Whales observation in the Barents Sea
Day 1
Murmansk — «Whale Coast» glamping
Arrival at the airport of Murmansk in the morning. Meeting with the guide at the airport. Excursion to the Valley of Glory. The Valley of Glory is a large memorial complex devoted to the defense of the Soviet Arctic during the Second World War. Fascist German army was stopped here by valiant Soviet troops during the very first days of warfare and never could reach Murmansk later. Remains of numerous military fortifications still can be seen around the memorial. Arrival to the checkpoint in Staraya Titovka village and boarding Toyota Hilux or Toyota Land Cruiser jeeps (3-4 persons in a car). Scenic driving to «Whale Coast» glamping. Civilization is lost behind: there are neither settlements nor cellular towers during dozens kilometers on route. The village’s name Staraya Titovka originates from the local river’s name —Titovka. However in the past this river was called Kitovka («whales river») because whales were often seen in its estuary. On the way we will pass by a beautiful waterfall and cross the low mountain range Musta-Tunturi. It’s also possible to drive across Shvabsky road that was paved with stones by the German engineers during the war and still is in perfect condition. Accommodation in the «Whale Coast» glamping. Dinner, Russian bath and overnight in the glamping.
Day 2
«Whale Coast» glamping
Breakfast. Whales observation trip by a speedboat with echo sounder. Today we will put on our wind and waterproof overalls «Fladen», take binoculars in hands and board a fast and maneuverable speedboat RIB. We will leave the Malaya Volokovaya Inlet and go to the open sea. Though it’s usually possible to see here tails of whales even with binoculars from a distance, possessing of echo-sounder increases significantly our chances. This equipment lets locate these large sea mammals right under the water. Getting close to a traced whale is not dangerous. You may be lucky to meet not only a single whale but a group of them or even a family. There are different whale species in the Barents Sea: from relatively modest-sized minke whales (up to 10 m in length) to giant bowhead whales and sperm whales (up to 20 m in length). Whales regularly come to the water surface to breath. They can release a fountain known to everyone since elementary school or elegantly wave their tail to dive deeper. By the way it’s exactly by the tails how the explorers distinguish between different breeds of whales, because the tails are unique like people finger-prints. A whale can also swim vertically up and even jump out of the water. After admiring enough the scene and taking a lot of whale pictures we’ll get back to the shore. Return to the glamping. Lunch and free time. Dinner and overnight in the glamping.
Day 3
«Whale Coast» glamping — Murmansk
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Murmansk or to one of the city hotels. End of the program.
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