This tour gives you the opportunity to discover the highlights of Murmansk, a unique and fascinating city located in the extreme Northwestern part of Russia.
Murmansk is an intriguing city and a great place to visit with its unique Arctic nature. Situated above the polar circle, the town lies on the Kola Bay, not far from Russia's borders with Norway and Finland. Surrounded by tundra, Murmansk is shrouded in darkness during December and January, yet enjoys the Midnight sun for a period in the summer months.
Travelling by coach, your tour leaves from the pier and first travels to the Palace of Culture, named after S. Kirov, before continuing on to the Memorial of The Defenders of Kola Land. The central figure of the Memorial is a soldier, great in both size and importance, stands on a 23-foot pedestal with a gun over his shoulder. Also known as Alyosha, the warrior appears calm and strong as his eyes are fixed on the west, where enemies invaded during World War II. A stop here allows you to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
From here, you will travel to the city center. En route you will stop for a visit at the Orthodox Church, which together with the nearby Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to the Kursk submarine disaster, is part of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.
A final stop is made at the Museum of Regional Studies which was established in 1926. The Museum exposition gives you ample opportunity to discover the nature of the Murmansk Region and its history, going back to ancient times.
Following your Museum visit, you will re-join your coach for the transfer back to the pier. En-route you will see the Sport's square and Monument to the Anti-Hitler coalition.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing that includes a significant number of steps to climb. Additionally, at the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be considered appropriate for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Women wishing to enter the Orthodox church must cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. The tour sequence may vary.