Murmansk Travel Guide

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    Museum of The Northern Fleet
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  • Museum of The Northern Fleet
    Museum of The Northern Fleet
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Murmansk Things to Do

  • Balaenoptera Musculus Linnaeus, 1758

    Balaenoptera Musculus Linnaeus, 1758I dont know whether to call it a tourist spot or not but its there in Murmansk and it made me to stop there and have look at it. Its just a lower jaw of Blue whale caught by fisherman of Murmanskduring 1970.Ohhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its just a lower jaw of the largest animal ever to have existed on the planet....

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  • Museum of The Northern Fleet

    Museum of The Northern FleetThis Museum is unusual of its kind. Its building dont look like Museum at all. Its exterior is really in shabby condition but once I finished its complete tour I was really impressed and I am sure it has got great importance in Russian history as it includes story of Russia's first navy in Arhangelsk. They have included...

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  • Lighthouse

    LighthouseThis is again one of the Important sights in Murmansk. This light house was built in the memory of sailors onboard submarine "Kursk" which sank with its 118 sailors in Barent Sea on 12th August 2000 and that too during peacetime. It was involved in excercise during that time. That tragedy happen due to explosion onboard.And immediate...

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Murmansk Restaurants

  • Great place to stop for a coffee

    Cafe Leto has a comfortable atmosphere and a decent menu and good service. It is centrally located, there is WiFi available, and, as you walk in, it has a tempting display of desserts!There is a full menu so you can eat lunch or an evening meal here and it's not expensive.It is open from 12.00 - 23.00 during the week and till 24.00 on Friday and...

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  • Surprise find in Murmansk!

    This is Murmansk, so provided your expectations are in line with that knowledge, you will be very happy and probably pleasantly surprised, with Fusion. There is a wide variety of food - sushi, American, Russian, even an English breakfast all reasonably priced: main dish about 250 - 400r, this restaurant looks more expensive than it is. Walking in...

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  • Barbecue by the lake

    Around lake Semyonovskoe there are lots of outdoor cafés where you can find grilled meat, georgian style. A guy grills it right in front of you and you can pick out precisely which piece of meat you want! The smell is amazing! Imagine sitting on a plastic chair with a cold beer on the (again plastic) table overlooking a stunning lake. Gnawing on a...

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Murmansk Nightlife

  • by lukeduke Written Sep 7, 2002

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    My favourite place (nice people, veeeery nice girls): Disco in the Hotel Meridian
    Everybody goes there (not only the ''New Russians'').

    Dress Code: Unless you wanna come with shorts (with Murmansk's climate it's unlikely), no problem.

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Murmansk Transportation

  • Train

    Go to Murmansk by train! It's a long ride but it's such a great expirience! Very cheap and quite comfortable. From St-Petersburg 29 hours and 40 hours from/to Moscow. Spend your evening or day looking out the window; the senery is gorgeous! Untouched wilderness of deep green pinetrees and wild white rivers. This is a good way of discovering the...

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  • Walk around

    Murmansk is very accessible on foot. Distances aren't very big so you can easily walk. The polluted air might make it a little less attractive to do so and ofcourse when the weather is bad, you might want to catch a bus or taxi!

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  • a) by plane: direct flights...

    a) by plane: direct flights from many russian cities, flights to Rovaniemi (FIN), and to Kirkenes and Tromsö (N)b) by bus: from Ivalo (FIN) 6 1/2h on partly unsealed roads (Muurmanskekspress Gold Line, tel. 00358 16 334 55 21; see the sloppy machine at the russinan-finnish border on the pic!), or from Kirkenes (N) 5hc) by train: daily connections...

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Murmansk Shopping

  • Vodka

    Walk into any supermarket in Murmansk and you will find a huge range of different vodkas. Which to choose, which to choose... Much cheaper than buying them in Moscow or St-Petersburg!

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  • Fur

    There are many shops in Murmansk where you can buy a warm coat to keep you from freezing to death. Most of them are made of soft leather and/or fur. If you're here during winter, you will most definetly need one! The coats aren't cheap but maybe compared to the prices you would pay for a real fur coat in Europe they are. I have no idea.

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  • Mink or Fox

    It was a city market. What made it so special to me is the fact that the temperature outside was -27C and the only head gear I had was a band. The band was a proud Swiss made-in-Zermat produce but was no match for the Murmansk weather. I thought this is the place to aquire a hat. There was choice - mink, fox, hare etc. I felt so cold and the place...

