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Russian Northern Lights Destinations
December 25, 2018 10:11


Where are the northern lights visible in Russia? Here you will find the most inspiring destinations.

1. Arkhangelsk Oblast. This option is suitable for those people who are not ready to go very far to the north and live in small villages on doubtful conditions. The northern lights can be seen in the city itself - the main thing is to catch the right moment (don’t forget to monitor the solar activity!). The time that is not spent photo hunting can spent on having fun at the entertainment facilities of Arkhangelsk. You can live in a hotel (accommodation price beginning from 2000 roubles) or in a hostel (from 700 roubles); there is also the option of private housing - Airbnb has offers for $ 22 per day.

2. Taimyr. Khatanga Village: this option, on the contrary, suits the fans of extreme leisure time - those who are ready to conquer the northernmost part of Russia in pursuit of the “dance of fire” and at the same time challenge their physical abilities. The chances of observing the cosmic variety of colors –northern lights - are higher here than anywhere else, and the photos of the northern lights are memorably beautiful. However, before you decide to go on this journey, think about the two facts: the average January temperature is -31 ° C; besides, the only hotel in the village seems to be “Zapolyarye” – a specimen of a Soviet dormitory, without any online booking available.

3. Khibiny Mountains. Due to the natural elevation, this region is considered one of the most suitable places in Russia for successful observation of the northern lights. In order to take stunning photos, you will have to suffer the inconvenience connected with transportation to tourist centres in the Khibiny mountains. There is a freshwater lake Imandra at a distance of about 10 km away from the city of Apatity, the coast of this lake has about a dozen tourist centres. In addition to photo hunting, you can go skiing, ice fishing, snowmobile riding, dog and deer sledding, attending Russian bath and barbecuing at the tourist centres. The price of daily accommodation for one person starts from 1500 roubles. Three meals a day will cost you approximately the same amount of money, unless you rent an apartment with a kitchen and cook yourself.

4. Murmansk Oblast. Teriberka Village, 2 km away from the Barents Sea. The village has a shop with a fairly wide selection of food products at the prices that are slightly more expensive than the average Russian prices. A price of apartment rental makes up 1000 roubles per day per person. You should also be ready to the lack of choice (if you find a landlord quickly enough, you’ll be really lucky) and rather modest living conditions. Murmansk: in order to observe the beautiful sky, you will have to move away from the city to the distance of at least 50 km. However, this option of accommodation implies comfortable living conditions and a fairly wide range of entertainment in the city. Accommodation prices of local hotels begin from 2000 roubles for a double room, apartments rental prices start from $ 18 per day.
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5. The Republic of Komi. You can see the northern lights in any city in the region, but the farther you go to the north, the higher your chances are. You should decide it for yourself whether you want to go to the severe Vorkuta or to the milder Syktyvkar. In the latter case, you will have every chance to spend the time free from photo hunting in a usual way for a city inhabitant: to go to restaurants and bars, cinemas and bowling, gyms, to play paintball and attend quest rooms. The prices for accommodation in hotels and hostels start from 1000 roubles per person.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: ecotourism Khibiny Mountains Murmansk Arkhangelsk  

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