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Due to the warm North Atlantic drift ocean current, the harbor remains ice-free all the year. The discarded nuclear icebreaker Lenin sleeps in the harbor. A lot of people and school classes come to visit it. Luba was asked by an elderly Russian man to take a photo of him in front of the ship. During the cold war time, Murmansk was the center of the Soviet submarine and icebreaker activities.

These birds

These birds sit in hundreds in the trees around parks, if you're in the center of them it's an amazingly strange surrounding soundscape. Of course Parker did a recording.


Looking again in the other direction, you see the two giant chimneys.

Arctic tracks

View from the bridge over the tracks towards the harbor, in the background you see the Alesha monument, where we stood before.

Pedestrian bridge

View from the pedestrian bridge leading from the train station to the harbor. The weather seems to be changing every minute.

Hotel Arktika

The Hotel "Arktika" in the form of a trefoil is the tallest building in the city and stands at the "Five Corners Square". It stands empty for about five years now, and it was gut from the inside, from the right angle, you can see the light shining through from the other side. A reconstruction is planned to start this year. If you google for the hotel, you still find it in so many databases, wouldn't be surprised if you can even book a room in there somewhere.

This particular smell

We're driving back down to the city center. The air has this particular smell of gasoline and industrial emissions which reminds us a lot of being in Leipzig during winter, shortly after the Berlin wall came down.

Eternal flame

This flame played by the wind next to the monument is powered by gas and burns all day and night.

Hero City

The monument was built in the memory of the defenders of Murmansk during World War II (in Russia also known as the Great Patriotic War), or as it is carved in stone next to it: for the Defenders of the Arctic. Murmansk was one of the cities awarded with the title Hero City, in 1985.

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