Must-see attractions in Kola Peninsula

  • Ice Bathers' Hut


    Home to Murmansk's ‘walruses’ – hardy souls who swear by the health benefits of regularly bathing in icy waters – this wooden hut on the edge of Lake…

  • Nuclear icebreaker Lenin in the port of Murmansk in winter.

    Nuclear Icebreaker Lenin


    Murmansk is a centre for nuclear icebreakers that carve their way to the North Pole, but even in port you can give in to your wildest seafaring–Arctic…

  • Ruins of abandoned railway station in Kirovsk, Russia.

    Abandonded Soviet Train Station

    Kola Peninsula

    This colossal Soviet-era train station stands abandoned and half-forgotten amid the harsh Arctic landscape. The two-platform station, which once took…

  • Snow Village, Kirovsk, Russia.

    Snow Village

    Kola Peninsula

    Every November, ice sculptors from all over the region make their way to Kirovsk to chisel the snowy halls and tunnels of the Snow Village into existence,…

  • Aerial view of city monument Defenders of Soviet Arctic Alyosha.



    One of Murmansk’s most memorable sights is a gigantic concrete soldier nicknamed Alyosha, erected to commemorate the Arctic fighters who perished in the…

  • Sami History & Culture Museum

    Kola Peninsula

    This excellent museum delves into the Sami people's troubled history and their way of life, which continues to be threatened. It also celebrates the…

  • Mineralogy Museum

    Kola Peninsula

    This museum has over 900 types of minerals and ores, many of them rare and unique. Entry is by an appointment made in advance; friendly academics speak…

  • Regional Studies Museum


    Comprehensive exhibits at Murmansk's oldest museum include one on Sami culture and handicrafts, a vast natural-history section with all manner of…

  • Museum of the Northern Fleet


    The mass of exhibits inside this crumbling turquoise anchor-flanked building covers everything from the founding of Russia’s first navy in Arkhangelsk, to…

  • Polar-Alpine Botanical Gardens

    Kola Peninsula

    Russia’s vast, northernmost botanical gardens and its special hothouses nurturing tropical plants can only be accessed on one of three tours offered daily…

  • Fine Arts Museum


    The 1927 Fine Arts Museum hosts temporary exhibitions that range from female nude photography and Kanozero petroglyphs to severe Arctic landscape painting.

  • Culture Palace

    Kola Peninsula

    Everything from classical concerts to Miss Kirovsk pageants are held in this impressive, becolumned, lemon-yellow building.

  • Church of the Saviour on the Waters


    This gold-domed church, built in 2002 from public donations, is part of a memorial complex dedicated to the memory of Murmansk's seamen who perished in…

  • British Naval Cemetery


    In 1919 the British navy assisted the White Russians against the Reds – Winston Churchill, war secretary at the time, wanted to see if the Bolsheviks…

  • Monument To Semyon The Cat


    This bronze monument to a fat little cat carrying all his worldly possessions in a knapsack was unveiled in 2013 in honour of an act of incredible feline…

  • Geological Museum

    Kola Peninsula

    Features ores, rocks and minerals of the Kola Peninsula; it's best to arrange a guided tour in advance. Labelled mineral fragments are sold here as…

  • North-Russian Exploration Museum

    Kola Peninsula

    Showcases the settlement of the Kola peninsula, the history of science in the region and the culture of Kola's indigenous population – the Sami.

  • Lovozero Cultural Centre

    Kola Peninsula

    In a building that resembles an oversized chumy (tepee-shaped tent), this Sami cultural centre hosts occasional exhibitions.

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