What does a trip from Russia to the North Pole usually start with? Boarding the world’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker “Lenin”, entering the territory of the Russian Nuclear Fleet (great fun), observing the interiors of the icebreaker which will carry you to the destination, photographing neighboring vessels… And finally, the most pleasant part, going out into the open water and admiring amazing views!
All the tourists gather at the appointed time. Their luggage is loaded into the truck and transported to the icebreaker. The tourists go there by bus.
In every city there is a place where people like to come on their wedding day. In Murmansk, this place is the Lenin.
By tradition, a newly-married couple fastens a lock to this fence. Pay attention to the ship in the background. It’s called the Capitan Martyshkin (Captain Monkey).
Girls gladly pose for the photographer.
The Lenin has been in service for 30 years.
Inside, all is decorated with fine woods.
The music room.
Gagarin and other prominent figures of that time sat at this table.
The Master Control Console. The management of the nuclear reactors and all the mechanisms of the ship takes place in this room.
Pay attention to the instruments calibrated to 2 MW!
The icebreaker is equipped with a fine for those times medical office. Coming to far northern cities, its doctors conducted serious operations for the local population.
A dentist’s chair.
A captain’s bridge.
The knobs of each of the three propellers.
A wireless house.
Fuses and capacitors are kept in empty matchboxes glued together.
The “black box” of the icebreaker. Everything was recorded with a reel tape recorder.
These pictures hang on the walls of the icebreaker.
The base of the Russian Nuclear Fleet. The bus is driven into the cell surrounded by a barbed wire fence, and the check of the documents begins.
It takes less than an hour. By the way, the girl in the photo is an interpreter. She has been to the North Pole 40 times.
On the upper deck.
The aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”.
An evening formation. It’s funny that some officers are missing it while chatting on mobile phones behind the booth.
Some old boxes on the upper deck.
As the ship can’t depart from the wharf on its own, it is dragged by two tugs.
The sailors on the nose put away the ropes.