A TRIP TO TERIBERKA

A trip to Teriberka, small settlement, partially deserted, which is located on the coast of the Barents Sea (125 km from Murmansk). The main highlight of this tour is nature: on the way from Murmansk to Teriberka landscape behind the window will be rapidly and constantly changing, you will see all climatic zones of the Kola Peninsula.

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CITY SIGHSEEING

This tour gives you an opportunity to discover the highlights of Murmansk, a fascinating city with its unique Arctic nature. The town is located on the Kola Bay coast, not far from the Russian borders with Norway and Finland. It is the biggest city in the north to the Arctic Circle with population of 300 000.

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MURMANSK MUSEUM OF REGIONAL STUDIES

Murmansk Museum of Regional Studies is the oldest Museum of the region established in 1926. You will see specimens of flora and fauna in the Museum, you will learn about the unique Arctic nature of the Kola Peninsula and its history since ancient times until nowadays.

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About

LLC «Mintour» briefing note

Our company works in Murmansk since 1962 year. At that time it was a branch of the oldest Soviet, then Russian tour operator, international business company headquartered in Moscow – VAO Intourist.

First Clients of Intourist branch in Murmansk were tourists from Finland, later in 60-s, Norwegians became regular visitors of the Murmansk region.

Over the years of the Intourist-Murmansk existence it provided services for more than 120 thousand of foreign tourists from Scandinavia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Great Britain, USA, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, as well as for about 60 thousand of Russian tourists.

Intourist-Murmansk has been multiply awarded by the Murmansk Region Administration for contribution to the development of incoming tourism in the Murmansk region; it also won an award in the regional competition “Best goods and services of the Murmansk region” and has been noted as “The best Tourist Company”.

Intourist-Murmansk was renamed into “Mintour” in 2009.

Its main priority – providing services for foreign and Russian tourists.

During recent years Murmansk is predominantly visited by the tourists from Asian Countries; China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore etc. Guests are attracted by the northern exotics: polar night, fascinating Northern lights, they are interested in life and culture of indigenous population of the Kola Peninsula – Saami people. Accordingly, hunting for the Northern lights is the centerpiece of the tourist programs in Murmansk, as well as visit of Saami Village in Lovozero area; and such snow activities as riding on husky-dogs sleds, snowmobiles. Snow Village, the unique construction made only of ice and snow in Kirovsk is also popular.

Limited Liability Company «Mintour» is the nominated agent for shore excursions for the tourists of INFLOT WorldWide Tours LTD, therefore operates tours for passengers of cruise liners calling port of Murmansk, capacity of which varies from 100 to 2000 passengers.

From 2013 to 2018 years, 41 cruise ships and about 18 000 passengers were served – these are tourists from USA, Great Britain, Spain, Norway, Germany etc. They attended programs that let them get an insight into local history and culture, try dishes of traditional Russian cuisine, buy original Russian and Arctic souvenirs. Normally, foreign cruise ships call Murmansk after several European countries. Requirements for operating such tours are demanding, so “Mintour” arranges its work so that it meets high-level international standards of service.

Our services

We offer wide range of tourist services in Murmansk and Murmansk region; programs are composed according to the Client’s request to meet individual demands.
Package tours include accommodation, transportation, guide service, meals, entrance to the sites. Below are some of the most popular excursions that we include in our programs.

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Season: July-September
Duration: approximately 6-8 hours

A TRIP TO TERIBERKA

A trip to Teriberka, small settlement, partially deserted, which is located on the coast of the Barents Sea (125 km from Murmansk). The main highlight of this tour is nature: on the way from Murmansk to Teriberka landscape behind the window will be rapidly and constantly changing, you will see all climatic zones of the Kola Peninsula. A forest near Murmansk is soon replaced with forest tundra gradually becoming the bare tundra, with lakes and rocks scattered across. It is impressive that all this change of scenery has occurred within 50 km. Tundra comes from the Finnish word "tunturi", which means woodless, flat area. It is a land of moss and lichen, where the highest tree is the arctic birch, the maximum height if which is appr. 50 cm. The polished rocks - the witnesses of the ice age, fascinating fields of reindeer moss… If you turn several steps off the road during the trip you will feel how your feet smother in the soft moss, how crystal – clear the water in the lakes and rivers of the Kola is, how incredible picturesque the hills around are – in a word – you can enjoy northern nature and you may realize why the local people are so fond of their land. Please note that the road at some places is in a bad condition. Road is partially gravel.

