The city of Murmansk was founded in 1916. Hence no antiquities. It is considered to be the largest city within the Arctic Circle in the world. The population amounts to 375,000 people. Since most of the Kola Peninsula is within the Arctic Circle, here you can experience both the midnight sun and the northern lights. From late May till late July the sun never sets. From November 29 to January 15 the sun does not peep above the horizon.

Murmansk  and the Barents Sea coast in the vicinity is a major base of the Russian Navy. The museum of the Northern Fleet displays exhibits from the founding of Russia`s Navy by Peter the Great through to the Arctic convoys of WWII and the modern fleet.

Central square

The memorial commemorating the defenders of the city in WWII overlooks much of Murmansk. This gigantic concrete soldier nicknamed Alyosha is Murmansk's most memorable sight.

From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of the harbor dotted with ships at anchor.

The memorial to sailors perished at sea.

Anchor view of the city.

The memorial to submariners who lost their lives at sea at the time of peace. It was built using a fragment of the nuclear powered submarine KURSK that sank in the Barents Sea in August 2000.

Lake Semenovskoe located atop the hill overlooking the city is a scenic place and a recreation area.

In the lakeshore oceanarium one can watch an artistic performance of trained arctic seals all the year round.


For a car traveler the major attractions of the Kola Peninsula, where Murmansk oblast is situated, are undoubtedly unspoiled nature, scenic rough terrain, tundra, forests, numerous lakes, mountains, boulders polished by glaciers of the Ice Age, scenic roads and picturesque landscapes.

We can make a stop in any place we like, set a camp and overnight outdoors. We can take any road leading into wilderness and drive as far as the car can go. Wonderful impressions and marvelous photos are guaranteed.