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    Anyone familiar with Murmansk?

    So, I'm off to the chilly north for 10 days at the end of this week and wouldn't mind meeting or chatting with some English speakers about the city. Be good to get a feel for the place and find out what's best to see and do.

    Anyone based there let me know!

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    Murmansk (former Nikolaevsk-na-Murmane) is relatively new city, built in the beginning of 20th century, and later on during USSR times as main (military) seaport and initial base for Sevmorput (Arctic Ocean Way of transportation to NE areas of USSR/RF)) and North Navy.

    So main monuments and sightseengs there are connected with Arctic polar explorers and Navy officers/ marines/ commercial seamen who made a great contribution into "opening" and defense of our Arctic pathways.

    http://www.komandirovka.ru/dostoprim/list.php?ID=1293 - here is a short list of them in komandirovka.ru portal

    http://www.murmantourism.ru/sights - Murmansk area sightseeng (mostly natural surrounding ones, but including the city's list above).

    As it is a seaport, I think there should be enough foreign seamen in the pubs/restaurants there

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    I was sent on an EU-funded delegation to Murmansk two years ago, and we were shown all over the town. As the only Russian-speaker in the group, my face got plastered all over local tv for a while.

    It's not an attractive place. But due to the horrible climate and depressing darkness, they've tried to build-up as many pleasant facilities as possible within the city, and there's been a lot of large-scale recent investment. There's a clutch of brand-new 4* and 5* hotels, mostly excellent.

    It's primarily a business and shipping centre - there is painfully little to do in the sphere of tourism and recreation. There is a nice Botanical Garden. But since the EU twits were in charge of our trip, they took us there in 100% darkness

    If you are at a loose end, there is a local excursion to Lovozero - a Sami village where there are still some traces (not very obvious ones!) of the original native Sami culture that was there before the Russian settlers arrived. Outside Lovozero there is a kind of hokum tourist centre where you can have lunch in a choom (wigwam) and go for a ride on a sleigh drawn by reindeer.

    Avoid the dolphinarium - unless you enjoy cruelty to animals Really disgusting and shameful.

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    Went there a couple of years ago. http://elementmoscow.ru/main.php?article=1446 was written by one of our party. And the leopard-print was truly eye-opening!

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    As a tourist destination, what about the Gulag Museum

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    If you're interested in ships,take a walk to the ship graveyard...It's a real eye opener... Best thing about it is what's written high up on the hill over looking the graveyard..It's also free,bit of a long walk from the centre, but a walk along the path(shipyard) and railway track is breathtaking..
    After spending some time looking at the ships walk up the steps towards the flats on the hill(best during the day),here catch the bus to the centre, takes you around Murmansk the cheap way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    If you're interested in ships,take a walk to the ship graveyard...
    6 photos

    The Russian battleship, Murmansk, didn't fare much better


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    There are less ships there now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by andymackem View Post
    Went there a couple of years ago. http://elementmoscow.ru/main.php?article=1446 was written by one of our party. And the leopard-print was truly eye-opening!
    I'd replace this: the easiest route to the frozen north is via the Skyexpress budget routes out of Vnukovo - it is too simple for people trying to convince your peers that you’re hardcore - with "Arktika" train (Moscow Leningradsky - SPb - Petrozavodsk - Kem' - Kandalaksha - Apatity - Murmansk, 36 hours, platzkart)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    There are fewer ships there now...
    Makes sense. Steel salvage is a big business.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    There are fewer ships there now...

    How about UFOs ? Did you see any UFOs in Murmansk




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    Quote Originally Posted by FatAndy View Post
    "Arktika" train (Moscow Leningradsky - SPb - Petrozavodsk - Kem' - Kandalaksha - Apatity - Murmansk, 36 hours, platzkart)
    The best and only way to travel inside Russia..

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertmf View Post
    Makes sense. Steel salvage is a big business.

    There's not much else to do up there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    The best and only way to travel inside Russia..
    Vocabulary: masochist (masokist)

    someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment.


    mas·och·ism (ms-kzm)
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    2. The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from being humiliated or mistreated, either by another or by oneself.

    3. A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge View Post
    The best and only way to travel inside Russia..
    And it goes at very convenient schedule - departs 1 AM, so you may either lie down and sleep in СВ or drink all night long in platzkart with occassional people going to SPb. Then sleep a bit, recover from hangover, make some nice photos while going through Karelia and White Sea coast, then make some night pics of Imandra lake from the train and... again start to drink with another occassional people going from SPb or Petrozavodsk to Murmansk, and arrive there at noon, suffering of healthy hangover

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