Enjoy the views
Murmansk isn't the prettiest city I'v ever seen but if you are in luck weatherwise you will see a splendid view of the port, the icebreakers, the industrial scene... The hill where the Alyosha stands is the best place to take in the views!
One of the most important sea...
One of the most important sea port for Russia - MURMANSK, never freeze in winter. I am using my super optical sensitival digitai camera for this picture to show how the ship moving in and out in winter.
Backpacks may be comfortable, but note that wearing a huge monster on your shoulders you look like a foreigner, a backpacker. So we decided to use suitcases, it looks more ''russian''. Take extremely warm clothing with you (in winter the temperature sometimes falls below -30 degrees).
Just there is a very modern Bowling Centre. There's a possibility to eat something while you are bowling. It's all very new, the bowlingballs have beautiful colours.
And last but not least; every weekend there's a competition. With this one can win a CAR! A real car. That's what local people said to us. The only thing we had to do was get a ticket to deal in this weekendcompetition at the town hall. We didn't manage it.. But I'm sure it was possible to take part in this competion.
An absolutely recommend; visit this bowling centre. You won't regret.
Murmansk known as Romanov-on-Murman at the date of its foundation September 21, 1916 is the centre of Murmansk region and the largest Russian seaport on the Arctic Ocean. The city was named after the Russian Royal Dinasty Romanovs Romanov-on-Murman. The name Murmansk the city got after the Revolution in 1917. Some consider that the word Murman is decsended from "Nurman" (Normann). Peoples of Scandinavia Russians called as "Murmans".
Murmansk's development has started just in the beginning of this century. Before that, the Kola Peninsula was inhabited only by the Skolt Lapps and a few Russian settlers. The main sources of livlihood are fishing, shipping and the navy. This is a great sight to see largely because of the unique Arctic nature. The peninsula is covered by thousands of lakes and dense forests. Here you'll observe the polar day in summer and the polar night in winter.
Murmansk is a strange city in many ways: it is above the polar circle, so endures weeks of total darkness in the winter and enjoys weeks of 24 hour sunshine in the summer. It is above the tree line; the trees peter out a couple of hundred miles to the south. It is above the 10 degree isotherm; that is aline drawn around the arctic where the average June temperature is 10 degrees celsius or less. And last but not least, despite cold winters, the sea doesn't freeze (because of the Gulf Stream). Go in winter, and you can have air temperatures of -16 degrees Celsius, with great clouds of steam coming off the water and hanging over the port area as fog. The people of Murmansk is genarally kindly but very few speak english. Lots of places in the surrounding are military areas and they are not marked. You should not take photographs in such places or in the harbour unless you don´t want to be stopped by the military police.