Murmansk feels like a surreal movie in the summer. It's all about the polar day. At the latitude of Murmansk, the polar day lasts 62 days - from May 22 to July 22. During this period, the sun never sets over the horizon. The summer weather in Murmansk is moderately warm, in the second half of the summer it often rains. The average air temperature in the summer months is + 18 + 20 degrees. But it should be borne in mind that cold winds blow from the sea - for a walk around the city or on a hike, you need to take a windproof jacket and warm pants.
What to see in Murmansk in summer? In addition to the amazing phenomenon - the polar day, it is worth seeing the main city memorial complexes, authentic fishing villages on the seashore and going to the mountains. Daredevils can swim in the Kola Bay, and adventure seekers can go to nature reserves with mysterious lakes and picturesque hills. Northern lights in Murmansk can also be seen in summer - the most likely in the last weeks of August. Make a plan of your trip depending on the duration of your vacation - the options below can be viewed both in 1-2 days, or extend the trip to a full vacation.
One of the most populated and largest cities in the Arctic Circle, Murmansk is interesting for walking at any time of the year. But it is in the summer months that the city can be viewed in all its details, leisurely strolling along the surrounding hills - thanks to the long daylight hours and relatively warm weather.
A walk around the city of Murmansk in summer should start from the main square - Five Corners. It is named after the confluence of five streets (now only 4 are left). There are 2 squares with monuments and sculptural compositions (a monument to the cod, victims of the Intervention), the tallest building beyond the Arctic Circle is the Arktika hotel. From the square, move to the Murmansk railway station - the building is remarkable for its solemn appearance: columns, an arch and a dome with a spire crowned with a star. At the station there is a monument to the steam locomotive L-4386.
Further along the tourist route is the seaport of Murmansk. The building of the sea terminal was erected in 2016. Near the passenger station is located one of the main attractions of Murmansk - the world's first nuclear icebreaker, "Lenin". Now the ship works as a museum. Tourists can climb aboard and inspect the icebreaker's working rooms.
After seeing the main attractions in the city center, you should go to its northern part. The walk will take about 40 minutes. The first tourist attraction along the route is the memorial lighthouse. This is not a functioning lighthouse, but a monument called “Sailors who died in peacetime”. Inside the tower of the lighthouse there is a "Hall of Memory" - it contains a book with the names of all sailors who died on the water. In addition to the lighthouse, the memorial complex also includes: the deckhouse of the Kursk submarine; plates with the names of submariners who died in peacetime; observation deck with a real anchor.
The Church of the Savior on the Waters was erected at the highest point of the memorial complex. The temple was built recently, in 2002, in the style of ancient Russian architecture. It is planned that the church will become part of the Murmansk Spaso-Preobrazhensky Naval Cathedral. From the temple, go down to Semenov Lake. In summer you can rent boats or catamarans here. There is a light and music fountain in the center of the lake. In the vicinity of Lake Semyonovskoye, it is worth exploring the unusual relief form formed by the descending glacier - "Lamb's Lob".
The last point in the summer route through the sights of the city is the memorial to the Defenders of the Soviet Arctic during the Great Patriotic War. Locals call the monument depicting a lone soldier "Alyosha". The memorial is remarkable not only for its tragic theme, but also for the fact that it is the second tallest monument in Russia (after the Volgograd “Motherland Calls!”).
I must say right away that this is not my first acquaintance with Murmansk - for five years of my life (from 1989 to 1994) I lived with my parents in the Murmansk region - in the city of Severomorsk. And sometimes, we went to Murmansk. Naturally, I don't remember much from those times (I was 9-14 years old) in order to compare now.
But I remember exactly that there is a Volna department store in the center of Murmansk. It is located not far from the port and the railway station, and there was a large hotel next to Volna (it is still there - this is Azimut Hotel Murmansk). And I also remember that back then, in the early 90s, prostitutes and numerous money changers hung out at Volna.
I have only one question - what year is it in Murmansk now? Is it real in the 21st century that someone else changes the currency in the gateway?
In general, you will be in Murmansk next to the Volna department store - do not be alarmed, there is still the beginning of the 90s. Apparently, the only difference is that McDonald's appeared in "Wave".
By the way, this is the northernmost McDonald's in the world. And Murmansk, by the way, is the largest city in the world beyond the Arctic Circle. So, if you have a point about visiting the "most-most" places - go to the "Volna".
Fuck you. There is no embankment in Murmansk. Most of the coastal strip in the city is occupied by the Murmansk commercial port. You will not get to the water.
And where it would be possible to approach the water - there is a huge car market, or something like that. The car market is represented by representatives of small business from the series "Auto parts from Ashot". Complete discord. And also ankle-deep mud. In general, I did not find a way out to the water.
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The Murmansk region attracts tourists with a variety of tourist products. Here you will find something to do both for lovers of active and adventure recreation, and for those who prefer cultural, educational and ethnographic tourism. And you can learn more about the opportunities in the region at the Know Our 2020: Continuation webinars.