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Murmansk Local Customs

  • Go to the Murmansk Region...

    Go to the Murmansk Region Museum - ask at the Hotel desk for the way. It may be good to use the electric bus, but you can walk, too. It's about 30 min to walk from Hotel Polyarnie Zory, and you are going through the whole 'City Center'. Unfortunately, all texts in the museum are only in russian, but you can see many interesting exhibits. There are...

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  • Tourists come here not so...

    Tourists come here not so often, so people are quite helpful, not like in Moscow, for example.I recommend to visit Local museum in the end of central Lenin street, Art gallery, and do not forget Navy museum situated on the suburbs on the north of the city in Rosta, it's on the way to Atomic icebreaker base. Not much to see really.Enjoy the...

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Murmansk Warnings and Dangers

  • not much (Moscow, St....

    not much (Moscow, St. Petersburg or New York are much more dangerous). Only small problems, e.g. overpriced taxi, or a drunk man who knocked at our hotel room and said he wants money. But you can still get in serious conflicts with the authorithies. To avoid problems you must have all places you visit on your visa. Always wear the visa and passport...

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  • All people except citizens of...

    All people except citizens of the russian federation and citizens of a few other countries need visa to enter Russia. It's not a problem to get a russian tourist visa, but you need a visa support letter (from the hotel). Without this letter you cannot get the visa. Since 2002 it's mandatory to send the passport in original to the russian embassy,...

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Murmansk Tourist Traps

  • by lukeduke Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Hotels, transportation tickets, taxis and nearly all oher fees have a foreigners and a russian price. So, whenever you can, ask somebody local to buy the tickets for you. You can save up to 70%!!

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Murmansk What to Pack

  • Thinsulate, thinsulate and more...

    It's cold and dark in winter, even for those who live in Russia and think -10 is not all that bad! It was quite humid when I went and the wind didn't help, as well as wandering around outside, visiting Alyosha for example, so bring as much thermal stuff as possible. 3 pairs of normal socks just do not cut it (believe me, I tried!) Lip balm -...

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  • Packing List

    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).

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  • Packing List

    Don't take too much - you are in town. Because we made this tour starting from Norway and we stayed only 4 days (including bus tour), we took only 1 suitcase and 1 little backpack. In winter you have to expect temperatures about -10 until -25 degrees centigrade - that's very cold, folks. Take warm clothes with you, a warm cap with face protection....

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Murmansk Off The Beaten Path

  • Bowling centre

    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...

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  • Hill side

    Gazed from the hill side to the Murmansk City. The light at night was just wonderful. But it was told risk to do so....

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  • if you want to see hell:...

    if you want to see hell: stay in Nikel'! This Nickel mining town is situated 7 km from Norway, but you could be in northeastern Siberia. Over the years the minig operations destroyed the nature over 50km in all directions. If you want to see a horrible example of postcommunist apocalypse, go there. You must organise it in advance, and make the...

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Murmansk Sports & Outdoors

  • by lukeduke Written May 27, 2003

    Every year in april in Murmansk there is held the Festival of The North (in 2004 it will be the 70th issue).
    During 2 weeks there are different competions in all kinds of winter sports.
    Without any doubt for spectators the most interesting competitions are ice swimming (a big whole is cutted into the ice on Semyonovskoye lake) and the reindeer races (at the dolina uyuta sports centre).
    Everybody can participate at the Big Ski Marathon, which attracts a lot of sportsmen even from western europe.

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Murmansk Favorites

  • Murmansk trip

    Murmansk----Getting around tip I have been to Russia before that time it was before joining VT. As everybody knows its non-english speaking country and I didn't knew Russian it was like major obstacle for getting around in Russia. And before reaching there I did asked my friends about major tourist attraction here in Murmansk and they helped sent...

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  • How to organize a trip in Murmansk

    Hi there! Use these guys (http://www.murmantourism.ru/en/companies/company_6844.html), they have english-speaking staff available to help you. Just to warn you a bit, don't be disappointed if there isn't too much to see. There's a huge statue, a church or two that aren't too interesting (one in neighbouring Kola that is kinda interesting). And the...

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  • Best town north from Artic Circle

    Wehn I go to Murmansk I do not go to the best western style hotels, because I prefer a little bit original nostalgic atmosphere of Soviet style colossal Arktika -hotel. Located in city center it is easy to make walking looking older part of town from there.Normally if one wants relax it is better to go summer time if one likes extreme tourism then...

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