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Murmansk in December on our own?

Bhagalpur, India
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Murmansk in December on our own?

We are trying to plan a winter trip to the north.

We live in Indian plains and are not used to anything below 3-4 degrees at the lowest.

We will be in Moscow-> St. petersberg -> Sortavala -> Petrozavodsk -> Kirovsk -> Murmansk.

Today I was reading of the temperature and the day length in December and was shocked to see 0 day length :D

Now that has scared me a bit about the idea of going their on our own.

I have never seen the northern lights and would be a very old bucketlist item checked.

of course the sledge and other snow fun.

But is it doable on our own in a city with 0 daylength?

any ideas will be highly welcome. Thanks in advance.

Moscow, Russia
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1. Re: Murmansk in December on our own?

> is it doable on our own in a city with 0 daylength?

It's not pitch dark, it's a sort of twilight. If you ever go out on your own by night in India, I can't see why you wouldn't be able to handle "polar twilight".

"The polar shortest day is not totally dark everywhere inside the polar circle, but only in places within about 5.5° of the poles, and only when the moon is well below the horizon. Regions located at the inner border of the polar circles experience polar twilight instead of polar night. In fact, polar regions typically get more twilight throughout the year than equatorial regions".

"During civil twilight, there may still be enough light for normal outdoor activities because of light scattering by the upper atmosphere and refraction".


Moscow, Russia
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2. Re: Murmansk in December on our own?

Actually it is not completely dark, also streets are well-lit. Also, long night increases your chance to see Nothern Lights...

Bhagalpur, India
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3. Re: Murmansk in December on our own?

Ok cool. Thanks for the replies.

Keeps murmansk in my schedule..

Moscow, Russia
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4. Re: Murmansk in December on our own?

It's not the best time to go to kola peninsula. It's almost always dark and depressing. Sun is just for couple of hours and then dark as in the night.most people go there in February March to enjoy nature and activities.

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5. Re: Murmansk in December on our own?

btw. you could have a look at local groups on VKontakte. May be interesting to you, even if just for the pictures. Some guys take beautiful photos of the city, of the Khibiny, of northern lights and other gems of Kola.

main Murmansk group:


photos on profiles like this one


and much more.

if you have enough time it's worth to experience a little bit of the Pomor tiny villages, on the road along White Sea after Kandalaksha, and then Varzuga, where also stands a beautiful big wooden church of a late medieval Solovki settlement.

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