11 Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Posted on February 15, 2011 by team


Welcome to Murmansk – one of the major Russian seaports and the world’s biggest city situated north of the Arctic circle.

The city occupies about 20 km along Kola bay and almost the whole coastline makes the entire port.

This is the first ice-resistant oil rig. It is really unique as it is going to work in extreme Arctic conditions.

The rig is 114 meters high and 120 meters wide (like a soccer playing field). It weighs more than 110 000 tons.

One can judge the scale by people looking like ants.

Single Russian Army heavy cruiser in its category.

Memorial complex dedicated to the Soviet Union defenders during World War II.

Murmansk was repeatedly attacked by Hitler’s army consisting of 150 000 soldiers which counted to seize it in several days.

German army made two attempts to seize the city but both of them failed.

In the result of bombing about 3/4 of the city was destroyed.

Some vessels with waste nuclear fuel, once used for charging nuclear-powered icebrakers, still stay in the port. Utilization of one costs about 40 million euro.

Murmansk port consists of three parts: fish, trade and passenger. The trade part expands fast because of increasing export of coal. The city little by little drowns in coal dust and all the snow becomes grey.

Seaport.

4-lane bridge is the longest one located north to the Arctic circle.

Seaport buildings.

Nuclear-powered icebraker “Lenin” is parked forever by the seaport buildings.

Nuclear-powered icebreaker “Lenin” was the first surface vessel with nuclear engine unit. It served to these icy places for 30 years and in 1989 was put out of operation.

One may see that coal is now being loaded.

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11 Responses to “Severe Arctic Murmansk”

  1. w says:

    Murmansk now in Yandex street view!

  2. George Johnson says:

    Probably a nice place, is you like the land of cold and snow and ice.

  3. Musa says:

    Nothing stops Russians. I like that WWII memorial, very nice, thanks.

  4. testicules says:

    Looks pretty dreary.

  5. midi says:

    white balance is a trap

  6. Explosive ejaculation says:

    I would love to visit the city someday. I hear there is a seasonal overseas voyage from Churchill Manitoba to Murmansk.

  7. Mahmoud A. says:

    I love the statue of the soldier standing watch over the city. I am glad he is wearing a cape because he can pull it closed in front to keep the cold winter wind from blowing onto his testicles.

  8. Cory says:

    Beautiful place with a lot of history. Definitely a place I’d visit (in the Summer haha).

  9. Chris says:

    Coooooooooool!!!! (coooooooooooooooolD!)

  10. Alexander Bogovski says:

    Great photos, but I think that is Navy carrier (Admiral Kuznetzov?), not cruiser.

  11. vladimir says:

    I miss my mother land so much i cant hold my tears thinking, dreaming and eating my sadness for my beloved Russia, great photos from a great country with the most beautiful people.

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