Teriberka
Northerm light

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Season: September-April
Duration: 3-3,5 hours

NORTHERN LIGHTS

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena on the planet. It occurs quite often in the dark sky of the Polar Regions.
We associate the Aurora Borealis with dark winter nights; although this natural phenomenon happens all the time, but it is harder to see it in lighter conditions. Since summer months are dominated by day-round sunlight in the region, seeing the Aurora is impossible during this period. Late autumn, early spring and winter, Polar Nights – is the best period to witness it: the dark sky is often lit up with lambent green, yellow, sometimes red light.
A lot of ancient legends are connected with this mysterious phenomenon. In Norse mythology, the Aurora was a fire bridge to the sky built by the gods. One of the Norwegian legends tells that the spirits of their ancestors could be seen dancing in the flickering Lights. Finnish folklore explains Aurora as a burning river dividing the worlds of dead and alive.
Northern Lights is a very unpredictable phenomenon. The weather conditions on the sun decide whether or not we will see the Aurora, it is caused by the “solar wind”. If the activity of the sun is high, there is a chance to see Aurora.
It’s quite difficult to see the Lights in the city because of the illumination. We will drive away from the city to keep away from the city lights. It’s better to be patient when waiting to see the lights. You may have to wait several hours before finally catching a glimpse.
When you see the Aurora for the first time, you will be amazed at the colored lights shimmering across the night sky. It can last from several minutes to several hours in average.

Please note: We do not guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights. It is natural phenomenon, impossible to predict.

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Season: All round the year
Duration: 7 hours

A TRIP TO THE SAAMI SETTLEMENT

Saami (the Lapps) are small people of the Northern Europe, which numbers approximately 31 thousand. Most of them live in the North of Norway, Sweden and Finland (over 29 thousand). Some of them live in Russia on the Kola Peninsula (1, 9 thousand people). Saami of the Kola Peninsula are an independent ethnographical group, which is named Kola Saami (the Lapps). They lead their life in their own traditional way for a long time, in a continuous struggle with natural powers. Saami were nomadic people (settled now); their main trades are reindeer breeding, fishing, and hunting. In ancient times they lived in settlements - “pogosts”; and some of their small lakeside settlements consisted only of one family.
At the present time most of Saami live in Lovozero, which is situated in the middle of the Peninsula. But now it is an urban-type settlement with multi-storey houses and can not show Saami’s uniqueness and distinctive character. Their way of life has changed a lot, but they try to preserve the culture and traditions solicitously.
We will visit a Saami settlement “Sam-Syit”, which is situated 110 km from Murmansk. It is a small farm, which belongs to one family and is stylized as a Saami village. “Sam-Syit” is an ethnographical open-air Museum, created in order to preserve and revive the traditional Saami’s way of life. A hereditary Saami man will tell about Saami’s life, their traditions. You will have an opportunity to enjoy traditional Saami food.
After 2 hours’ drive you will arrive to “Sam-Syit”. The group will be met on the territory of the settlement on Saami language, the national flag will be hoisted, and the group will be briefly instructed about the safety rules on the territory of the settlement. During the tour:

  • Meals according to the program, with traditional dishes.
  • Excursion on the territory of the settlement.
  • Meeting the Saami fauna: foxes, Arctic foxes, reindeer and other animals. Feeding of the reindeer and photographing.
  • Visit of the ancient spring lake “seven Saami sources”.
  • Traditional Saami games.
  • Buying of the magic amulets. Answering the visitors’ questions, group photographing. Departure for Murmansk.

Tundra

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Season: July-September
Approximately 5 hours

A TRIP TO THE TUNDRA

Tundra comes from the Finnish word "tunturi", which means woodless, flat area. During the trip you will see how the landscape changes in front of your eyes: the trees are becoming lower and lower, less and less vegetation can be seen. In 2 and a half hours later you will find yourself in the tundra - in the land of moss and lichen, where the highest tree is the arctic birch, the maximum height if which is 50 cm.
The polished rocks - the witnesses of the ice age, break-fascinating fields of reindeer moss. If you turn several steps off the road during the trip you will feel how your feet smother in the soft moss, how crystal – clear the water in the lakes and rivers of the Kola is, how incredible picturesque the hills around are – in a word – you can enjoy northern nature and you may realize why the local people are so fond of their land.

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Season: All round the year
Days-off: Monday, Tuesday
Opening hours: On request
Duration: 7 hours

ICEBREKER “LENIN”

You have a unique chance to visit the first Soviet icebreaker "Lenin". It has two records: it is the world’s first nuclear-powered surface vessel and the first civil atomic vessel. It was built in USSR, in Leningrad for serving in the Northern Sea Route, launched in 1959 and went out of operation only in 1989.
At that time "Lenin" was considered a marvel of craftsmanship, in the course of its construction absolutely innovative engineering solutions were used.
During the years of operation "Lenin" helped 3000 ships to go through the ice. It slided on to the ice and broke it by its weight. "Lenin" could break the ice up to 2 meters.
Now it serves as a Museum, where you will have an opportunity to learn amazing facts about this unique vessel.
During the guided tour to several departments of the Icebreaker you will see the original equipment. The reactors are still on board, but there is no fuel in it. Thus your staying will be totally safe. You can try yourself in the role of captain while standing on the captain's bridge.

Please note: This tour includes strenuous walking; a lot of steps, narrow and steep ladders to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability.

