Murmansk is a port city of Russia whose name refers to the land of the seashore. This city is the capital of Oblast of Murmansk and is located at the extreme northwest of the country, about 1486 km from Moscow.
City of Murmansk in the year 1936. (wikipedia.org)
It is a port with a very interesting history for Russia, it remains ice-free all year round due to the warm marine current that comes from the North Atlantic. In spite of the strong frosts that can be in the place, in winter it is -16 ° C approximately, but this temperature has come down to -49 ° C.
What can you appreciate in the city of Murmansk?
1 Natural light 24 hours a day in summer
Coming to Murmansk during the summer is a spectacle, the temperature reaches about 15 ° C and you can appreciate the midnight sun, a sun that gives its splendor the 24 hours of the day during these dates. The landscaping is unique so do not forget to come with your camera.
2 Enjoy the Fiesta del Norte
And although the sun is not seen during the month of December at any time, it is tradition to create a sports field in February to celebrate the end of the harsh winter. It is known as the Festival of the North, where the aboriginal natives of the Kola peninsula, who are known as the Sami, arrive. They also come from Norway, Finland and Russia.
It is quite a show to appreciate or compete in the sleigh races pulled by reindeer. In addition, you can also practice triathlon (for the bravest), skiing and ice skating. You can delight in the dance and music of these aborigines and even bring you crafts and clothing created by them.
3 History to remember the Second World War
The city of Murmansk was used to supply the former Soviet Union during World War II. Today it is recognized as the place with the largest civil and military nuclear reactors. This reality has made monuments and museums that can only be appreciated in this city. The Alyosha monument is a statue of 90 meters high that symbolizes the Soviet soldier who resisted the Nazi invasion in that place.
You can also appreciate several museums such as the Naval Museum of the Northern Fleet related to the history of the development of nuclear submarines, naval aviation and surface ships. Another is the Museum of History of the Shipping Company with photographs of the Arctic nature, models of nuclear reactors, ships and marine equipment.
Travel to Russia and come and meet the city of Murmansk, a city that for many years was closed to civilians during its military occupation and that today enjoys the arrival of new tourists.