Why You Should Visit Murmansk
The city of Murmansk, situated in the north of Russia alongside Kola Bay, is famous for being the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Many visitors flock to the city to see its iconic Alyosha Statue, a 30-meter tall statue also known as the Defenders of the Soviet Arctic built to commemorate soldiers during World War II. The city has an interesting past as a leading port in the region and is home to a number of fascinating museums such as the Northern Navy Museum and the Regional History Museum. Another interesting attraction in the city is the Nuclear Icebreaker Lenin ship – this vessel was the world’s first ship ever powered by nuclear energy and has now been converted into a museum. If you plan on venturing outside of the city there are many exciting outdoor opportunities such as fishing and camping as well as taking in the breathtaking natural scenery of the national parks in the region.
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Arriving In Murmansk
Murmansk Airport is situated around 25 km away from the city of Murmansk and primarily handles domestic flights around Russia. The airport itself is relatively small but still provides all of the essential facilities and services travelers would need. Once you have touched down at the airport, the most convenient way to get to your destination is to arrange a taxi, although there are public buses available if you are on a budget. Inside the airport there are a couple of places to eat and drink and you can also find shops to pick up any travel essentials you need.
If you are looking to travel from the UAE to Murmansk it will not be possible to make the journey nonstop as there are no direct flights available. However, the airport does have regular connections to Moscow which would enable UAE-based travelers to make the journey with only one transfer.
Murmansk Travel Information
As a UAE national looking to travel to Russia, you’ll have to apply for a visa first before making the trip. In Murmansk the weather is extremely cold for the majority of the year, although over the summer temperatures can warm up somewhat with average highs of around 60 degrees between July and August.
* This information is correct as of November 2017
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