People of course spend their days differently, one from another, and for example this man, Russian blogger Gennadiy was invited to spend a day on a Russian atomic icebreaker while it was docked in Murmansk port. He accepted the invitation and took his camera with him so now we all also can share this event with him and see the life inside of the icebreaker. We can see what the crew is eating, meet the captain, so how the work space of the captain looks like etc. Let’s see!
So this is Gennadiy, ex tax inspector, then a business man and now a blogger.
And he finds himself this morning in Murmansk hotel, far to the North of Russia on the shores of the Northern ocean. He said it was pretty “warm” morning for the location just around -1 degrees C, or 30 F.
This is what he got for his breakfast in the hotel.
And meeting other bloggers who were invited to visit the ship. The hotel, the trip all paid by Russian government.
And here are they entering this once top secret and now also very secret object: ROSATOMFLOT or Russian Atomic Fleet direction. “You can’t make photos here without a permission for each shot”, tells Gennadiy, “You can’t make photos of the shore line or the buildings”.
“Rare blogger gets here”, says Gena.
And take a look on this awesome parking lot they got there on the secret object. Because its North and very damp because of the warm gulf stream in the ocean things get like this – its pretty warm – zero degrees near the ocean, but over -25 degrees a few kilometers deep into the content. So this wall is reflecting this weird condition too.
A “Sibir” icebreaker, already commissioned to the shore.
“Looking on it like this you can understand how big those boats are!”, says G.
And this boat “Arctika” was the first to reach the North Pole by the sea.
But their goal is that big red ship – “Yamal”.
And that’s a huge propeller. It’s one of the three installed on this ship.
And this is a Kola gulf of Murmansk – because of the Gulf stream it doesn’t freeze even in harsh polar winters.
Another icebreaking ship.
“Only Russia has got such ships, at least at something we are on the first place in the world”, says Gena.
Murmansk city life is greatly connected to the sea and this is the Murmansk port.
And now they head to this ship – “50th anniversary of the Victory” – he says its the biggest icebreaker in the world – its length is over 160 meters long and it can crush 3 meter thick ice. “You can see how big it is with a city on the background”.
“It stays here on the service now.”
And now going inside.
2007 is the year of it being built. The crew is 108 people.
“I could easily lost there, there are over 1,300 rooms on this ship!”.
And now the lunch – right on the ship in its dining hall.
Here meet the captain he shows the local cuisine – the one that the crew eats.
Rice with something. “They take over 50 tons worth of food for each trip!”
The view from the command post on the night city of Murmansk. Well it’s not night actually, says Genadi, its only around 4pm, but because of the polar night its sort of dark all the way around.
Photography is prohibited, “But we were allowed to take photos!”, says Gena, “However if someone from the crew would like to take the picture he needs to go to the office and get a written permission”.
“I’ll tell you one secret”, says Gena, “This ships is a cruise liner. It takes the tourists to the North Pole”. This is the tourist lounge right above the captain’s command post with awesome views. “The cheapest ticket is 17,000 EUR and the route is very popular among people from China and Europe”.
So the ship has the bars, the disco dancing floor etc.
Also a gym.
And a kitchen.
Here is Gena pretending he is tasting some food.
And then they went on to another icebreaker.
This one , called “LENIN”.
It was the first one and in some detail is pretty unique. It’s the only icebreaking ship that had its nuclear engine replaced for a new one.
And now its a museum. “Pretty cheap”, says Gena, “Only 150 rubles”. Or around 2.5 dollars for a ticket..
Lenin was a must on the table.
The meeting hall and a restaurant – the chairs are wired to the floor.
The command post.
The link center – mostly old time lamp equipment.
And this is a navigation room – with captain and his apprentices drawing routes on paper maps.
And thru this little window one could see the real atomic reactor and engine.
Here how it looked like.
And then Gena got back to his hotel.
Had a dinner.
Made a funny photo.
And that’s it!
We like this, Gena, thanks for the photos and the effort!