A camping trip from Moscow to Murmansk (or the other way) with Uncle Pasha

THIS IS A DRAFT

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From the hustle and bustle of Moscow

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through relative tranquility of the Tver and Novgorod countryside

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with another dive into crowds in St. Petersburg

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through nearly-empty Karelia

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we’ll get to the Kola Peninsula,

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a land that cannot decide whether it wants to be an industrial zone

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or a recreation park,

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a land with distinct identity different from the rest of the country, a transition between Russia and Northern Europe, and almost literally the end of the world.

Alternatively, we can go north-east from Moscow to the Golden Ring towns like Sergiev Posad,

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Kolyazin,

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Uglich, and even

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unbearably cute Myshkin before passing the Onega Lake from the east to get on the Petrozavodsk to Murmansk road along the Karelian coast of the White Sea.

In Medvezhyegorsk we could see the remnants of WW2 fortifications, or visit the Baltic to White Sea Canal museum in Belomorsk, or the Pomor History center in Kem before finding ourselves in Kandalaksha, the entry to the Kola Peninsula, where we’ll have to decide in favour of going north to Murmansk (with a detour to Monchegorsk, Kirovsk, or Lovozero) or east along the south edge of the Peninsula (with Umba, Kuzomen, and Varzuga as the highlights of the “south endge of Kola” detour).

Having completed the trip you’ll be able to say you went through half of the country, a feat comparable to taking the Trans-Siberian while hopping off at every station to look around.

I see this trip as pretty much an immersion experience, losely planned if not near fully spontaneous, and done in a budget way not only to save $$ but to give you an opportunity to get your feet wet. Accommodation will be in tents, in a capmer, or in inexpensive guesthouses. I will act as your personal guide, driver, and all-around assistant. The vehicle will be my good old LandRover, possibly with a camper in tow, comfortable for a company of 3-4.

I can organize a full-scale camping trip for you

How much will it cost to leisurely travel from Moscow to Murmansk? The fuel for a 4000km trip will be around $700, thus the total vehicle cost, including maintenance and depreciation, can be estimated to be around $2100. Plus something for my effort, let’s say $1500 for a trip that will last 5-10 days each way, thus $3600. Considering minimal cost of accommodation and food (we can cook our own), split for 3-4 travellers, that’s not that bad, is it?

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A camping trip from Moscow to Murmansk (or the other way) with Uncle Pasha — 3 Comments

  1. Hi Paul,

    It’s Frank from Kolatravel.com. I was looking on your website for your email address to communicate with you about the use of our company name on Facebook and by surprise I found that you offer car trips. Are you international tour operator? I even see that you even use my map from my website. What do you use more from our website??? What you offer are very similar what are shown in our programs. We are registered as official international tour operator and we pay for our status more than 100.000 rubles per year plus tax from our income. First; I see your activities as plagiarism of Kola Travel, second; to be busy with commercial activities without being a tour operator is forbidden by law. What are you doing?

    About using kola.travel as address for your facebook group is have make a report to Facebook. Hopefully they can help with a solution.

    With best regards, Frank.

    • > It’s Frank from Kolatravel.com. I was looking on your website for your email address to communicate with you about the use of our company name on Facebook and by surprise I found that you offer car trips. Are you international tour operator?

      – Think of me as a driver/translator/guide. A private entrepreneur, if you are interested in my legal status.

      I even see that you even use my map from my website.

      – What is the exact URL? I’ll be happy to remove it.

       What do you use more from our website???

      – The site is mostly of informational character and materials from third-party sources are always given with a link to that source. Further, the site endeavours to describe ALL travel-related resources of the region, thus helping travellers find you, among others. So I’d take it easy.

      What you offer are very similar what are shown in our programs. We are registered as official international tour operator and we pay for our status more than 100.000 rubles per year plus tax from our income. First; I see your activities as plagiarism of Kola Travel,

      – As we all know, all tourist-related operators offer a similar basic set of services. Any tourist company can by teh same token accuse any other of “plagiarism”. Further, I’ve been offering my set of services since 1994 in various regions. Thus it cannot possibly be “plagiarism”.

      second; to be busy with commercial activities without being a tour operator is forbidden by law. What are you doing?

      – The thrust of my site is **information**. I’m also offering services **privately**.
      >
      > About using kola.travel as address for your facebook group is have make a report to Facebook. Hopefully they can help with a solution.

      – Wrote to them.

      – Finally, I tend to view those working in the same industry as partners rather than competitors, and recommend others adopt same attitude.

      Pasha

      • Hi Paul,

        I agree, better to be partners, that’s why I try to find a good solution for your nice facebook page. If you wrote also to them, it will end satisfactory for both of us. BR Frank.

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