Silversea Expedition Cruises To MURMANSK

MURMANSK

The last city founded by the Russian Empire, Murmansk has long been an important ice-free naval and commercial shipping port. The smoke stacks, port cranes, and Soviet-era architecture are unappealing, but the natural surroundings draw visitors to ski and snowmobile in winter, and in summer to fish the thousands of lakes and rivers, and party away the long, light nights.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

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Excursions in MURMANSK

A Taste of Murmansk

Enjoy an overview of the city's highlights and a taste of the local pastry during this half-day tour.


City Highlights

Departing the pier by coach, the first stop is at the Palace of Culture, also known as Kirov's Palace, the site of the city's formation. Proceed to the Memorial to The Defenders of the Polar Region. The central figure of the Memorial is a soldier, pronounced in both size and importance, as it 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.


Memorial Complex

While driving back to the city centre view the new monument of a woman waiting for her beloved sailor to come back and make a stop at the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives in the peaceful time. Complex embodies bright-white, gold-domed Marine Savior-on-waters Orthodox Cathedral, a memorial light-house, Memorial to Kursk submarine disaster and the observation area, which brings into sight the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay. The light-house, though being artificial, is seen from the water area of Kola Bay.


The last stop is at a local café where you will enjoy Russian pancakes served with sour cream and cloudberry jam with tea or coffee.


Please note: There is a moderate amount of walking some uphill involved in this tour, with some 89 steps up and down to negotiate, therefore may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit- ladies are advised to cover their heads with headscarves and men must not wear shorts. The order of sites visited may vary. Transportation in Murmansk is very basic. Please bring local currency for any purchases.

City Views and Arctic Seals

This outing offers not only an overview of Murmansk highlights, but also a visit to the city`s Oceanarium, home to Arctic seals.


City Views

Become acquainted with Murmansk with an engaging city introduction, which first takes you to the city center for a chance to view the Palace of Culture, place of city`s foundation. Re-boarding your coach to visit one of the most iconic landmarks - the memorial to the Defenders of the Polar Region with the central figure of a soldier, great in both size and importance. It is also known as Alyosha.


Your city survey continues with a stop at the Memorial complex to the soldiers and seamen who lost their lives in peaceful time, where you will visit the bright-white, gold-domed Savior-on-waters Orthodox Church and admire views of Murmansk and Kola Bay. On the way to the Complex pause to view one of the city's newer monuments, the "Waiting Woman," a poignant statue of a woman waiting for her beloved sailor to return home from the sea.


Murmansk Oceanarium

Re-boarding the coach proceed to Murmansk Oceanarium, which is the only aqua complex in Europe where Arctic seals are trained and studied. As well as being the focus of extensive scientific research, the seals are important part of rehabilitation therapy for children. A demonstration of their skills during a performance showcases their agility and intelligence.


The tour concludes back at the ship


Please note: There is a moderate amount of walking some uphill involved in this tour, with some steps to negotiate, therefore may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit - ladies are advised to cover their heads with headscarves and men must not wear shorts. The order of sites visited may vary. Transportation in Murmansk is very basic. Please bring local currency for any purchases.

Murmansk and Its Maritime History

This memorable tour features an overview of the main landmarks including visit to the Murmansk Shipping Company museum, dedicated to the history and technology of Arctic Exploration.


Start the tour with a photo stop at place of city`s foundation - Palace of Culture, one of Murmansk's most recognizable buildings. Proceed to the Monument to the Defenders of the Polar Region, 'Alyosha' - a large statue of a lone soldier on the outskirts of Murmansk, overlooking the city.

Memorial Complex

While driving back to the city centre view the new monument to a woman waiting for her sailor beloved to come back and make a stop at the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives in the peaceful time. The ensemble embodies bright-white, gold-domed Marine Savior-on-waters Orthodox Cathedral, memorial light-house, Memorial to Kursk submarine disaster and the observation area opening breathtaking views of the Kola Bay


MSCO Museum

Your next stop is made at the Museum of Murmansk Shipping Company, often abbreviated as MSCO. Located on the top floor of the company's regular offices, the museum was opened in 1977 to introduce to visitors the history of Arctic exploration namely the development of the Northern Passage known in Russia as "The Great Northern Sea Route". See the unique documentary photographs, as well as the portrait gallery of Polar captains, nautical devices, ship's bells, a model of nuclear reactor, etc. One of the highlights of the museum`s exhibits is the unique and impressively realistic diorama "The Great Northern Sea Route Development".


Before returning back to the pier make a stop for shopping in the city centre.


Please note: This tour involves moderate amount of walking with 65 steps to climb to the third floor museum location. It is not recommended for the guests with limited mobility and those who utilize wheelchair. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit - ladies are advised to cover their heads with headscarves and men must not wear shorts. The order of sites visited may vary. Transportation in Murmansk is very basic. Please bring local currency for any purchases.

