Observing belugas and snorkeling with seals
Solovetsky islands
June 14 - 18 / June 20 - 24, 2019
Solovetsky islands are hidden at the very heart of the White sea. Here, the pristine nature of the breathtaking Russian North combines with the rich history and spirit of marine adventures. Every summer the elusive white whales - belugas - visit these shores. The literal translation of the Russian word "Beluga" would be "a white creature". In the waters surrounding Solovetsky these beautiful animals can be observed in their natural habitat almost every day. Belugas come here to breed, to give birth, to nurse and to bring up their calves. Sometimes beluga watchers can even observe carousel feeding or male fights.


In addition, guests have an opportunity to snorkel with seals, which can be observed around Top island every day. There are two seal species to snorkel with: bearded seal and ringed seal. Sometimes it is even possible to encounter harp seals. There are also opportunities to snorkel in the picturesque Dolgaya bay, to learn about the invertebrate fauna of the White sea, and to eat mussels collected with your own hands. The trip includes driving around the island to visit historic churches, lighthouses, ancient labyrinths and other unique locations. It is up to you to discover the great and tragic history of the Solovetsky islands.


For scuba divers we can organise some quality diving in both salt and fresh water.

Itinerary
Day 1 (June 14th / June 20th)
Arriving to the island. A walk around the village, sightseeing. Visiting Marine museum. Lecture about the Arctic.

Day 2 (June 15th / June 21st)
A day at sea. Observing and photographing belugas. Several hours on the Beluga cape, then heading to the Top island to observe seals or snorkel with them. Visiting Sennaya island for bird colonies.
Excursion around the famous Solovetsky monastery at the afternoon.

Day 3 (June 16th / June 22th)
A day at the Dolgaya bay - the picturesque "inner sea" of the Big Solovetsky island. Freediving or scuba diving, exploration of the invertebrate fauna of the White sea (optional). Great place to encounter the famous wolf eels. Opportunities for underwater macro photography. Mussel gathering. Picnic on a small island. Visiting a stone dam and exploration of hitory of Muksalma island.

Day 4 (June 17th / June 23th)
We start our day with some history - we will drive around the island to visit the Sekirnaya hill, churches, ancient engineering structures, historical memorials, magnificent lakes and more.
Then we go to the sea for observing and photographing belugas. Several hours on the Beluga cape, then heading to the Top island to observe seals or snorkel with them.

Day 5 (June 18th / June 24th)
Half day at the sea. Observing and photographing belugas. Observing or freediving with seals.
Departure home at the afternoon.


The schedule may have to be adjusted in accordance with the weather conditions
5 days - 48 000 roubles
Dates: June 14 - 18 / June 20 - 24, 2019
Included:
  • Accommodation at the comfortable hotel or guesthouse near the monastery. Please note that it's not a "luxury" accomodation.
  • Snacks on the boat
  • All transfers on the island, including airport \ harbour and back
  • Weight belts for snorkeling if needed

Not included:

  • Meals when not on board
  • Alcohol
  • Personal snorkeling and scuba equipment
  • Scuba diving
  • Flights, trains, ferries
  • Unexpected travel expenditures in case of bad weather conditions
  • Visas and insurance

Additional information

Water temperature between +8 and +12C
Air temperature between +15 and +25C


How to get here
The easiest way to get to Solovetsky is to fly from Arkhangelsk. You can book tickets at https://www.nordavia.ru/en/. If you travel from Moscow or St.Petersburg you may also take a train to Kem and then cross over to Solovetsky on a ferry. Alternatively, you may hire a private speedboat. We can help you with a transfer if you need.


Recommended equipment
  • Warm clothing, hat
  • Mosquito repellent


Snorkeling and freediving equipment (We do not provide any personal eqipment for rent!)
  • Diving suit. We recommend to use 7 or 9 mm freediving wetsuit.
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins + boots\socks
  • Gloves
  • GoPro or other underwater camera




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