On 12th and 13th February a new snowkite park in Russia’s best snowkite spot – a lake near Murmansk. The new park is called “Mogoochi”.
During March and April 2011, Snowkite freestyle and jibbing champion and experienced instructor, Nicholas Rakhmatov, intends to put to good use the vast snowy tundra of the Kola Peninsula in Murmansk Oblast: 85 km from Murmansk and 35 kms from the village Teriberka. Much like the terrain to the west in Norway, the arctic snowfields of the Kola Peninsula East of Murmansk are a snowkite paradise.
Murmansk is in the north of Europe and is bordered by Finland and Norway on the one side and the White and Barents Seas on the other. Most of the Oblast is above the Arctic Circle. The climate is made a lot more bearable by the warm Gulf Stream which enables navigation throughout the year. In winter, polar nights are typical and in summer – polar days. Murmansk is increasingly turning towards eco-tourism with salmon fishing being one of its main attractions.
There is also skiing here – the mountains, though wild, are not very high – about 1,200m. However, their presence close to the Arctic circle means there is no shortage of snow and the longest run is 3kms.