Murmansk and Museum of Regional Studies

Enjoy an overview of this coastal city and its natural history during this half-day sight-seeing tour.


City Highlights

Departing the pier by coach, the first stop is at the Palace of Culture, also known as Kirov's Palace, site of the city's founding. Proceed to the Memorial to The Defenders of the polar region. 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.


While driving back to the city centre view the new monument to a woman waiting for her sailor beloved to come back and make a stop at the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives in the peaceful time. Complex embodies bright-white, gold-domed Marine Savior-on-waters Orthodox Church, memorial light-house, Memorial to Kursk submarine disaster and the observation area, which brings into sight the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay. The light-house, though being artificial, is perfectly seen from the water area of Kola Bay.


Museum of Regional Studies

A final stop is made at the Museum of Regional Studies which was established in 1926. At the Museum a visit of approximately 60-minutes gives you ample opportunity to visit the exposition that conveys about the discover the nature of the Murmansk Region and its history, going back to ancient times. Re-join your coach for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, most of which will be at the Museum of Regional Studies. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable shoes are suggested. Appropriate conservative dress should be worn for the church visit - ladies are advised to cover their heads. The order of sites visited may vary. Transportation in Murmansk is very basic.

Behind the scenes of the Icebreaker "Lenin"

This shore excursion gives you a unique chance to visit the icebreaker "Lenin", the first nuclear-powered surface vessel in the world and see the original equipment onboard.


Lenin

Enjoy a short 15 minute walk to the marvel of an icebreaker the "Lenin". Like many of the region's feats of technology and construction, the icebreaker ships of the Arctic are built to endure and even improve the conditions of chilly temperatures and icy waters, making trade and transport possible.


Completed in 1959, the ship was built in the USSR to help keep shipping lanes open in the frozen waters of the Arctic. After three decades of service, Lenin was decommissioned and today is a museum. Still aboard is much of its original equipment, including two now-inert nuclear reactors. An approximately one and a half hour visit offers an intriguing look at the construction and service of ships uniquely built for exploration of the Northern see route. Have the chance to tour the bridge and other compartments .

This is followed by a visit of an interactive hall, where you will have an opportunity to find out about the icebreakers, about the arctic nature, take a photo with a digital polar bear. Wath photo- and videomaterials,including an interview with former employees of the Icebreaker. There is an impressive combination of the modern multimedia technologies and captivating atmosphere of a historical vessel. When your visit is over, walk across the pier back to the ship.


Please note: There is an extensive amount of walking with approximately 150 steep steps to negotiate on this tour, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing is recommended. Transportation in Murmansk is very basic. Please bring local currency for any purchases.

Panoramic Murmansk

Explore the highlights of the biggest city beyond the Polar Circle during this scenic and memorable orientation excursion to Murmansk.


Murmansk

Depart the pier for the short drive to Murmansk, located on the Kola Bay coast, not far from the Russian borders with Norway and Finland. Surrounded by tundra, Murmansk is shrouded in darkness during December and January, yet enjoys the midnight sun for a period in the summer months. The biggest city beyond the Polar Circle and largest port on the shores of the Kola Bay with an outlet to the Barents Sea of the Arctic Ocean, Murmansk is the only port in this region to remain ice-free all year-round.


Palace of Culture, Memorials and Monuments

Upon arrival in the city centre, proceed to the Palace of Culture. After a brief photo stop here, your city drive passes by the Regional Scientific Library, Monument to St. Cyril and St. Methodus, and the Monument to the Sister Cities of Murmansk. From here, head to the Memorial to the Defenders of the Polar Region in World War II. Also known by locals as 'Alyosha', it is a large statue of a lone soldier, situated on the hill not far from downtown. A stop here offers breath-taking panoramic views overlooking the city. Afterward, another photo stop is made at a new monument dedicated to a woman waiting for her beloved one to return from sea.


Memorial Complex, Sports Square and Monuments

Your last stop is the 'Saviour on Waters' Memorial Complex, which includes the Orthodox Church, symbolic Lighthouse and Monument to the Kursk Missile Submarine. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the church and an observation area offering spectacular panoramic views of Murmansk and Kola Bay. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier. En route, pass by the Sports Square and Monument to the Anti-Hitler Coalition, which commemorates the common fight of the countries of the Anti-Hitler coalition against fascism during World War II.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 678 yards (about 620 metres), at times over uneven and hilly surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 178 steps at the sites visited. Walking at each venue is at the discretion of each guest; guests may opt to remain on the coach for part-or-all of the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Guests must be at least seven years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.