If you like nature you should visit this place in winter! It's paradise with trees covered in iced snow, blue skies, snowy landscapes, beautiful husky dogs and reindeers. And if you're lucky you'll even see the northern light! There are many day trips from Murmansk city to husky sledding and to view the norther light, but to get the full experience we advice you to stay 1 or 2 nights at "Arctic Land". They have 2 romantic houses for rent, the "arctic hut" which is for two people and a bigger house for 4-6 people. It's in the middle of nature, very private and even though it's basic, it's comfortable with a hot shower, a sauna and proper meals delivered to your hut.
Besides enjoying the view from your hut you can go dog sledding, reindeer sledding, ice fishing or just go for a beautiful walk. Even with temperatures of -25 to -30 you can enjoy these activities and warm up in the sauna afterwards.
The only remark is that even though the owner, Alexei, speaks perfect English, communicating with him can be quite chaotic and with huge delays because he's so busy at the property with his guests. Therefore we recommend to book it via Airbnb and then confirm with him by email, phone or whatsapp, to secure your reservation. Once you land at the airport though, everything is perfectly taken care of!
Enjoy winter paradise!
Location: Lovozero, Murmansk region (2 hours drive from Murmansk)
Photo credits: private collection