5 Trip to North for a Biology Researchers Village

Trip to North for a Biology Researchers Village

Posted on September 18, 2014 by tim


This is how an abandoned residential district looks in the Russian North. This is not some Far Far North in Siberia but rather a European North, close to Norway (really close, just maybe 50km from the border of Norway) and close to the waters of the Northern Ocean, which seems not to freeze here due to the Gulf-stream. So the blogger Lana went there to take photos and thanks to her efforts we can see those photos here, too. Come inside for a tour of the spooky abandoned village, the former home of scientists who came to the North to study biology during Soviet Times but aren’t there any more. Some people still prefer to remain living there.

They built a village here that was pretty nice looking at the time, and they founded a branch of the Murmansk Maritime Biological Research Institution. That was in the 1930s and it ceased to exist in the early 1990s.

People still live here but not more than a few of them. The institute practically completely ceased to exist except for one lab that surprisingly is still working now, from what Lana says.

Most of the houses are abandoned and deteriorating with time and exposure to the severe Northern clime.

In the bay nearby there is also the remains of an old vessel, with signs of fire on its wooden parts.  

The house in the background is one of the houses that are still inhabited.

This date mark was nailed, literally, with nails in the concrete slab. 

Lots of abandoned boats here and there.

And here is the Research Institution that started all of this village.

Academy of Sciences USSR: Murmansk Maritime Biological Institute.

This thing is on support piles.

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5 Responses to “Trip to North for a Biology Researchers Village”

  1. Tyson says:

    It always amazes me how quickly structures deteriorate when there is no-one living in them. Some very nicely designed buildings all going to waste, Id love to live there and fix up a few of those old houses.

  2. Jacob says:

    Damn that was a nice veiw :)

  3. Ed says:

    It is nice to see how Putin’s empire is dying.
    Probably Crimea will look similarly in 20
    years.

  4. Vijay says:

    Nice set of pictures, thanks for sharing. :)

  5. Barry Kazmer says:

    Wow…the date on this tells me my uncle could have seen this during WWII as he was in the US Navy protecting the Merchant Marine ships delivering material to Russia at Murmansk. He was part of two convoys that had to get by the Nazi Wolf Packs to help Russia at this time.

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