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Zapolarny is a city on Far North, close to Norwegian and Finnish border located in Murmansk Oblast.


The most famous element of the city's Kola Super Deep Borehole. It was a part of scientific project dedicated to drilling to the deepst Earth point. The drilling stopped due to too high temperatures and the whole construction was abandoned in 1992. Although it's mostly famous by different urban legends, the whole project provided many scinatific discoveries as f.ex. finding remains of first plancton and understand our planet's history much better.

Get in[edit]

You can get the city by bus from Murmansk or by car (about 2,5 hours). You can also try to visit it by bus from Kirkenes (Norway). The closest airport's located in Kirkenes (Norway) . It operates internal flights only. Murmansk airport's located about 3 hours from the city.

Get around[edit]

The city's streects are located very regular and it's not hard to get lost there.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Murals. City's blocks of flats have lots of Arctic-themed murals, some of them have other themes f.ex. floral ones. The most characteristic is a library building graffiti.
  • culture house. Place with social-realsit stain glasses. They look nice after dark.
  • Yunost' building. Buliding with characteristic mosaic, currently you can have a pizza here
  • Wooden monastery. Located in Pechenga
  • Kola Super Deep Borehole. The deepest human-made point on Earth, located 14 km from the city.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • There's a Dolphin indoor swimming pool
  • Walk the city's streets in the evening
  • Participate in events in the culture house

Buy[edit][add listing]

There're many small and much bigger shops.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There're many restaurants, as pizzeria in Yunost' building or Russian cuisine ones.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There're only two accommodation objects in the city: hotel Pechenga and hostel Polyarnaya Noch. Both objects have WIFi access.

Stay safe[edit]

Kola Super Deep Borehole's in ruins, visiting it is available with a guide only.


Get out[edit]

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