Arkhangelsk, Russia Cruise Port, 2019 and 2020 Cruises to Arkhangelsk, Russia | The Cruise Web
 

Arkhangelsk, Russia Cruise Port

As life here has been connected to the sea for centuries, cruising to the port of Arkhangelsk, Russia creates multiple possibilities to study history as well as commerce. With museums galore, places to shop, and restaurants to please every palate, Arkhangelsk – which means “archangel” in English – is indeed a slice of heaven on earth. Established in the latter half of the 16th century, Ivan the Terrible set the city near the Archangel Michael Monastery, thus giving this port city its new name. With 400,000 residents, Arkhangelsk is a cultural and industrial center that counts lumber, oil, and diamonds among its enterprises. Alongside the many museums are historical monuments dating from the Soviet era to the time of Peter the Great, and architecture buffs will thrill to gorgeous wooden Pomor structures. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Arkhangelsk, Russia:
 
  • The Northern Naval Museum lets you explore a love of all things oceanic. Exhibits include whaling and fishing tools, model ships, and maps to excite any cartographer. This is Arkhangelsk's most modern museum, and a ship's prow creates an awe-inspiring centerpiece in the main hall.
     
  • For a break in between museums, try a stroll through a picturesque park. The Naberezhnaya Severnoy Dviny is a great place to mingle with locals, who come here during warmer weather to visit seasonal beer-and-shashlyk tents.
     
  • After spending some time shopping for traditional Russian crafts to bring home as gifts (such as beautiful fabrics and painted wooden carvings), have a bite at any one of the amazing restaurants Arkhangelsk has to offer. A hearty lunch may include fresh seafood, locally brewed beer, and great conversation with the city’s friendly residents.
     
  • Prospekt Chumbarova-Luchinskogo is a charming Arkhangelsk street featuring traditional timber houses in the midst of being restored. Want success on your travels and beyond? Do as many before you have, and rub the street's many statues for good luck.
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