Murmansk region

Murmansk region

Rostourism, regions and representatives of the tourism business discussed how to increase the attractiveness and accessibility of the Arctic for travel at the "Accessible Arctic" forum. Read about the novelties of the Arctic territories, permitted fishing for Kamchatka crab and cashback offered by Teriberka, in our material.


According to the head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova, tourism is one of the key topics in the development of the entire Arctic region. The head of the department recalled that last year a "road map" for the Arctic was developed, and the first steps were taken to change the regulatory framework, making it easier for tourists to access Arctic lands. So, for the first time, the list of ports and points where foreign cruise ships can call was expanded and fixed. Now there are 350 objects in this list.

“As a matter of fact, we have begun the path to the transition from the permissive nature of these ship calls to the notification one. This allows cruise lines to plan routes in advance. We must definitely finish this story and make it informative, ”said Ms. Doguzova. According to her, Rosturizm will do everything possible to ensure that this important issue is resolved in the near future.

Rosturizm considers it necessary to develop a standard for the development of tourist infrastructure that is uniform for the Arctic regions of the country. This will allow you to plan the required number of objects, establish the rules for their placement, for example, locations where hotels can be built or only modular and non-capital buildings.


Ms. Doguzova stressed that the development of Arctic tourism should be enshrined in a new law on tourism, which will be developed in the coming months. “Rosturizm has a big task to write a new law on tourism. All issues that relate to Arctic tourism and the development of priorities for Arctic tourism should also be in this new law, on which we will work throughout the next year, ”she said.

The head of the tourism department also called it important to increase demand and recognition of the Arctic. In her opinion, this will help, among other things, the tourist cashback program, within the framework of which there were bookings and trips to the Murmansk region. As Zarina Doguzova noted, the Arctic regions can also become destinations for weekend trips.

In this regard, the head of Rostourism recalled that a campaign is now underway dedicated to short trips across Russia, and did not rule out a marketing campaign in the future that will promote the Arctic and Arctic tourism.


According to Ms. Doguzova, a new support measure will contribute to the development of tourism in the Arctic regions. “Rostourism on September 22 will announce the collection of applications for the grant support competition. We will co-finance tourism entrepreneurial initiatives. For example, it can be modular hotels, car campings, arrangement of rental points, creative routes. For example, an entrepreneur can receive co-financing for organizing a snowmobile rental point, arranging a resting place on a route or installing a modular hotel, ”she said.


What's new for tourists and tourist business in the Murmansk region and other regions of the Arctic

The Murmansk region is easy to find on the map, it is the northernmost region of the European part of our country located on the Kola Peninsula, most of which is located beyond the Arctic Circle. It is a land of forests, endless tundra, rapids and thousands of lakes, but it is also an industrial region with large enterprises, leaders in their industry on a national scale. The country's only ice-free northern port is located here, and the administrative center of the Murmansk region, which is called the capital of the Arctic, is the largest seaport in the Arctic Circle.

The Murmansk region is an interesting and unusual region in many ways. It is this uniqueness and pristine beauty of the region that attracts guests from all over the world.

Here lovers of various types of tourism can find interesting things for themselves, the list of unusual places that can be visited in the Arctic is growing, and each of them has its own flavor.

In recent years, ecological tourism has become increasingly popular, which includes visiting places where nature has not yet been touched by man.

The Murmansk region can provide such tourists with a large number of opportunities for unity with nature. These are the Khibiny, where at any time there is snow in the hollows, Lovozero, rivers and thousands of lakes with untouched nature around them. This is a paradise for those who like to pick mushrooms and berries, and no permission is required.

Even an exotic type of tourism is possible here - Arctic tourism, which is developing with the support of the Murmansk Shipping Company. In summer, cruises of up to two weeks are organized annually to Franz Josef Land and to the North Pole on nuclear powered icebreakers. Not every region provides opportunities for mineralogical tourism, and in the Murmansk region you can get on an excursion to the most interesting deposits, accompanied by famous mineralogists.

Lovers of industrial tourism have something to do. You can visit operating enterprises on specialized excursions; there is also a lot of interesting things for stalkers and photographers of abandoned buildings and objects.

And also hunting and fishing, alpine skiing and mountaineering, reindeer and dog sledding, rafting, sightseeing and pilgrimage tourism ...

