First Arctic tourist route available in St. Petersburg
© RIA Novosti. Evgeny Biyatov

First Arctic tourist route available in St. Petersburg

The first Arctic tourist route on offer in St. Petersburg begins at the Monument to All Polar Explorers on 38 Bering Street. 

“The new route has been created within the framework of the Arctic tourism development project in St. Petersburg.  In all, there will be five themed routes of the Arctic St. Petersburg cycle,” reads a press release of the city Committee for Tourism Development.

The first route gets underway from the Monument to All Polar Explorers to the family grave of the Vilkitskys at the Smolenskoye Lutheran Cemetery, the Naval History Museum at the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy, and the icebreaker Krasin.

“The history of St. Petersburg is closely interlinked with the development of the Arctic. This connection provided the basis for creating travel routes, which are expected to attract children, students, families and individual tourists. <...> This presents an opportunity for St. Petersburg to become a national and international tourist hub and a starting point for Arctic travel,” said Sergei Korneyev, head of the Committee for Tourism Development.

Other routes will be devoted to Arctic explorers, the war in the Arctic, St. Petersburg as the center of Arctic shipbuilding, and Kronstadt as the cradle of Arctic expeditions.