Mission Murmansk - The Kola Peninsula Sept 2018

Chris Aug 31, 2018

  1. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Nick, it says.................
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Ha ha ha.
     
  3. Jake the Peg

    Jake the Peg Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    haha! when we were there last year I drove from Moscow to Sochi, as always in Russia, Landcruisers are generally required to travel about 100mph on the motorways and along with all the other expensive cars, they are expected to make their way into any space in the busy traffic. Its fun driving there!
    Be aware that the speed limit is 90k on the A roads, but if you see a white rectangular sign with a town name on it, its 60 until the same sign has a diagonal line through it, even if you think your in the country. They have a lot of tech in the back of the old Ladas!
    There are 2 different police there, cars with Red / Blue lights are the road police, you will see they have checkpoints on all the highways and you can expect to have a chat with them at some point. Usually when they see your UK driving license they tell you to go, but sometimes it 1500 rubles lighter!
    I don't know if I'd recommend having a dash cam, for sure you are likely to see a few interesting sights driving but it may be worthwhile for added protection if you have reason to use your insurance.

    In all the times I've been there I've never had any problems, infact the Russian people have been fantastic

    Cheers
     
  4. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Good intel. Thanks John :thumbup:
     
  5. Jake the Peg

    Jake the Peg Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Actually if you can find anywhere a "Lonely Planet" phrase book it has lots of basic English / Russian and a small dictionary with the words in both languages. I found it the best when I started to learn my little Russian.
    Oh,,,Pivo is beer :)
     
  6. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Our biggest problem will be finding anyone to talk to. Have you looked at the map where we're going? It's blank!
     
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  7. Gary820

    Gary820 Well-Known Member I am in great_britain

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    Have a great trip.
     
  8. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    If you do get pulled by the rozzers, don't pay the first amount they ask for, be patient and negotiate, plead the stupid tourist, do everything you can think of to get the price down or avoid paying at all. Remember they only earn a few hundred dollars a month so giving them $50 (or euros, or equivalent in rubbles) causes massive problems, it's more lucrative for them shafting tourists than working which creates a lot of problems for those that follow. If the expected rate becomes 50 euros it gets very expensive for those going serious distances that follow you and encourages more corruption.
    A lot of the time I got away with paying nothing, never more than 20 euros, frequently only 10. I generally only had to pay when I knew I had actually done something wrong, usually speeding!!
    They are usually parked at the side of the road and will flag you down by stepping into the road with a baton, driving past really pisses them off!! A biker on a trip I was support driver for nearly got jailed for doing that in Ukraine! Took some serious negotiation by our translator to get out of that!
     
  9. TonyP

    TonyP Super Moderator Supporter I am in uk

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    Enjoy the trip. Although quite different I still talk about my Russian bike trip 8 years on. Border crossing will be interesting, especially the customs forms....
     
  10. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    A5CE6A34-D883-4FC0-935E-4D74C93AA1B1.jpeg Brekky at Tesco , 4 waiting to go80|’s
     
  11. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    I guess running them over just pisses them off even more…? :lol:
     
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  12. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member Supporter I am in ireland

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    Fantastic looking trip guys.. enjoy and all the best!
     
  13. Mojo

    Mojo Member I am in hong_kong

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    The Ruski police are definitely not out to make your wallet lighter, unless you do break the rules of the road. When I drove from Gorny-Altsk to Murmansk, I was stopped over 25 times in 180 days. Not once was I asked for lunch money, they just wanted to know what a Brit was doing wandering around the trails of Siberia with a missing number plate. Curious and most friendly they are. Keep your headlights on all the time and don't speed. Vodka & Bilini's are a must. Drive safe.
     
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  14. GeekOKent

    GeekOKent Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Have a good trip guys.
     
  15. garygiles1963

    garygiles1963 Well-Known Member

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    Have amazing, safe trip
     
  16. chapel gate

    chapel gate Well-Known Member Supporter Promoted Company I am in england

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    Now theres a fine line up of vehicles..
     
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  17. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    All gone without a single hitch today. Incredible really. No issues with passports, fuel, directions, campsites and so on. A good but unremarkable day other than the almost constant attention that a convoy of 80s seems to bring all day long
    We’ve been filmed, grilled, investigated, poked, prodded and even had to stop eating to show people around
    Ferry cross the Baltic tomorrow
     
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  18. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    Careful, it’s baltic out there!!:icon-biggrin:
     
  19. TALAMAN

    TALAMAN Well-Known Member I am in cyprus

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    Sounds like you guys are going to have a great time. Best wishes for a safe and fun journey.
     
  20. hopeless wanderer

    hopeless wanderer Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Have a fantastic time gentlemen .... Seriously green with envy here.
     
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