Solovetsky islands
June 13-22 / June 22 - July 1, 2018

Beluga whale watching and seal snorkeling in Solovetsky islands


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.
Itinerary
Dates: 13-22 June, 22 June-1 July, 2018
Day 1
Arriving at the hotel. A walk around the village, sightseeing.
Day 2
A day at sea. Observing and photographing belugas. Meeting scientists who study whales. Several hours on the Beluga cape, then heading to the Top island to snorkel with seals and visit the lighthouse. A lecture about belugas and other cetaceans in the afternoon.
Day 3
A day at sea. Observing and photographing belugas. Meeting scientists who study whales. Several hours on the Beluga cape, then heading to the Top island to snorkel with seals.
Day 4
A day on land. Driving around the island to visit the Sekirnaya hill, churches, ancient engineering structures, historical memorials, magnificent lakes and more.
Day 5
A day at sea. Observing and photographing belugas. Meeting scientists who study whales. Freediving or scuba diving at shipwrecks. Opportunities for underwater macro photography.
Day 6
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. Great place to encounter the famous wolf eels. Opportunities for underwater macro photography. Mussel gathering. Picnic on a small island. Visiting a stone dam.
Day 7
Exploring the ancient labyrinths of the Zayatsky islands and a tour of the famous Solovetsky monastery.
Day 8
A day at sea. Observing and photographing belugas. Meeting scientists who work with the whales. Several hours on the Beluga cape, then heading to the Top island to snorkel with seals.
Day 9
Relaxing or additional activities.
Day 10
Departure.
The schedule may have to be adjusted in accordance with the weather conditions.
Prices

5 days (half of the program) - 46 000 roubles

Dates: 13-17 June, 18-22 June, 22-26 June, 26 June - 1 July

10 days (full program) - 92 000 roubles

DAtes: 13-22 June, 22 June - 1 July
Included:
  • Accommodation at a comfortable house near the monastery
  • Lunch on the boat
  • All transfers on the island, including airport \ harbour and back
  • Weight belt
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
Wheather
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/tuque
  • Mosquito repellent
Snorkeling and freediving equipment
  • Diving suit. We recommend to use 7 or 9 mm freediving wetsuit.
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins + boots\socks
  • Gloves
  • GoPro or other underwater camera
Tour Leaders
It's easy to book with us!
The process of booking becomes easy with Whale Watching Russia.
1
Contact us
However you like: phone or WhatsApp +79163114469, email info@whale-expeditions.com, using Facebook or fill the application form below
2
We will call you back
Or write a message. We will answer all your questions, explain all the details and discuss your personal wishes
3
Deposit payment
When you are ready to book expedition, we would ask you to pay the deposit, usually it's 50% of the price. You can pay the rest later, the last payment day is 60 days before expedition start.
4
Done!
You got your space on the trip, it's time to buy plane tickets! By the way, we can help you with tickets and visas if needed.
Book expedition!
Contacts
+7 916 311 44 69
info@whale-expeditions.com

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