2009 Ice Divng Vacation Prices and Dates

SSEASON: February - April

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

Fantastic underwater ice formations, caverns and fissures. Exquisite underwater environment: soft corals, sea anemone beds, Gorgon’s head, brittle stars, hermit crabs, numerous starfish, mussel farms and seaweed forests, underwater cliffs and their inhabitants, seals and Beluga whales, aurora borealis.

ACTIVITIES:

Ice-diving safari and snowmobile rides to dives at the mobile ice camp, snorkelling with beluga whales, seabirds and seals watching, ice-fishing and Russian steam bath experience.

ACCOMODATION:
Comfortable guest houses on the shore of the frozen sea, exquisite Russian food, traditional Russian beverages and the Russian banya (steam bath) experience. Two types of accommodation:Comfort: Twin room with toilet, basin and shower, Economy: Twin room with common bio toilet, and shared basin (per two rooms

 

NOTE:
Itineraries can be tailor made on request;
Overnight stays, tours and transfers in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Kuusamo can be arranged;
The number of days in the programme can be changed upon request.

 

The Arctic Circle PADI Dive Centre is the best place in Europe and one of the best places in the world to discover Sea ice diving. The White sea is the only sea in Europe that freezes every year.
A well-established base, instructors with many years’ experience of diving in severe North conditions, a mobile ice camp with warm wooden huts, a large stock of equipment and accessories all combine to make the ARCTIC CIRCLE the world’s ICE DIVING CAPITAL.

 

TRAVEL:

You can choose one of the ways of getting to the Arctic Circle Dive Centre:

Option 1 (travel by rail from St. Petersburg) Train from St. Petersburg to Chupa (19 hours); transfer to the Dive Centre (2 hours).
Option 2 (travel by rail from Moscow)Train from Moscow to Chupa (28 hours); transfer to the Dive Centre (2 hours).
Option 3 (travel by air from Moscow) Flight from Moscow to Murmansk (2 hours); transfer from Murmansk to the Arctic Circle Dive Centre ( 6 hours).
Option 4 (by car from Finland) Flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo (1:15 hour); transfer to the Dive Centre through the Finish - Russian border. ( 6-7 hours)

 

 

SAMPLE PROGRAMME:
Day 1 Arrival at the Arctic Circle Dive Centre. Check dive; second dive a slope near Maly Krestovy (Small Cross) Island. Kelp forests, crabs and starfish. Evening: a Russian banya and rest.
Days 2 - 5 Ice diving programme 2 dives per day for qualified ice divers.
Alternatively the opportunity to take the ice diving specialty course conducted over 2 days from the first day of programme.*
A daily trip to the ice camp for 2 dives
The programme includes:
Diving by a legendary cliff with sea anemones near the Krestovy (Cross) Islands.
Diving by a bank with soft corals.
Wreck diving: a wooden fishing boat and steel scientific boat.
Lectures on White Sea biology.
Day 6 Following the completion of the programme, at 23:30: departure from the Dive Centre for Chupa train station, Murmansk or Kuusamo Airport. Return to Moscow (the train arrives in Moscow on the fallowing day). The programme can be changed depending to the ice and weather condition.

RICES AND DATES :

 


Dates of programmes

Days

Economy room+ Diving

Comfort room+ Diving

Transportation package

01.02.0906.02.09

6

1032

1338

Train St. Petersburg - Chupa return + transfer

(4 berth compartment) from 224
( 2 berth compartment) from 395

 

Train Moscow - Chupa return + transfer

(4 berth compartment) from 244
( 2 berth compartment) from 415

Flight Moscow Murmanks return + transfer from 385

 

Transfer from the Kuusamo airport return from 214

 

The cost can go up depending to the carrier

08.02.0913.02.09

6

1032

1338

15.02.0920.02.09

6

1032

1338

22.02.0927.02.09

6

1032

1338

01.03.0906.03.09

6

1032

1452

07.03.0912.03.09

6

1032

1452

16.03.0920.03.09

5

860

1210

31.03.0904.04.09

5

860

1134

05.04.0910.04.09

6

1032

1338

12.04.0917.04.09

6

1032

1338

Cost includes:

A place in Twin room, Meals (full board); Ice diving programme (2 dives a day); A daily Russian steam bath; Tank and weight hire; All land and boat transportation at the Dive Centre; Services of diving guides.

Rail or air travel and transfer depends on the route.
Transfers from the Murmask (Kuusamo) airport or Chupa train station to the Dive Centre return.

Cost doesn’t include:

Diving gear hire (other than tanks and weights); Alcoholic drinks; Tips for the Dive Centre staff.

Tours, transfers and guide services in St.Petersburg, Moscow and Kuusamo

Supplement

*PADI Ice Diving Course+ Certificate Supplement (for non qualified Ice Divers) 78 + 30

 

Russian invitation for visa application

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