Tourism and recreation
The icebreakers festival
© Pavel Filin

St. Petersburg hosts 3rd Icebreakers Festival

A traditional festival of icebreakers was held in St. Petersburg on May 2 and 3. Visitors to the event, which took place in the Greater Neva area, were offered excursions to view icebreakers from water-taxi boats and even board the massive ships.

The festival featured the following icebreakers: the Mudyug, the Ivan Kruzenshtern, the Kapitan Sorokin and the St. Petersburg, the icebreaker tug Nevskaya Zastava and the legendary Krasin icebreaker museum. Outdoor exhibitions and tents with interactive expositions devoted to icebreakers, shipbuilding and maritime training were deployed on Leitenanta Schmidta Embankment.

The event closed with a "dance" of icebreakers in the Greater Neva and a ceremony showcasing icebreakers leaving their berths.

The icebreakers festival has been held in St. Petersburg for the past three years. The idea was proposed by Ledokol Krasin museum employees. The first festival took place in 2014, the 150th anniversary of Russia's icebreaker fleet, with support from the St. Petersburg City Government's Maritime Council and the Rosmorport company.