The only sea in Europe that freezes up
into beautiful ice formations
This special expedition is a concept of adventure, wilderness and experiences of the untouched region of Finland and Russia !
The White Sea is one of the best places in the world for true sea ice diving and the only sea in Europe to freeze every year. Nature here is untouched and wildlife is rich and unique. The scenery is spectacular.
A great place for divers to do an Ice Diving Certification or for experienced ice divers to learn more about this unique frozen sea.
The underwater world of the White Sea boasts a magnificent sea life and excellent scenery with fantastic underwater ice formations, caverns and fissures. The underwater environment is full of soft corals, sponges, starfish, crabs, hermit crabs, sea urchins, shrimps and sea anemones.
Diving is performed with safety ropes according to PADI Ice Diving standards using experienced instructors and dive guides, and includes 2 dives per day and diver transport to diving sites by snowmobile.
A mobile diving camp is set up on diving sites. Wooden cabins on sledges provide shelter for changing, for drying of equipment and include a common room module for lunch and socializing. A heated wooden shelter is placed just over the ice-hole (maina) for those who prefer a heated space between dives.
Instruction in basic Arctic survival will be a part of the programme in order to show divers how to read the ice and establish a safe diving environment, including how to deal with frostbite and the potential hazards of Hypothermia.
Check out the requirements for Ice Diving
You can start your adventure with an exciting Husky Dogsledge Safari in Finland. Prepare yourself for a fantastic day out in the beautiful white surroundings of the National Park. You learn how out to ride your own sledge with your own team of dogs. The tour includes coffee and sausages around the campfire.
Fantastic underwater ice formations, caverns and fissures. Life underwater: soft corals, sea anemone beds, Gorgon's head brittle stars, hermit crabs, numerous starfish, and seaweed forests. You can choose to book an optional snow scooter safari and explore the Russian wilderness.
The ice diving was a brand new experience for me and I saw lots of creatures the likes of which I have never seen before
Andy Boothby, White Sea Ice Diving 2015
Arrive in Kuusamo airport (via Helsinki) and stay overnight in Ruka or Kuusamo.
In the morning, you prepare yourselve for a long drive through the rugged and unspoilt wilderness of the Finnish-Russian border to the Arctic lodge at the shores of the White Sea. Arrival lodge in the evening with welcome dinner.
Start PADI Ice Diving Course or Ice diving programme with daily trips to the ice camp for two dives a day. In the evenings relax in the Russian banya (steam bath).
Departure to Kuusamo airport for your flight to Helsinki and onward.
The Arctic Lodge is a well-established comfortable guest house on the shore of the frozen sea. Exquisite Russian food, traditional and international beverages and the Russian banya (steam bath, opended daily) complete a unique experience.
The accommodation consist of traditional Russian wooden cottages with central heating and electricity.
Your Comfort Room has a shower, sink and toilet.
There is a diving lounge in one of the guesthouses with Satellite telephone and wireless internet access (at costs).
Exquisite Russian and international cuisine: a buffet breakfast, a three-course meal at the Lodge or packed lunch on excursions, and dinner.
Hot beverage (tea, coffee, chocolate) and soft drinks 24 hours; individual vegetarian menu is available upon request.
18 - 24 February EUR 1.452
25 February - 03 March EUR 1.562
11 - 17 March EUR 1.562
18 - 24 March EUR 1.562
17 - 23 February EUR 1.472
24 February - 02 March EUR 1.582
10 - 16 March EUR 1.582
17 - 23 March EUR 1.582
For non certified ice-divers: PADI ice-diving course EUR 175
For non certified dry suit divers: PADI dry suit diving course EUR 373
6 nights twin comfort room - Arctic Lodge
Non alcoholic beverages
Ice diving programme with 2 dives a day
International flights to/from Helsinki/Kuusamo
Accommodation pre / post expedition
Transfers Kuusamo - Arctic Lodge vv
Diving gear other than tanks and weights
Optional Wilderness Snow Scooter Safari
Optional Husky Dog Sledge Safari
Excess baggage charge
Invitation for Russia Visa