Welcome to Mirny Station
Mirny (meaning ‘peaceful’) was named after the ship commanded by Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev on Bellingshausen’s expedition. Tourists have visited only a few times.
Mirny’s 200m main street was once officially called Ulitsa Lenina (Lenin St). On the morning of August 3, 1960, a fire fanned by 200km/h gusts killed eight and destroyed the station’s meteorology building. The original station was replaced in 1970–71 and now lies under 2m of ice. In front of Mirny lies Komsomolskaya Hill (35m), named for the Young Communist League; beneath that, fronting the often-frozen sea, is a 25m ice cliff known as Pravda Shore.