Murmansk, Russia

Introduction to Murmansk, Russia

The largest Russian seaport on the Arctic Ocean, Murmansk lies on the forest-clad Kola Peninsula.

Known as Romanov-on-Murman when it was founded in 1916 there are many attractions to be discovered; Alyosha, the statue of a concrete soldier looking out over the bay; and the St. Nicolas Church. The Murmansk Regional Museum on Prospect Lenina is also well worth a visit.

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A TASTE OF MURMANSK

• See the highlights of this Arctic city
• Enjoy refreshments in a typical Murmansk café

This tour will show you some of the highlights Murmansk has to offer, and includes refreshments.


 

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 3 to 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

• See the highlights of this Arctic city
• Enjoy refreshments in a typical Murmansk café

This tour will show you some of the highlights Murmansk has to offer, and includes refreshments.

A photo stop will be made at the Palace of Culture, also known as Kirov’s Palace, site of the city’s founding. Proceed to the Monument to the Defenders of the Kola Land, Alyosha – a large statue of a lone soldier on the outskirts of Murmansk, overlooking the city. Continue to a new monument of the Waiting Woman - dedicated to those waiting for their loved ones to return from sea.

Your tour continues to The Memorial Complex - commemorating the soldiers and seamen who died during peace time. See the Saviour on the waters Orthodox Church - Spas na Vodakh – as well as a memorial lighthouse, memorial to the KURSK submarine and an observation area, which gives views of the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay. The lighthouse is non functioning, but can be seen from the bay area of Kola Bay.

A short distance away, you will visit a local café for a cup of tea or coffee and a Russian pancake with jam or sour cream. You will then have a little free time for souvenir shopping, perhaps for a memento of your visit.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is a small amount of walking on this tour. There is around 300 metres of walking at Alyosha and around 200 metres at the Memorial Complex. There is a short walk and 20 steps at the café and there is also a walk of approximately 50 metres to and from the tour bus. Guests may choose to remain on the tour bus at the photo stops if preferred. The order of the itinerary may vary from that described. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit – ladies are advised to cover their head.
 


HIGHLIGHTS OF MURMANSK

• View the highlights of this Arctic City
• Visit the interesting Museum to learn about the history of the region

This tour will show you some of the highlights of Murmansk, including a visit to the Museum of Regional Studies.

 

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 3 to 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

• View the highlights of this Arctic City
• Visit the interesting Museum to learn about the history of the region

This tour will show you some of the highlights of Murmansk, including a visit to the Museum of Regional Studies.

The first photo stop will be at the Palace of Culture, also known as Kirov’s Palace, site of the city’s founding. Proceed to the Monument to the Defenders of the Kola Land, Alyosha – a large statue of a lone soldier on the outskirts of Murmansk, overlooking the city. Continue to a new monument of the Waiting Woman - dedicated to those waiting for their loved ones to return from sea.

Your tour continues to The Memorial Complex - commemorating the soldiers and seamen who died during peace time. See the Saviour on the waters Orthodox Church - Spas na Vodakh – as well as a memorial lighthouse, memorial to the KURSK submarine and an observation area, which gives views of the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay. The lighthouse is non functioning, but can be seen from the bay area of Kola Bay.

Travelling to the central area of Murmansk, you will visit the Museum of Regional Studies. There are exhibits on areas such as the tundra zone, the Barents Sea, Lapps, the development of icebreakers, and World War II.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour, most of which will be at the Museum of Regional Studies. This visit is guided, with over an hour of walking and standing, and there are approximately 52 steps, each way, to negotiate. There is around 300 metres of walking at Alyosha and around 200 metres at the Memorial Complex. There is also a walk of approximately 50 metres to and from the tour bus. Guests may choose to remain on the tour bus at the photo stops if preferred.  The order of the itinerary may vary from that described. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit – ladies are advised to cover their head. Please note that souvenirs may be available to purchase at the Museum.
 


MURMANSK & NORTHERN FLEET MUSEUM


• At the Northern Fleet Museum you will find out about the Arctic convoys
• View some of the many monuments and memorials in Murmansk

The Arctic convoys of World War II are well known, as well as the loss of several of the Royal Nay vessels which were a vital part of them. This tour will take you to the Northern Fleet Museum which will tell of the history and endeavours of the fleet.

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 4 to 4.5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

• At the Northern Fleet Museum you will find out about the Arctic convoys
• View some of the many monuments and memorials in Murmansk

The Arctic convoys of World War II are well known, as well as the loss of several of the Royal Nay vessels which were a vital part of them. This tour will take you to the Northern Fleet Museum which will tell of the history and endeavours of the fleet.

A photo stop will be made at the Palace of Culture, also known as Kirov’s Palace, site of the city’s founding. You will also see the monument dedicated to the sister cities of Murmansk – eight of them in all! Proceed to the Monument to the Defenders of the Kola Land, Alyosha – a large statue of a lone soldier on the outskirts of Murmansk, overlooking the city. Continue to a new monument of the Waiting Woman - dedicated to those waiting for their loved ones to return from sea.

