The Murmansk city located on the Kola Peninsula has a gallant and rich historical past. It is the largest city behind the polar circle. It was born after the First World War and awarded as the rank of Hero-City for their opposition against the German armed forces. It has a population of about 375 thousand persons. Yes! Just 375 thousand people! It is one of the coldest cities of the world but has ice-free ports because of the North Atlantic current that gives its warmth toward the north shore of the Kola Peninsula. This city is filled with statues, museums, and memorials; Each narrating its own fable and Not to forget, Murmansk is popularly famous for Beautiful Northern Lights. People around the world come to Murmansk especially to witness this extraordinary phenomenon.
Murmansk’s Major Attractions
The Northern Lights
“Colourful lights dancing in the sky”. This nature magical phenomenal is truly whimsical. The science behind the creation of these enigmatic northern lights is when gaseous particles from the sun come in contact with the earth’s atmosphere and magnetic poles this magic comes to life. This is also the reason why you will always find northern lights across the sky in areas close to earth poles and Russia geographically covers a vast amount of land over the north pole. There is another information that will surprise you about the northern lights. The colors of the northern lights actually depend on the particular atmospheric gas that combines with the rays emanating from the sun. It is like when oxygen combines with the rays, you will get yellowish-green lights and if nitrogen reacts, you will see purplish-red and many more. This seems really cool, Right! Think about it, when you experience it in reality, you will be completely spellbound.
September, October, November, December, January, February, March and April are the best months of the year for northern lights when you can see breathtaking skylights with green, pink and purple colors.
Little more information, I know it’s being too long to read but I simply cannot resist. You know The Aurora that appears close to the North Pole is called Aurora Borealis, while the one that appears in the South Pole is called Aurora Australis. Interesting, right! The world is full of wonders and this one is surely the best one you will ever experience. People around the world come to Murmansk to witness this greatest phenomenon.
This monument has a 30-meter-tall statue of a soldier sits above the city. It was built in 1974 and one of the biggest war enshrines in Russia. This landmark was built in the honor of the defenders of the Soviet Arctic during the Great Patriotic War.
The Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker
It is the world’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker ship which has served Russia for almost sixty years around the Artic pole. It has now become a museum for excursions especially for people who are passionate about knowing the history. This ship shows great craftsmanship and an exhibition that will hold your attention. The Port view from the ship is just marvelous, So if you’re visiting Murmansk, don’t forget to visit this place.
The Square of Five Corners
It is the heart of the city and earlier it used to call the square of the Soviet Constitution, Later in 1990, It was renamed the Five Corners Square. Its name is associated with Murmansk’s five main streets connecting directly with the square. You can get the vibe of the Russian city life and can experience the celebrations and events that are regularly held in the square.
давайте праздновать людей! ( Let’s celebrate folks), Just adding little Russain to get the exquisite Russian feel.
The Snow village
Vladimir Komyagin ( inspirer, snowmaker and soul of this project) and other like-minded creative people are behind this fascinating project. This is an extraordinary work and all the buildings of the snow made by human hands. Getting the chills! You will find beautiful structures and interesting concepts all made up of snow. Basically everything i ‘SNOW’. This place will give you the Frozen Movie vibe. Winters at its best only at The Snow Village Murmansk.
Explore Saamskaya Village (Lappish village) and Meet Arctic Circle Husky Park
Live like Sami people! Experience their indigenous culture and lifestyle. Their rituals will astonish you and their fauna will excite you. Also, Get a chance to meet Siberian Huskies and their puppies. Do we have to write any further? We are sure you guys have already put that on your places to visit list.
Murmansk’s geography and nature will surprise you, its culture and brave history will make you acknowledge the true meaning of patriotism. Memories of Muranmask will warm you from inside and will definitely make a special place in your heart.