By far Murmansk’s most memorable sight is a gigantic concrete soldier nicknamed Alyosha. His sheer immensity and curiously placid...
Church of the Saviour on the Waters
Walking anticlockwise from Alyosha will take you along a footpath to this gold-domed church built in 2002 from public donations.
Just below the church, this evocative memorial commemorates lost sailors including the 118 crew of the Kursk nuclear submarine that...
Colourful café the sweet-toothed won’t want to miss, with good coffee and dreamy cakes.
Sip coffee from straws and tuck into prawn salad or bain-marie sangas in this old-school Soviet canteen, complete with red carpeted...
Lonely Planet review
After bidding farewell to Alyosha, walk clockwise around Lake Semyonovskoe to arrive at this little bubble-domed building, home to the cutest seal shows this side of the North Pole. A sweet funfair beside it is a treat in summer and lies splendidly abandoned in winter.