In 2009 the small fishing settlement of Teriberka lost its status as a closed settlement, thereby becoming the only place in European Russia where foreigners have open access to the Arctic Ocean.
It is fair to say that Teriberka is on the edge of the world and up until 1984 it was only possible to get here by boat or helicopter. Even today the road can be blocked during heavy snowfall. The settlement gained a noticeable level of fame following the release of the film Leviathan which was filmed in Teriberka. Since then many tourists, journalists and bloggers have started coming here and as a result slowly but surely tourist infrastructure is being developed in Teriberka, and for better or worse changing the provincial rhythm of this rather raw soviet-era settlement.
It is not hard to see the attraction though as here you can be mystified by enchanting views of the bleak expanse of the Arctic Ocean where you could even the impression that if you head out into the sea you will soon fall off the world. The ocean around Teriberka never freezes due to the effects of the Gulf Stream, which provides a great contrast for photos with the deep blue sea and snowy hills.
• 09:00 •
Your guide will meet you at the reception of the hotel with a sign saying RUSMANIA and you will set off for the shores of the Arctic Ocean.
On the trip from Murmansk to Teriberka you will be able to see how the terrain changes and the sparse forest around the city gradually gives way to vast endless tundra and rocks, which is a popular area with kitesurfers. Part of the road is not tarmacked and in winter it is even hard to see the road, with only long poles marking its edges visible. During snowstorms the traffic often decreases to a small flow following the snow plough that clears the road.
• 11:30 •
Upon arrival in Teriberka your guide will take you on an excursion around the settlement and show you the local sights. The highlights of the tour include:
- Lodeynoe and Teriberka - these two settlements are where Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film Leviathan was filmed. You will visit the so-called ‘cemetery of wooden boats’ which harks back to a time when the settlement had a more vibrant fishing industry, and the beach - you could even have a quick dip, but in winter is it around 6 degrees (in summer it is only gets up to 10 degrees) so you will need to have a hot tea afterwards.
- Shore of Dragons - this really seems like the end of the earth from where an enchanting view of the Arctic Ocean opens up. The shore is made up of round rocks of various shades ranging from pebbles up to boulders, which are somewhat reminiscent of dinosaur eggs. In winter many of these rocks are covered with a layer of ice. It is possible to get here by snowmobile in the winter.
- Artillery Battery - during the Second World War the 143rd artillery regiment and the 352nd rifle regiment were tasked with protecting Teriberka. Their artillery, which once saw off Nazi bombers, still remains on the shore of the Barents Sea to this day.
- Teriberka Waterfall - this beautiful waterfall carries its water from the Batereynoe Lake to the Barents Sea.
• 16:30 •
Return to Murmansk. If you are lucky you might be able to see the natural light show that is the Northern Lights. If the lights make an appearance and there is no cloud cover, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the sky lit up over the beautiful wilderness of the northern territory.
• ~18:30 •
Arrival in Murmansk.
- The road to Teriberka can get blocked by snow in the winter and in this cases cars can only travel there behind the snowplough which clears the roads. We don’t recommend travelling to Teriberka on the last day of your trip to Murmansk as you might get delayed if the weather is bad.
- From autumn to spring, layers are the key to keeping warm here. You should wear a good coat with a hood that protects you from the wind and also have a raincoat, good hiking boots, warm trousers, thermal underwear, hats, gloves, scarves, thick warm socks (you might even need to wear two pairs at once). You should also bring a spare warm sweater and spare socks in case the ones you are wearing get wet.
• CANCELLATION POLICY •
DATE OF CANCELLATION
(with respect to the date of the departure)
(with respect to the total price of the tour)
|FROM 60 TO 45 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||10%|
|FROM 44 TO 15 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||30%|
|FROM 14 TO 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||50%|
|LESS THAN 7 DAYS BEFORE THE DEPARTURE||100%|