Located almost due north of Saint Petersburg, behind the Northern Polar circle Murmansk is the largest city within the Arctic Circle. The city is often called «the Arctic gates», as the city is the starting point of the Northern Seaway and the base of the icebreaking fleet. Murmansk was founded in 1916 with British assistance during World War I. It is the largest seaport, which is free of ice throughout the years, and the most important base of the fishing industry in Russia. Shipbuilding and repairing of vessels is the main part of the Murmansk industry. The city is an important scientific and cultural center of the region. Every year Murmansk is getting more and more popular as the center of international tourism. Excursions to the giant ships, the Northern Lights in November and December, beautiful northern nature and exotic animals as well as cruises across the northern seas guarantee an unforgettable trip.

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