Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

One can judge the scale by people looking like ants.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Single Russian Army heavy cruiser in its category.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Seaport.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Seaport buildings.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

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.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

Severe Arctic Murmansk

One may see that coal is now being loaded.

Severe Arctic Murmansk

11 thoughts on “Severe Arctic Murmansk”

  1. 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.

  2. 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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