Mission Murmansk - The Kola Peninsula Sept 2018

Chris Aug 31, 2018

  1. Rob-o

    Rob-o Active Member

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    I too am feeling a little envious! I found Russians in general to be among the most helpful people I’ve encountered. And some of the most resourceful, I doubted weather you could build up a rear prop yoke with an old arc welder and dremel it to make the UJ cups fit back in, but I’ve seen it done!

    I’ve had mixed experience with police though, and had to give ‘gifts’ or money to be on my way. At one point our passports were taken and we had to wait hours until they got bored and gave them back, we didn’t pay on that occasion. Most however have been very helpful.

    Rob
     
  2. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Almost fresh reindeer stew in Lapland! 53D2EA5B-E2AA-4583-9131-203B042D1380.jpeg
     
  3. Jake the Peg

    Jake the Peg Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    One of them would keep the bbq busy for a few nights!
     
  4. IRLGW

    IRLGW Well-Known Member

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    Did I not see this on another thread at russianbrides .ru ?
     
  5. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Russianbrides........quite probably, the woman cashier at a fuel station was trying to persuade Tom to buy condoms!

    All going really well, first opportunity for WiFi today, the Russian border only took a couple of hours, no problems there searched all trucks & despite the warnings we had no meat , cheese etc confiscated. Chris eve got through without his original V5!
    And our Russian ain’t good!!!!
    Managed to get from Hamburg to Kandalaksha in Russia on 172 litres diesel for 1361 k’s, just on the rear tank, fuel in Finland is about 1.45 Euro litre, Russia is 46 rubles/ l, ie less than 50p
     
  6. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    Reindeer steak is one of the best steaks I’ve ever had :thumbup:
     
  7. IRLGW

    IRLGW Well-Known Member

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    Making good progress chaps and don't worry about that black car following you either, apparently the KGB is more discreet.
     
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  8. Bmonck

    Bmonck Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Guys I just caught up with this. Cool trip. Please post a route map as well as photos when you can. Maybe share some trip stats too when you get back and have the time ie total miles, fuel consumption, camping sites etc.
    Best of Luck. Cheers.
     
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  9. clivehorridge

    clivehorridge Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in romania

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    :text-+1: Me too, have a blast, Russians I’ve encountered are great!
    But aren’t we a bit light on photies?


    Just sayin’ :whistle:
     
  10. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    No internet / signal etc, were out in the sticks!
     
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  11. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Ok so not a great deal to say
    We know you want juicy detail well what happens in the forest stays in the forest.
    It’s been plain sailing so far. Not a problem with the trucks. Fuel here is 50p litre but we’d pay double that if we could just get a smile out of someone
    It’s a bit like a Russian tourist turning up in somewhere like Scunthorpe I guess. Roads in Russia are pretty shocking unlike Finland on the other side of the fence. Hotel is great though and cheap.

    We stopped for fuel and started filling cans. Niet, niet, niet!!!! No cans! WTF.

    Foreign fuel is definitely more full of goodness than the crap we buy at home. More mpg without question

    We’ve seen a lot of trees and some more trees. Then some trees.

    Just need to get away from civilisation and we’ll be cooking
    Camping has been awesome with no one to bother us. Not seen any bears yet so the repellant we were sold by this old honest gypsy woman seems to be working well.

    Border crossing at Salla went smooth enough with no bribes necessary and no restrictions at all despite the stories we’d read
     
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  12. AndyCook

    AndyCook Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    Chris: you need to feed them with Vodka to make them smile :)
     
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  13. denboy

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    just seen this trip - very interesting - I'll be waiting for the photos ..... sounds great....
     
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  14. chapel gate

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

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    Maybe thats the secret ingredient in the diesel too...
     
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  15. StarCruiser

    StarCruiser Well-Known Member Supporter Guru I am in uk

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    I think it may be one and the same Chas. Maybe one is more refined than the other; probably the diesel!!
     
  16. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    We’re alive and in Murmansk
    We’ve bumped into Lorin and Toby three times.

    Trucks have all taken a bit of a knock here and there but nothing has stopped us rolling. Going to be some stripping and fettling when we get back.

    Camping spots have been awesome and we’ve had the Northern Lights several times to entertain us. First class navs from the guys getting us into some very interesting places

    We managed to get chucked off a military base but they were happy with the Scotch we left them.

    Very cheap here which is good.
    More when we have a moment

    There’ll be a book and a film
     
  17. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member Supporter I am in england

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    Lots of footage to come, still got several days in Russia. The stuff theses 80’s have driven through, over & under has been unbelievable even about 4 hrs over washing machine sized rocks crossing the kibhiny mountains, through swamps& rivers half way up the windows, and they still come back for more .
    Scenery unbelievable
    Andy
     
  18. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    Epic, looking forward to this, what an expedition
     
  19. Lorin

    Lorin Well-Known Member

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    Can’t beleive we crossed paths 3 times! What an absolutely stunning place this is. The off-road driving is simply superb. We leave Russia tomorrow - I could have stayed a lot longer.
     
  20. stumog

    stumog Well-Known Member I am in england

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    I saw your post lorin on mud and thought you were with this group.
     
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