Tumcha Travel Guide

  • Tumcha at dawn
    Tumcha at dawn
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  • Heather and reindeer moss
    Heather and reindeer moss
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  • Aperitif in Russian :)
    Aperitif in Russian :)
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    by pinik Written Sep 20, 2005

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    The first thing after the camp place is chosen, all the cayaks and catamarans are landed and the goods are unloaded is to make a fire to make it possible for persons on duty to cook the dinner.
    When going to the trips like this you shouldn't expect the possibility of buying any food during the rafting. Usually, there are no settlements at all, or they are very small and even if there is a shop there, the food assortment is very poor. That is why we had to take all this food you could see on the photo No.2.

    As for the Tumcha region, the first blueberries and cloudberries could be expected by the end of July or even in August. And this year we couldn't find any mushrooms.

    But if there are good fishermen in your travel company you could figure on some dinners with fried fish, fish soup or fresh-salted fish.

    Favorite Dish: The highlight of this trip was fresh-salted trouts, for sure!

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    • Kayaking
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Tumcha Nightlife

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    Singing the songs all the night long 2 more images

    by pinik Written Sep 20, 2005

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    Kola Peninsula is situated inside the polar circle. There are white nights during all the summer days therefor. Flashlight is a useless thing during summer Karelian and Kolsky trips.
    For those people who prefer staying awake all nights long I would suggest to sing the songs (loudly as there are not much people around :)) or just to tell tall stories to each other. I would also suggest to do it not far from the fire place as it could rather chilly during the night time.

    Between, all the pictures attached to this tip were taken during one of the nights of our trip.

    Dress Code: Don't forget about a warm jacket or poolover.
    A mosquito net or anti-mosquitos repellent could also be useful.

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    • Rafting
    • Kayaking

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Tumcha Warnings and Dangers

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    by pinik Written Sep 20, 2005

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    Everybody wants to have a good weather during his/her vacations. We were happy to see the sun and blue skies above us when arriving to Kandalaksha train station.
    But the good weather has the reverse side. The last summer was rather a hot one for Murmansk region and a lot of mosquitos appeared that is not that usual for this area (usually its too cold here).

    Take a look at the 4th photo - it was about +25C and the girls are dressed like this because its the only way not to be beaten by mosquitos "to the death" :)

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    • Rafting
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Tumcha Favorites

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    Tumcha up-stream of Alakurtti 4 more images

    by pinik Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The views you are able to see while floating down the river are also worth to go and see. Sometimes they are even more impressive when the skies are grey and it's rather cold, though, of course, I would prefer the warm and sunny weather to grey impressive skies and canyon walls :)

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    • Water Sports
    • Kayaking

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    Blueberry shrub and small fir 4 more images

    by pinik Updated Sep 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The nature is one of the reasons to go to Karelia and Kolsky peninsula.
    Besides the "wide" views to the river, forest and hills, its always important for me to notice the small charming trees and flowers, with berries that are maturing slowly on them or with rain-drops decorating leaves.
    And, of course, my love forever - the heather :) See it on the last photo.

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    The moss bouquet

    by pinik Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Fondest memory: Sometimes small things could bring the greatest pleasure. Such a moments are saved in memory with care as part of memory jewels collection :)
    What could a person do when he (or she) feels like it's necessary to present somebody a bunch of flowers and there are no traditional flowers around in this region? Then the bouquet composed of a piece of the reindeer moss with blueberry and cranberrie sprigs would be the best decision.
    A small mushroom or a can-dock could be the good variants also :)

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    • Water Sports
    • Rafting

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