Theme Week Russia – Murmansk on the Arctic Circle

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K-322 Cachalot, a Russian Northern Fleet AKULA class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway on the surface © US Navy

K-322 Cachalot, a Russian Northern Fleet AKULA class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway on the surface
© US Navy

Murmansk is a port city and the administrative center of Murmansk Oblast, located in the extreme northwest part of Russia, on the Kola Bay, an inlet of the Barents Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, on the northern shore of the Kola Peninsula, close to the Russia’s borders with Norway and Finland. Despite its extreme northern location above the Arctic Circle, Murmansk tends to be nearly the same as any other Russian city of its size, featuring highway and railway access to the rest of Europe, a railway station, and the northernmost trolleybus system on Earth.

During the Cold War Murmansk was a centre of Soviet submarine and icebreaker activity. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the nearby city and naval base of Severomorsk remains the headquarters of the Russian Northern Fleet. The Port of Murmansk remains ice-free year round due to the warm North Atlantic Current and is an important fishing and shipping destination. It is home port to Atomflot, the world’s only fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers. The Port of Murmansk is the headquarters of Sevmorput (Northern Sea Route), and the administration of Russian Arctic maritime transport.

Port of Murmansk © Martin Lie © Separation51/cc-by-sa-3.0 Prospekt Lenin © Martin Lie Apartment buildings above the harbour © Bair175/cc-by-sa-3.0 Murmansk Oblast Theatre © Azalaza/cc-by-sa-3.0 K-322 Cachalot, a Russian Northern Fleet AKULA class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway on the surface © US Navy
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K-322 Cachalot, a Russian Northern Fleet AKULA class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway on the surface © US Navy
Murmansk is home to Murmansk State Technical University, the Murmansk State Pedagogical University and the Murmansk Institute of Humanities. The city also has eighty-six primary schools and fifty-six secondary schools, two boarding schools, and three reform schools. Murmansk has two main (and several small) museums: Murmansk Oblast Museum and Murmansk Oblast Art Museum. There are also three professional theatres, libraries and an aquarium in Murmansk.

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