Maybe you should come to the Kola Peninsula and ski down the snow-covered slopes of the Khibiny, get acquainted with the culture and life of the Sami, see the performance of seals in the northernmost aquarium in the world, meet the real Santa Claus in Lapland, see how the sky blooms from the magical tints of the northern lights or even go to the North Pole on a nuclear icebreaker.

How to get to the Murmansk region

First-hand news

Federal State Statistics Service The territorial body of the Federal State Statistics Service for the Murmansk region spoke about tourism in the region.

In 2019, there were 138 objects of cultural and archaeological heritage, 75 institutions of cultural and leisure type, 12 museums and other objects of the tourism industry in the Kola Arctic.

The region hosted 163 collective accommodation facilities: 110 hotels and similar accommodation facilities, 8 health resort organizations, 27 recreation organizations and 18 tourist centers.

79 travel agencies operated in 2019 (85 in 2018).

In the Murmansk region in 2019, almost 3.5 thousand foreign citizens were admitted (approximately at the level of 2018). The region was most actively visited by tourists from China - 56% of all foreigners who visited the region, Thailand (13%) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (9%).

In 2019, the tourist flow from the region increased by 13% compared to 2018.

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A truly unique vacation awaits tourists in the Murmansk region. Where else can they find snow 8 months of the year and see the northern lights? Take a dog sled ride through the snowy expanses and take pictures with polar ostriches? And all this is just a couple of hours of flight from Moscow or St. Petersburg. We are studying what can be offered to tourists in the Arctic.

Easy to get there

There are 2 airports on the territory of the region, the federal highway M18 and the railway pass.

Flights to Murmansk and Khibiny airports depart daily from Moscow, St. Petersburg and a number of other cities. The flight time from Moscow is 2 hours, from St. Petersburg - 1.5 hours.

You can also get to Murmansk by train: travel time when departing from Moscow - 36 hours, from St. Petersburg - 28 hours.

It's hard not to fall in love

The land easily wins the hearts of those who love winter holidays. Endless snowy expanses, northern lights, transparent ice of countless lakes and the splendor of snow-capped mountains - where else can a tourist find such landscapes?

Winter in the Arctic is long, but mild. Snow falls in October, lies for more than eight months a year and pleases with its snow-white purity.

People come to the Murmansk region for real winter fun: downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, deer and dogs.

Tourist attraction points

Murmansk is the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle, where tourists can get acquainted with the history of the development of the North and be convinced of the hospitality of the inhabitants of the capital of the Kola Arctic.

Your tourists will be able to see the ship graveyard in the legendary Teriberka, ride a reindeer in the Sami village, taste a variety of seafood and much more

Tour operator companies of the Murmansk region have developed many interesting programs for the summer - both for active tourists and for families. We have selected several significant and popular among tourists.

Expedition to the End of the Earth Full Dive

Duration: 6 days/5 nights.

Route: Murmansk - Staraya Titovka - Cape German - Ozerko - Skorbeevka - Ozerko - Cape Sharapov - Cape Tsypnavolok - Ozerko - Middle Peninsula - Musta-Tunturi - Staraya Titovka.

Tourists will have a rich program in the natural park of the Rybachiy and Sredny peninsulas, a trip to Anikeev Island to the ancient plate of records of Arctic navigators (with access to the sea).

Travelers will see: the historical and local history exposition "Titovsky Frontier", the German road during the Great Patriotic War, the Musta-Tunturi mountain pass, the "Egg" height, pillboxes, the rocky shore "Armageddon", two lighthouses thrown onto the shore of a whale, a grounded ship, an abandoned garrison, the ancient Sami temple "Two Brothers", a garden of stone figures, a complex of coastal artillery, a cascade of waterfalls.

The participants of the tour will overcome most of the road by ATVs.

"Treasures of the South of Kola"

Duration: 3 days/2 nights.

Route: Murmansk - Umba - Kandalaksha - Apatity - Kirovsk - Lapland State Biosphere Reserve.

On this trip, tourists will touch the ancient history of the Terek Pomors in Umba, touch the natural resources of the Khibiny, make a Sami amulet, visit the amazingly beautiful places of the Lapland Nature Reserve, prepare and taste the signature Tom Yam with northern fish for the first time (halibut, salmon, cod) and seafood (mussels, shrimp, squid).

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