Murmansk is a city in northwest Russia, the capital of the Murmansk region. The city stretches over 20 km along the rocky eastern coast of the Kola Bay, 50 km from the open sea (the Barents Sea). It is located about 1,850 km north of Moscow and 1,330 km north of St. Petersburg. The population of Murmansk is about 305,000 (2015), the area – 154 sq. km. Local time in Murmansk city is (+3 UTC).
Murmansk history: The first plans for the construction of the port city in the Arctic Circle appeared in the Russian Empire in the 1870-ies. In 1915, during the First World War, on the eastern shore of the Kola Bay of the Barents Sea, Murmansk seaport and Semenovskaya village were founded. The main reason was to establish the North Atlantic supply route to the Russian Empire. The official year of foundation of the town is 1916. By the early 1920ies, Murmansk had less than two thousand residents and was in decline. Since the second half of the 1920ies, the town began to develop rapidly, because the Soviet Union needed a large port, which would not depend on relations with neighbouring countries. Since 1933, Murmansk was one of the supply and repair bases of the Soviet Northern Fleet. In 1938, the city became the capital of the Murmansk region. Murmansk again played an important role as a Russian trade link with the Allies during the Second World War II. Various supplies were brought to the city with the help of the Arctic convoys. Murmansk was heavily damaged during the war. It was restored in the beginning of the 1950ies. In 2016, Murmansk celebrated 100th anniversary
Murmansk Features: Murmansk is the largest city in the world located above the Arctic Circle. Murmansk sea port is one of the largest ice-free ports in Russia. It is the port of registration of the barque “Sedov”, the largest sailing vessel in the world. All Russian nuclear icebreakers are also registered in this seaport. The port is the basis of the economy of Murmansk. The Northern Sea Route starts here. The port is ice-free during the year due to the warm Gulf Stream waters. Severomorsk, a satellite city of Murmansk, is an important Russian Navy base.Murmansk is located in the Atlantic-Arctic zone of temperate climate. The local climate is formed by the proximity of the Barents Sea, which enhances the effect of the warm North Atlantic Current. The average temperature in January is minus 9.2 degrees Celsius, in July – plus 13.8 degrees Celsius. The main industries of Murmansk are as follows: fishing and fish-processing, sea transportation, ship-repairing, sea-, railway- and automobile freight, metal-working, offshore geological prospecting.
Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker
Murmansk Regional Museum of Art
Regional Palace of Culture
Regional Museum of Local History
Hunting of Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights are a unique phenomenon covering the sky in green and pink lights occurring only in certain locations at a certain time in the year. Hunting Northern Lights is not easy, it is an art. That is why you will be led by a professional aurora hunter to be in the best conditions to find them and even to be photographed with them.
Hunting for Aurora Borealis is definitely once in a lifetime experience. Since the ancient times the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis beckoned the people by its mystical mysterious light, many legends and tales were created on this phenomenon.
Sami people, the indigenous inhabitants of the North, say that when a fox runs down the hills and waves its tail, you may see how the sparks of the snow rise to the sky forming this magical glow.
We will do our best to organize your once in a lifetime tour and see Aurora Borealis.
In Murmansk it will be time to hunt for the Aurora Borealis. Our experienced guide will take you to the best places to see this natural phenomenon. Don’t forget to take your camera with you for the best shots. While human eye cannot appreciate all the colors of the lights, your camera can, so do not miss the opportunity to take unforgettable selfies with Norther lights!
Reindeer Farm and Sami Culture
Our special guide will picked up you from your hotel in Murmansk for this 4 hours tour. Visit a settlement of indigenous northerners, where people live together with reindeer! On such a tour, not only will you see these fascinating animals but also you will be able to hug them around the neck, touch their incredibly warm fur, feed them with their favourite snack — moss, and take a selfie with them!
Visitor can see Sami dwelling decorated with moss and reindeer skins, where you will listen to some old stories about people of the Far North, try shamanic tea and delicious pies with juicy northern berries.
You will experience the authentic Sami culture amidst the gentle & famous wildlife.
You will have opportunity to feed the reindeer and take pictures with them.
During wintertime there can be opportunity for guest to join the Reindeer sleigh, play some games there.
If you’re looking for a thrilling snowmobile ride in Murmansk, this tour is just perfect for you. You will be taken to a beautiful location in Murmansk, where you will be able to enjoy your first comfortable and effortless ride by snowmobile. Enjoy the beautiful spots with surrounding panorama.
During the short break, you can take your camera for taking memorable photos there! This tour is specially designed for everyone with no experience to drive a snowmobile.
Take an adventure with the most cheerful and funny dogs! So many people are fans of huskies! They are smart and so beautiful! See them in their natural habitat. The program will be complemented by beautiful views of the northern forest, mountain peaks and frozen lake. Fresh air and speed will create an excellent mood for the rest of the day!
