sunset over the lake.


2nd of July:

SUV drive to the west Khibiny mountains – imposing mountain caves and waterfalls.

3rd of July:

SUV drive to the north of Khibiny – Kuelporr mountain, the “Beautiful” waterfall and polygonal lakes.

4th of July:

Stay overnight at the guest house at the foot of Kuelporr mountain. Shoot the landscapes of the area, drive to Goltsovoe Lake and Umbozero pass. Visit the abandoned Umbozero mine where Soviet-era mining buildings are crumbling away.

5th of July:

Drive to Aku-Aku ravine.

6th of July:

Drive to Teriberka (300km from Kirovsk).  This, along with the town of Kirovsk itself, were the main locations in the film ‘Leviathan’, which you may want to rent for photographic inspiration before the trip.

7th of July:

Return to Murmansk. Last group dinner.

Price: $2,000 USD  (based on two people sharing a room)


Bookings are closed for this event.