Discover the Arctic on the Sredny and Rybachy peninsulas – Road.Travel

Discover the Arctic on the Sredny and Rybachy peninsulas

Road Trip Route. Sredny Peninsula and Rybachy Peninsula, Cape Nemetsky, Skorbeevsky, Kekursky, Famous red-rock shore, .

Discover the Arctic on an unforgettable journey to the ends of the earth. Hard-to-reach rocky shores, unique Arctic nature, huge waves of the Barents Sea washing over harsh rocks, a carpet of moss dotted with cloudberries, shiksha, mushrooms, and abandoned military installations await you. A trip for the strong of spirit and passable cars. Take a break from civilization, on the Sredny and Rybachy peninsulas! **Tour features:** ✓ Difficult terrain and off-road ✓ The rugged and laconic beauty of northern nature ✓ Places for lovers of military history **Recommendations:** ✓ Choose a cross-country vehicle with good tires ✓ Equip yourself - warm and waterproof clothes, shoes and thermal underwear will come in handy even in summer. ✓ Stock up on food, cash and gasoline

Uninhabited Nature, Unique Locations, Adventure. From: Murmansk

Екатерина Крылова. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Middle Peninsula

Your way will pass through the granite ridge of Mastatunturi, which offers a great panorama of the surroundings. You will see the famous bank of red rocks of quaint shapes, many military fortifications from the Great Patriotic War and picturesque cliffs.

Murmansk

Start as early as possible. You'll have an action-packed trip to some inaccessible places. Keep in mind that there are no shops or petrol stations on the peninsula, so don't forget to stock up on fuel and bring everything you'll need on the trip in advance.

Khrebet Musta-Tunturi

The name of the ridge in Finnish means "Black Tundra" or "Black Fjeld", as flat mountain ranges with treeless surfaces are called in Scandinavia. Located 9 km long Musta-Tunturi ridge on the isthmus connecting the mainland and the Middle Peninsula. During the war there was the front line: on the southern slopes of the ridge the German troops were deployed, on the northern slopes - the Soviet ones. Abandoned military constructions: pillboxes, batteries, bunkers - are preserved here up to now.

Turbaza

A modern complex for tourists, located near the Rybachy peninsula on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. From May to September the camp offers cottages for rent and organizes active entertainment - sea fishing, gastronomic tours and tours on jeeps and buggies. Contact the base in advance to clarify all the necessary information and to book the services! Tel: +7002345034.

The shore of the red rocks

The Ginger Rocks shore is another proof that nature is the best sculptor! Its bizarre shapes have been formed by chemical and physical weathering over millions of years, and its red colour is a consequence of its high iron content. If you're lucky, you might see a killer whale hunt for seals.

Dva Brata

If an ancient Sámi legend is to be believed, the "Two Brothers" are the petrified figures of the sorcerer brothers Kiiperi Ukko and Kiiperi Akka. If we believe the geologists, the famous rocks are about 30 meters high and have formed due to the effects of wind, water and snow. Anyway, the Two Brothers look majestic and epic. The road to them goes along a picturesque canyon and the coast of the Big Volokova Bay. And Norway is very close by!

Chalet "Bay" Great Lakeland "

Once there was a military camp in this bay, now it has long been abandoned, and in its place there is a camping site with a gorgeous view of the bay. Living conditions are a bit Spartan, but it's nothing compared to possibility to fall asleep in the sound of waves of Arctic Ocean, to be heated in wood-bath, to eat hot home-cooked meals from local chef. There are only six guest-houses, so it's worth booking accommodation in advance, better a couple of months in advance.

Baza Otdykha "Ozerko"

Accommodation should be booked in advance, preferably a couple of months, as the guest houses only six and the corps overlooking the sea bay (wooden cottages, assembled by Finnish technology, a capacity of 2 to 5 people), and the influx of tourists has become an order of magnitude more, places may not be. Reception of food is carried out in the separate equipped cafe. We offer 3 times a day hot meals - home-made meals from the camp's cook. Washstands, showers, toilets are located in a separate room, as well as sauna on firewood. Phone: +7 (921) 632-32-55

Day 2: Rybachy Peninsula

A journey to the edge of the Earth - Nemetsky Cape awaits you. It is the northernmost continental point of Russia! Your way will lie through Cape Skorbeyevsky and Cape Kekursky, you will see the huge waves crashing on the rocky shore. Feel the piercing air of the Arctic Ocean and visit an active lighthouse that lights a fire at the edge of the land.

Скорбеевская губа

In the morning, head towards the abandoned village of Cape Skorbeyevsky. This once large military garrison was abandoned back in 1996, and today there are deer pastures with beautiful views of the sea and the precipitous coastline of the peninsula. The place is rich in berries, mushrooms, and in the cascade of several small waterfalls there is salmon.

Cape Kekurskiy

The cape gets its name from the rocks on its outskirts: "kökur" (from the Finnish "köko") means "pointed coastal rock". The local scenery is not inferior to that of Iceland, and the cliffs of the cape offer beautiful views of Vaida Guba and the northern coast of the Rybachy peninsula.

Cape Nemetsky anchorage

The northernmost mainland point of European Russia is a great place to have a picnic at the edge of the earth. There are no cafes or shops at the campsite, so take care of food and a thermos with hot tea beforehand. The cape itself has huge vertical layers of rock. In the XVI century, the active trade of the Moscow government with Western Europe passed through it. Now only a meteorological station and a lighthouse are located here.

Мыс Немецкий

The northernmost mainland point of European Russia is a great place to have a picnic at the edge of the earth. There are no cafes or shops at the campsite, so take care of food and a thermos with hot tea beforehand. The cape itself has huge vertical layers of rock. In the XVI century, the active trade of the Moscow government with Western Europe passed through it. Now only a meteorological station and a lighthouse are located here.

Mayak

Russia's northernmost active lighthouse has been lighting the way for ships since 1896. It used to be a small log house with a red iron roof, above which an octagonal tower of grey color towered. The lighthouse revived navigation in the area of the bay, fishermen were not afraid of approaching it at night. In the first half of the XX century the cape and the lighthouse became a place of confrontation between Finland and the Soviet Union, changed hands several times and were badly damaged during the war. In 1966 a new 29-metre high, modern lighthouse was built in its place.

Baza Otdykha "Ozerko"

It was time to go back to the holiday base, have a sauna, have dinner and enjoy the beautiful view of the sea and stars.

Day 3: Mill Falls and the Valley of Glory

On the way back, visit the largest waterfall on the Titovka River, visit the historical site of the Valley of Glory, and taste the local delicacies.

Parking at the Falls

One of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls on the Titovka river. The powerful cascade of three steps attracts attention with its roar from afar. The gurgling waters against the green banks densely overgrown with northern vegetation look fascinating, and the ruins of the ruined hydroelectric power station add to the atmosphere. Next to the waterfall, there's a picturesque glade where you're sure to want to relax, take some stunning photos or have an outdoor picnic.

Cafe

There is a 24-hour café in Staraya Titovka. Here you can refresh yourself with fresh red fish sandwiches and tasty pastries.

Dolina Slavy

The Valley of Glory memorial complex was built on the site of fierce battles of the Murmansk operation in 1941 and is dedicated to the memory of the fallen defenders of the Soviet Polar region.

Murmansk