There are a number of cities in Russia and outside Russia that have Murmansk flights. The Russian cities from which you can get a flight to Murmansk are:
- Moscow Sheremetyevo
- Moscow Vnukovo
- St Petersburg
The international cities from which you can fly to Murmansk are:
- Tromso (Norway)
- Helsinki (Sweden)
And, of course, you can get return flights.
Airlines flying to Murmansk are:
- Rossiya Airlines
- Sky Express
- UTair Aviation
Aeroflot do not currently have any scheduled Murmansk flights.
Flights go into Murmansk Airport (IATA code: MMK), which is about 24km from Murmansk city center. Murmansk is actually quite a popular destination, and the airport serves between 250,000 and 300,000 passengers each year. You can book Murmanks flights easily via the normal internet routes, or via your travel agent or airline.
The city of Murmansk is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle, with a population of 336,137. The population is declining, however – it was over 450,000 in the dying days of the Soviet Union.
Murmansk is on the Kola Peninsula. Because it benefits from warm North Atlantic currents, it remains free of ice throughout the year, making it an important Russian port. Nearby Severomorsk is a Russian Navy base.
Despite its size, Murmansk is a relatively new city – it was founded in 1916, and originally called Romanov on the Murman. It has had a turbulent history however – it was occupied by Western forces during the Russian Civil War, and was one of the main links between the Soviet Union and its Allies during World War 2, and many shipping convoys, known as Arctic Convoys, went to Murmansk. It’s importance can be seen in the efforts that the German military went to in their, ultimately failed, attempt to capture the city.
It isn’t really recommended that you holiday in Murmansk – there are few tourist attractions. Instead, most people travel to Murmansk on business.