Not only does this tour give you a great overview of the city of Murmansk, it also includes a fun visit to the Murmansk Oceanarium.
Murmansk is an intriguing city and a great place to visit with its unique Arctic nature. Situated above the polar circle, the city lies on the Kola Bay and the only major ice-free port in the European North of Russia open all year-round. 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.
Continuing on, you'll visit the bright-white, gold-domed 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.
After enjoying a tour of the highlights of the city, you will proceed to the Murmansk Oceanarium, which is the only aqua complex in Europe where Arctic seals are trained and studied. The Artic seal represents a unique experimental basis for biologists and scientists. During your time at the Oceanarium, you will be treated to a show by the seals and then have free time at the gift shop.
When your visit comes to an end, you will travel back to the pier through the central part of the city passing by main avenue with its square, Monument to Anti-Hitler coalition and Sport’s Square.
Please note: This tour includes moderate walking and some steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Women are advised to cover their heads when visiting the Orthodox Church. The order of sights visited may vary in order to avoid congestion.