Murmansk is a strange city in many ways:
it is above the polar circle, so endures weeks of total darkness
in the winter and enjoys weeks of 24 hour sunshine in the summer.
It is above the tree line; the trees peter out a couple of hundred
miles to the south. It is above the 10 degree isotherm; that is
a line drawn around the arctic where the average June temperature
is 10 degrees celsius or less. And last but not least, despite cold
winters, the sea doesn't freeze (because of the Gulf Stream). Go
in winter, and you can have air temperatures of -16 degrees Celsius,
with great clouds of steam coming off the water and hanging over
the port area as fog. The people of Murmansk is genarally kindly
but very few speak english. Lots of places in the surrounding are
military areas and they are not marked. You should not take photographs
in such places or in the harbour unless you don?t want to be stopped
by the military police.