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Russia: The Ice Forest
Our camp for the night is beside a small river that flows into the White Sea, the forest is behind us and white sand leads down to the sea itself. The tide is out at the moment revealing a long expanse of weed covered rocks and shallow pools. We have just gutted a salmon and its innards are gently rolling down the river bed and Its not long before some gulls spot the remains and begin to squabble over them. Suddenly from the trees directly behind me, unheard a Sea Eagle launches itself and spreads its wings, gliding down, missing me by millimetres as its builds up speed and whisks the entrails from under the gulls noses………..
- Hotel, Full Board
- Wildlife Identification Sheets
- Enthusiastic Wildlife and Cultural Experts
- Comprehensive Roadbook
- 24 hour support
- Visa Invitation Letter
Whats not included
Almost all of our nights are spent camping in the wilderness. We do stay in the Belomorje Hotel in Kandalaksha for one night.
The Kola is brimming with ancient Sami and modern Russian culture and we bring some of this into our adventure
Because of the nature of the off roading we travel as a group.
River Crossings and Flooded Tracks
The river crossings here in this part of Russia are immense and If you have always wanted to experience proper river crossings then Russia in The Kola will exceed your wildest expectations.
You will be crossing fast flowing rivers near Verkhnetulomsky and River Estuaries in The Kola Peninsular that empty into the White Sea. Near Monchegorsk you will be working your way around the side of a lake beside the track to Kuzomen, because the track beside the lake is impassable.
Very often the normal tracks are often flooded, so it is so important to ensure that your car can wade through water that is well over the bonnet.
Wild Camps and Camp Fires
Every time we stop, even for a coffee we always make a camp fire. There are two reasons for this, one, up here in the forest above the arctic circle there are many mosquitoes and midges, the smoke acts a deterrent to these insects which are an integral part of the forest food chain. The second reason is quite simply that there is something very special about having a fire in this wild place, its warmth and glow are such a part of every day.
Here in Russia there are few villages let alone towns so almost every night we make a wild camp, either deep in the ice forest or beside the white sea. It is very important that you make a comfortable camp, so that you can relax, cook and sleep well every night. We have had many years experience of making such camps so you can rest assured that our advice will be well spent.
The ice forest stretches around the whole world at this latitude, much of it empty of man and his dwellings. Here the wildlife is exceptional and you will not only see many iconic birds, such as Sea Eagles, Whooper Swans, Osprey and Common Cranes, to name but a few but also we have had close encounters with Bears and Wolves. Many of the animals have no fear of us so as long as we respect them then we can get some absolutely wonderful sightings.
When we camp I always walk around the site up to half a km to check for spoor and other signs of Bear. This is so that we will have a safe and undisturbed nights camp.