All news and novelties of the travel industry in Russia can be found at the online exhibition for professionals of the travel industry "Know Our 2020: Continuation". From May 18 to May 31, federal and regional tour operators, tourist centers, hotels, resorts will present an assortment of tourist products that will be in demand and ready for sale after the movement restrictions are lifted.
As part of the exhibition, experts from the Murmansk region tourism industry will hold webinars:
Topic: “We are studying the near end of the earth - the Kola Peninsula. What to see, what to do, where to relax? "
When: May 20, Wednesday, 14:00 (Moscow time).
Moderator: Yulia Zhukova, consultant of the Promotion and Marketing Department of the Murmansk Region Tourism Committee.
Topic: "The Murmansk region invites you to feel the charm of the North: try the Arctic cuisine, learn the secrets of Kola fishing and admire the local nature!"
When: May 21, Thursday, 13:00 (Moscow time).
Host: Svetlana Purlitsis, head of inbound tourism department, tour guide.
Topic: “Challenge the Arctic! The Tourist Information Center of the Murmansk region will tell you how to send a tourist to the mountains, to the bottom of the sea and on an extreme journey! "
When: May 22, Friday, 14:00 (Moscow time).
Murmansk in winter is an exotic and even extreme option for travel. An unusual place for tourism Murmansk makes its climate and location. Arctic air masses reign here, the city is located beyond the Arctic Circle. The temperature in Murmansk in winter rarely rises above -10 C. But severe frosts do not happen often - occasionally cold snaps up to -35 C. The fact is that the climate of the city and the Kola Bay is influenced by the warm North Atlantic Current. Murmansk practically does not differ during the day and at night in winter - the polar night lasts 40 days. The residents of Murmansk see off the last sunset in early December, and they meet the dawn in mid-January.
Getting to Murmansk in winter by car from Moscow and other cities is the most popular way to travel on vacation. Also, trains and planes fly to Murmansk. Travel time by train from Moscow - 1 day 9-14 hours; from St. Petersburg - 24-27 hours. The plane from Moscow to Murmansk takes 2 hours and 20 minutes; from St. Petersburg - 1 hour 50 minutes.
Why choose a vacation in Murmansk in winter? From September to April, one of the most unique phenomena on our planet can be observed here - the northern lights. In the Khibiny of the Murmansk region you can ski and snowboard, in the city itself you can take part in unusual festivals and northern rituals. There are many entertainments in Murmansk in winter, so it is worth making a plan before traveling.
Tourists do not depend on daylight hours in Murmansk in winter - most of the cold season travelers see the city in night illumination. Usually, in winter, tourists use the city of Murmansk as a staging post before going to ski resorts in the Khibiny or to the suburbs to hunt for the northern lights. The main sights of Murmansk can be seen in 1 day - and then go on a trip around the region.
What to see in Murmansk in winter? Start your walk through the winter city from the Five Corners Square, the main square of the city. A New Year tree has been installed here since the beginning of December. In winter, the square looks charming: snow-covered trees, an abundance of illumination, New Year's decorations. In winter, the fountain in the Five Corners square turns into a light installation. The tallest building in the Arctic Circle is also located here - a hotel with a very winter name "Arktika".
Further, the route goes to the two main transport hubs of Murmansk - the seaport and the railway station. The railway station is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. It is an architectural monument of federal significance. The monumental building with columns, arches and a dome was erected in 1954. But a spire with a star crowned the station only 5 years later. Murmansk commercial port is one of the largest in Russia. It is worth coming here to see the non-freezing northern port and the world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker - "Lenin". Now there is a museum on board the icebreaker "Lenin" - tourists can climb aboard the legendary ship and inspect it from the inside.
Sights and interesting places of Murmansk in winter are located at a short distance from each other. The second part of the route passes in the northern part of the city, 2.5 km from the center - these are memorials dedicated to the military and sailors. This is a memorial complex to the Sailors Perished in Peacetime, which consists of a lighthouse, the cabin of the Kursk submarine, memorial plates and an anchor on the observation deck. Further along the route is the Church of the Savior on the Waters, built in the style of ancient Russian churches. From the memorial complex it is worth going to Lake Semyonovskoye - here in winter local "walruses" swim in ice holes. If you have time, you can go skiing or ice skating on the lake - in winter it freezes to a depth of 1 meter or more.
The route to the sights of Murmansk ends in winter at the memorial complex "Defenders of the Soviet Arctic during the Great Patriotic War." This is the second tallest monument in Russia after the Motherland Calls! The people call the monument in the form of a lonely soldier "Alyosha". The height of the monument together with the pedestal is 42.5 meters.
What to do in Murmansk in winter in bad weather? Winter is ideal for exploring the museum collections. In the museums of Murmansk, you can see imitation of the northern lights, models of legendary ships, as well as paintings by eminent painters.
This is one of the oldest museums in the city - it was opened in 1926. Despite this fact, the Murmansk Regional Museum has recently been equipped with modern equipment. Now, tourists, first of all, are attracted by dioramas: artificial northern lights and singing of northern birds. In total, the exposition occupies 17 rooms, including permanent exhibitions dedicated to the indigenous population of the Kola Peninsula, and a collection of local minerals.