During their explorations and tours of the MEMORIA NORWAY project, SpringerParker will update the Logbook on a regular basis. It documents their route and events in forms of on location photos and descriptions sent directly via the mobile phone to this website. Clicking at the geographical data to the left of the entries lets you follow their route on the map.

Go here to see the Logbook archive of the previous explorations


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Dolina Slavy

On our way back we stopped at the "Dolina Slavy" (Valley of Heroism) memorial complex for the Russian arctic soldiers, fallen during the awful battles between Russia, Germany and Finland during WWII. It is situated on the 74th km of the route Murmansk - Pechenga. There are huge black stones with engravings copied from private letters and diaries of soldiers, which Luba translated for us. During the next half an hour we kept quite silent in the car, which was not due to our feets feeling like ice blocks.


The cafe and restaurant Leto (engl.: Summer) just deserves an entry here. Apart from the fact that they managed to serve several delicious vegan dishes and soups for Parker during these days, they have an appealing interior design and serve soundscapes of birds and bees in the bathroom. What more do you want?

Pink elephant

Let's just hope he's wearing some warm clothing underneath.

Train station

On our way back, we're passing the trainstation again. Its color might seem very unusual, but every now and then you'll find it around the city. Also very visible, the vests of the workers removing the snow from the walkways and bridges. And there really was a lot of snow coming down during the last hours. The train from Murmansk to Nikel takes 8 hours.

Dressed for success

Before leaving the Zero Mile, we're getting dressed for the worst.


We're sitting inside the building above the waiting hall in the "Zero Mile" restaurant, watching the scenes outside. While we are watching, this is already the second lot of people doing the lock ceremony at the fencing outside. The funny thing was, that if they waited just 5 minutes longer inside the cars, the storm would have been over.


Some of the numerous cranes to load and unload the ships cargo. Again a huge snow cloud arrived and changed the weather within a few minutes. Time to go inside.

Mypmahck Harbour

The sign with the city's name on top of the building with the waiting hall for people planning to travel by ship.

Locks for luck

Attached to the fencing around the piers you'll find hundreds of different kind of locks with engravings on it. If people get married, they come here to put a lock to seal their luck and throw the key into the water.

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