The first nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Lenin, moored for permanent lay-up at the quay of the Murmansk Seaport station in 1989. Even though the icebreaker does not serve anymore for the purpose of clearing sea routes of ice, it still remains a unique structure and in 2008 an onboard museum and modern information center was opened for anyone interested in learning more about the nuclear fleet. The excursion program includes an exciting account of the history of the icebreaker nuclear fleet, of the everyday duties of the personnel, and of today’s situation in the branch. A trip to the heart of the ship, its decommissioned nuclear reactor, out of service today, is the culmination of the visit.
Five Corners square
This is the center of the city, for both its business and cultural activities, parades, concerts, festive events and folk street parties. Today the square’s name is incorrect because of the five thoroughfares that used to get into the square only four remain. The name, however, remained and the square is the favorite haunt for locals. In winter the square becomes an exhibition place for ice sculptures, and in summer months it is adorned with unusual flower compositions, cozy parks and public gardens. One of the buildings in the square features Soviet state decorations awarded to hero-city Murmansk—locals still cherish them.
Those who come to the city with their kids have a unique opportunity of visiting the northern-most oceanarium in the world and seeing a show staged with the participation of fauna representatives from Arctic waters: sea dogs, ringed seals, and bearded seals. This fascinating show will touch everyone’s feelings, young or old. The Murmansk Oceanarium is the only complex in Europe where grey seals are trained to participate in the show. This institution does not only serve entertainment purposes, but also provides a base for scientific research in oceanology, animal physiology and animal-assisted therapy (healing through interacting with animals).
The bridge was under construction for over ten years, and until recently it was longest bridge beyond the Polar Circle. 2.5 km long, it is one of the most important transportation corridors of the city providing interconnection with the western areas of the Murmansk Oblast plus starting the road to the neighboring Norway and Finland. Besides, this bridge serves as a place where Murmansk Mile, the annual summer festival, is held which includes a mass athletic race, sport competitions, and exhibition performances.
Theater fans, all those who enjoy exceptional acting and stage performance should not leave the city without seeing the productions of the Murmansk Oblast Drama Theater. Theater repertory includes very different plays, both by classic and modern playwrights. Theater building is also noteworthy: only few people know that the bas-relief on the front was created by the famous sculptor Ernest Neizvestny.
Did you know that Murmansk is the biggest city of Russia and the world (ca. 300 thousand people) located above the Arctic Circle? The city's name comes from the old slavic word "Murman" that means Norwegian. Later the word also referred to the lands on the coast of the Barents Sea. Until 1917 the town was called Romanov-on-Murman, but the Soviet authorities left only half of the name (because Romanov was the name of Russian emperors).
Holiday above the Arctic Circle
The Kola Peninsula is a place with unique nature. In winter it is worth visiting because of the northern lights and in summer because of the polar day. In the Khibiny Mountains skiing is possible almost all year round. In summer guests of the region can go for unforgettable walks and hikes to the tundra. And, of course, you should spend a few days in the capital of the Kola Peninsula and book a hotel in Murmansk.
SMART-hotel in Murmansk
AZIMUT Hotel Murmansk is the first SMART-hotel above the Arctic Circle and the highest hotel building in Murmansk. The rooms offer views of the city, the Kola Bay and the neighboring mountains. The concept is called SMART due to its stylish laconic design and "smart" using of a small space. The hotel offers everything you need for work and rest on the Kola Peninsula, including a free Wi-Fi access hotel-wide.
In the morning you will get a hearty breakfast, in the evening a dinner at the "Arctica" restaurant will be served and during the day you can get light snacks in the hotel's Deli Cafe.
Business trip to the capital of the Arctic
AZIMUT Hotel Murmansk is a leading business hotel in Murmansk, offering guests many nice bonuses. It has a lobby with a mini-library convenient for business meetings, modern conference rooms and banquet halls with multimedia equipment with a place for more than 1,500 people or VIP-apartments with extended space. The hotel event-managers can help you with organization and technical support of different kinds of events, interpretation services and visa processing for the partners from abroad.
In addition, this hotel in the center of Murmansk is a part of a multifunctional business center "Arctica", opened after renovation in September of 2014. In the building there are restaurants, bars, a two-level parking, security and video surveillance devices.
If you wish to reduce your company's travel expenses, follow special offers at our website and book a room with half board in Murmansk.
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