The main part of the program riding in a sledge pulled by Husky, when the wind cheerfully blows your face, and snow tickles your cheeks and nose. Adrenaline and good mood are provided! The program will be complemented by beautiful views of the northern forest, mountain peaks and frozen lake. Fresh air and speed will create an excellent mood for the rest of the day!
Prospekt Lenina 82, 183036 Murmansk, Russia
Azimut Hotel Murmansk is located in central Murmansk near the Tsentralny Park. The central stadium is within a 5-minute walk. Murmansk Train Station is within a 5-minute walk, and Murmansk International Airport is 32 km away.
Azimut Hotel provides 24-hour front desk and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a tour desk and luggage storage. The rooms are decorated in bright colours and feature a minibar and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The rooms here include blackout curtains. The bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Aurora Village Murmansk Hotel
Karla Marksa 14-2 direction, Murmansk Oblast, Russia, 183038
Aurora Village Murmansk Hotel located in Urochishe and offers a ski pass sales point and ski storage space, a garden and barbecue facilities. The nearest airport is Murmansk Airport and it is about 67 km from the hotel.
Rooms at Aurora Village Murmansk Hotel also offer a lake view Aurora Village Murmansk Hotel provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service, Air condition, Warderobe, WiFi throughout the property, Every units is fitted with a kettle, a private bathroom equipped with a shower & free toiletries.
One can hire ski equipment hire as well as Car for local use. This area is popular for skiing.
Unnamed Road quarter 34, plot 34,28, 183034 Kola, Russia
Eco Home is located in Kola, just 20 minutes from the airport and from the center of Murmansk. Alpine chateau in the Russian North Secluded rest in the forest with comfort. A place where you can breathe easily. A place where the soul gets warm
Among the facilities of Eco Home are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge, free WiFi, free private parking, every room is fitted with a wardrobe, a desk, a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast and will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kola, like hiking.
Prospekt Lenina,11,Kirovsk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia 184250
Severnaya hotel is located in Kirovsk on the main Lenina Prospekt. Hotel surrounded by the beautiful Khibiny Mountains. Apatity Train Station is about 18 km away and Khibiny Airport about 30 km away from the hotel. The Big Vudyavr Entertainment Centre is just a minute’s walk from the Severnaya hotel. Aykuayvenchor Mountain with its ski slopes is about only 1 km away from the hotel.
Severnaya Hotel provides free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour reception. Each hotel room includes a TV, a minibar, a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Congress Hotel Meridian
Ulitsa Vorovskogo, 5/23, Murmansk Oblast, Russia, 183038
Congress Hotel Meridian situated in the centre of Murmansk. Hotel located at favourite part of Murmansk. Each of Meridian Hotel’s rooms are simply furnished. Several rooms have a seating area. A 24-hour front desk is provided by Meridian Congress Hotel. The hotel also offers a shuttle service. Hotel offers rooms with satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi access is available anywhere in the hotel.
A variety of local and international dishes are served at the hotel’s restaurant. The bar at Meridian Congress provides snacks and refreshing beverages
Park Inn by Radisson Poliarnie Zori
Knipovicha Ulitsa 17, 183039 Murmansk, Russia
Park Inn by Radisson Poliarnie Zori is located in central Murmansk with panoramic views of Kola Bay. Murmansk Airport is within a 50-minute drive from the property.
Park Inn by Radisson Poliarnie Zori offers rooms with a work desk, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric kettle with tea and coffee, bathrooms with heated floors, hairdryer and free toiletries. Hotel features a fitness centre with a sauna, plunge pool and spa bath. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
The hotel’s Restaurant serves Russian and European cuisine. It also having a nightclub and 2 bars, where guests can enjoy holidays.
TIRVAS Hotel & Spa
Ulitsa Botanicheskiy Sad, 29,Kirovsk,Murmansk Oblast, Rus.184250
The sanatorium-health complex “Tirvas” is located at the foot of the Khibiny, on the bank of the mountain river Vudyavrchor, which connects two beautiful lakes – Bolshoy and Maly Vudyavr. It is about 2 km from the Kukislunchor skiing complex and about 10-minute drive from Kirovsk. The city is located a 30-minute drive from the Khibiny airport, where flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg run regularly. the unique climate of the foothill forest zone is one of the health-improving factors in the Tirvas sanatorium
Tirvas” is a sanatorium and health complex ready to offer its guests comfortable accommodation, a wide range of medical procedures and many options for active recreation both in winter and in summer. There is a restaurant and a garden, the property includes sauna and massage facilities.
With views of the mountains, rooms have a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. They come with a TV, cable channels and refrigerator. The suites have a balcony. Guests at Spa TIRVAS Hotel & Spa can play billiards or enjoy the spa centre.