Tundra

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Season: All round the year
Duration: 1 – 1,5 hours
Days-off: Saturday, Sunday
Opening hours: 09:00 — 17:00

MUSEUM OF MURMANSK SHIPPING COMPANY

Museum of Murmansk Shipping Company, often abbreviated to MSCO, is located on the top floor of the company's regular offices, in the city center. The Museum was opened in 1977 to introduce visitors to the history of Arctic exploration, particularly the development of the Northern Passage, known in Russia as “The Great Northern Sea Route”, history of the icebreaker and transport fleet, tanker fleet.
You will see the unique documentary photographs in the Museum, as well as the portrait gallery of Polar captains, nautical devices, ship's bells and a model of nuclear reactor from the Icebreaker “Lenin, etc.
You will learn about the people and technology that have made exploration of the extreme north possible. Truly fascinating is the unique collection of micro models of the ships.
A highlight of the Museum’s exhibits is the unique and impressively realistic diorama, “The Great Northern Sea Route Development” – the vessel being discharged, figures of seamen on the shore, ice, the Arctic Lights and everything else represented there seem to be perfectly real.
The major part of the exposition tells about the participation of the Shipping Company's seamen in the Arctic convoys.

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Season: All round the year
Duration: 1 – 1,5 hours Days-off: Monday, Tuesday
Opening hours: 11.00, 15.00, 17.00

PERFORMANCE WITH ARCTIC SEALS

A floating complex keeping various species of the Arctic seal was created on Lake Semenovskoe in 1992. This is the only aqua complex in Europe where Arctic seals are trained and studied. The main aims of the Oceanarium are studying Arctic animas and raising of the general public's level of ecological awareness.
As well as being the focus of extensive scientific research, the seals are an important part of rehabilitation therapy for children. Performances with Arctic seals, arousing great interest for children and for adults, are organized three times a day. This kind of Oceanariums's activity is available for visitors.
During your visit to Oceanarium you will enjoy a show with Arctic seals, sea hares, fur seals. A demonstration of their skills during a performance will showcase their agility and intelligence.
After the show you can take a photograph with the supermodel – sea-hare named Dik and purchase souvenirs with the logo of Oceanarium.

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CITY SIGHSEEING

This tour gives you an opportunity to discover the highlights of Murmansk, a fascinating city with its unique Arctic nature. The town is located on the Kola Bay coast, not far from the Russian borders with Norway and Finland. It is the biggest city in the north to the Arctic Circle with population of 300 000. Murmansk has the largest port on the shores of the Arctic Ocean and the only port to remain ice-free all year round.
Travelling by car/coach, your tour first travels for a short photo stop to the Palace of Culture named after S. Kirov; place of foundation the city, which is followed by the visit of the Memorial to the Defenders of Polar region in World War II. Also known by the local people as Alyosha, it is a large statue of a lone soldier, situated on the hill not far from downtown. A stop here allows you to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
After that, you will move to a new monument dedicated to a woman waiting for her sailing beloved one to come back.
Then you visit the Memorial Complex Saviour-on-Waters (“Spas na Vodakh”), which includes Orthodox Church, symbolic lighthouse, a monument to “Kursk,” a nuclear missile submarine that sank in the Barents Sea in 2000, when one of its torpedoes mistakenly exploded and an observation area, which brings into sight the most spectacular parts of Murmansk and Kola Bay.
Following this visit you will drive by the Sports Square and the Monument to the Anti-Hitler coalition, which commemorates the common fight of the countries of the Anti-Hitler coalition against fascism in the World War II.

Please note: Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Conservative dress should be worn for the church visit; ladies are advised to cover their head.

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Season: All round the year
Duration: 1 – 1,5 hours Days-off: Thursday, Friday
Opening hours: 11.00-18.00

MURMANSK MUSEUM OF REGIONAL STUDIES

Murmansk Museum of Regional Studies is the oldest Museum of the region established in 1926. You will see specimens of flora and fauna in the Museum, you will learn about the unique Arctic nature of the Kola Peninsula and its history since ancient times until nowadays.
The geological department has a collection of objects gathered during expeditions over many years of investigation. Of special interest are specimens of minerals and raw materials. The region is very rich in minerals, about 900 kinds of them were found here. Some deposits are unique – about 200 minerals can be found nowhere else in the world.
Also, you will learn about forest and tundra nature zones and its inhabitants.
Especially noteworthy are dry aquarium representing life of the Barents Sea, simulated Aurora Borealis.
One of the departments tells about Saami (or Lapps), indigenous population of the Peninsula, which have lived here for more than a thousand years. They were occupied mainly with reindeer breeding and fishing. For a long time their life has been a permanent struggle with natural powers in the severe northern conditions. You will learn about their culture, traditions, religious beliefs, and way of life.
Then, you will learn about Pomory people – first Russian settlers in the region, who brought Russian culture, architecture, religion to the Kola Peninsula. Of special interest are the replicas of ancient wooden churches.
Then, over a series of interesting displays, you will learn about the foundation of the city, Civil War, development of the region in 1920-30s, the city’s role in World War II.

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Knipovicha street, 17
Murmansk 183039, Russia
P: (8152) 454385, (8152) 454386

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