Enjoy an introductory driving tour around Murmansk that passes its most renowned memorials, monuments and cultural attractions, pausing for photos along the way.
After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening driving tour through the center of Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Buoyed by a strong fishing industry and increased tourism, Murmansk has recently grown to include a greater diversity of shops restaurants, which are fine additions to existing highlights such as the Palace of Culture.
Stopping for photos, you will learn about the palace being the first cultural institution on Kola Peninsula. Other cultural offerings soon followed, including theaters, museums and concert halls. Still, it’s the memorials and monuments that reveal the history of this area.
You will soon pass one dedicated to Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, two Greek brothers and monks who created the written Slavonic language in the 9th century. Other memorials such as the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land commemorate various military efforts. A towering statue of Alyosha the Warrior overlooking the city dominates the memorial.
There is also a sobering memorial lighthouse monument dedicated to the Russian crew of the “Kursk,” a nuclear submarine that sank in the Barents Sea in 2000, when one of its torpedoes mistakenly exploded. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for the most sweeping view of Kola Bay and Murmansk. Afterwards, you will return to the pier passing the Sports Square along the way.
Please note: There is minimal walking on this tour, mainly at the guests’ discretion during the stops. At the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. Participants may choose to remain on the coach during the stops. 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 an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns 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 will need to cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. Tour sequence may vary.