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Murmansk, Russia-port

Discover mysterious Murmansk, above the Arctic Circle with its midnight sun and Polar lights and relatively mild temperatures due to the Gulf Stream. Visit the Alyosha monument standing 116 ft high on a hilltop offering magnificent views of the city. Explore St. Nicholas Church and the nearby lighthouse commemorated to Russian sailors who lost their lives at sea. The Fine Arts Museum is the only one of its kind above the Arctic Circle and features over 3000 works of art. Then browse the shops and markets at The Square of Five Corners. Look for warm fur hats, vodka, tobacco and clothing. Enjoy a gourmet meal or a hot beverage and delicious pastry in a fascinating one-of-a-kind setting.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • City Highlights & Msco Shipping Museum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • City Highlights & the First Nuclear Icebreaker
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Highlights of Murmansk & Museum Visit
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Murmansk & Museum of the Northern Fleet
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Murmansk Highlights & Oceanarium Visit
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Murmansk Highlights & Russian Pancakes
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Panoramic Murmansk
    Light Activity /Walking

City Highlights & Msco Shipping Museum

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: MSK-009

Life in Murmansk has long revolved around the sea and the military, as you will see by touring several memorials and a museum of rare ship-related artifacts.

After departing from the pier, you will begin an enlightening drive through Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Before long, you will pause for photos at the Palace of Culture, the first cultural institution on Kola Peninsula, and then proceed to the somber Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land. Its dominant feature is a towering 5,000-ton statue of a lone soldier that commemorates the Soviet arctic forces that resisted the Nazis in 1941.

Continuing on, you will see a beautiful gold-domed Orthodox church, which together with Lighthouse Monument and Memorial to nuclear submarine Kursk that tragically sunk in the Barents Sea in 2000, form the ensemble of the Memorial Complex dedicated to soldiers and sailors, who lost their lives during peacetime.

Finally, you will visit the nearby Museum of Murmansk Shipping Company, a repository of intriguing artifacts from icebreakers, Russia’s nuclear fleet and shipping tankers. There is also a portrait gallery of polar captains, a model of a nuclear reactor and a collection of micro-model ships, the smallest being just over five inches long. The diorama of seaman unloading ships was created with such detail that it looks absolutely realistic.

After visiting, you will return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 and 3/4 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes a significant number of steps to climb. Additionally, at the Memorial to the Defenders of Kola Land, there is a gently sloping hill to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Women wishing to enter the Orthodox church are recommended to cover their heads. The transportation available in Murmansk is very basic and may include public transportation buses. The tour sequence may vary.