From this monument you proceed to the Museum of the Northern Fleet which is located in the northern area of Murmansk. The history of the Soviet and Russian Northern Navy is told here. You will also hear about the World War II Arctic convoys which took place from the United Kingdom, Iceland and North America to Archangel and Murmansk. You will be guided through the Museum.

Your sightseeing then continues with a stop at the Memorial Complex commemorating the soldiers and seamen who died during peace time. See the Saviour on the waters Orthodox Church - Spas na Vodakh – as well as a memorial lighthouse, memorial to the KURSK submarine and an observation area, which gives views of the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay.

Returning to the downtown area, you will pass Sport’s Square and the Monument to the Anti-Hitler Coalition which is a human palm holding a globe.

DESCRIPTIONM CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is a strenuous amount of walking involved in this tour, most of which will be at the Museum. This visit is guided throughout and there are many steps to negotiate. There is around 300 metres of walking at Alyosha and around 200 metres at the Memorial Complex. There is also a walk of approximately 50 metres to and from the tour bus. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility, and not suitable for wheelchair users. The order of the itinerary may vary from that described. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit – ladies are advised to cover their head.


MURMANSK & OCEANARIUM

• Be captivated by the agility and intelligence of the Arctic seals
• See the highlights of Murmansk

As well as seeing some of the highlights of Murmansk you will visit the Oceanarium with its Arctic seals.

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

• Be captivated by the agility and intelligence of the Arctic seals
• See the highlights of Murmansk

As well as seeing some of the highlights of Murmansk you will visit the Oceanarium with its Arctic seals.

A photo stop will be made at the Palace of Culture, also known as Kirov’s Palace, site of the city’s founding. You then proceed to the Monument to the Defenders of the Kola Land, Alyosha – a large statue of a lone soldier on the outskirts of Murmansk, overlooking the city.

Your tour continues to The Memorial Complex - commemorating the soldiers and seamen who died during peace time. See the Saviour on the waters Orthodox Church - Spas na Vodakh – as well as a memorial lighthouse, memorial to the KURSK submarine and an observation area, which gives views of the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay. The lighthouse is a non functioning monument but can be seen from the bay area of Kola Bay.

You then reach Murmansk Oceanarium. This is the only aqua complex in Europe where Arctic seals are trained and studied. As well as being the focus of extensive scientific research, the seals are an important part of rehabilitation therapy for children. They will entertain you today, with a demonstration of their skills during the seal show.

On the return drive you will have a short stop at a new monument dedicated to the Waiting Woman - for those waiting for their loved ones to return from sea.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour, during the city tour and at the Oceanarium. This visit is guided and includes a performance of around 45 minutes, during which you will be seated. There are approximately 20 steps up and down again. There is around 300 metres of walking at Alyosha and around 200 metres at the Memorial Complex. There is also a walk of approximately 50 metres to and from the tour bus. Guests may choose to remain on the tour bus at the photo stops if preferred. The order of the itinerary may vary from that described. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit – ladies are advised to cover their head.


MURMANSK HIGHLIGHTS & LENIN ICEBREAKER


• Take the opportunity to look around a soviet icebreaker
• View the highlights of Murmansk

As well as seeing some of the highlights of Murmansk you will go onboard a Russian icebreaker which is now a museum.

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

• Take the opportunity to look around a soviet icebreaker
• View the highlights of Murmansk

As well as seeing some of the highlights of Murmansk you will go onboard a Russian icebreaker which is now a museum.

Lying on the Bay of Kola, Murmansk is the largest city within the Arctic Circle with around 305 000 inhabitants. Surrounded by tundra, Murmansk is shrouded in darkness during December and January, yet enjoys the Midnight sun for a period in the summer months. With its fascinating history and remarkable geographical location on the Kola Peninsula this tour gives an excellent insight into the events that have helped to shape the town and the lifestyle of today’s inhabitants.

Your panoramic sightseeing includes the Monument of the Defenders of the Kola Land, Alyosha, and the historical Memorial Complex commemorating the soldiers and seamen who died during peace time. See the Saviour on the waters Orthodox Church - Spas na Vodakh – as well as a memorial lighthouse, memorial to the KURSK submarine and an observation area, which gives views of the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay. From the Orthodox Cathedral you will also enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the city.

You then head to the Lenin for a unique opportunity to visit this icebreaker which has been a museum since 2005, giving a fascinating insight into the Soviet nuclear powered icebreakers still working in Arctic waters today. The Lenin icebreaker was the first nuclear powered surface vessel in the world. It was built in the USSR for the Northern Sea Route and was in use from 1959 to 1989. The nuclear reactors are still onboard but are discharged, making your visit absolutely safe. Your guided tour will show you the original equipment as you explore this fascinating world.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?


TOUR NOTES: There is a strenuous amount of walking involved in this tour, most of which will be at the icebreaker. This visit is guided throughout and there are many steps and ladders to negotiate. There is around 300 metres of walking at Alyosha and around 200 metres at the Memorial Complex. There is also a walk of approximately 50 metres to and from the tour bus. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility, and not suitable for wheelchair users. The order of the itinerary may vary from that described. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit – ladies are advised to cover their head.


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