“If you haven’t seen the Russian North, you haven’t seen the country,” say locals in Russia's northernmost villages. Take a break for a daily routine. Discover the thrills of Aurora Borealis in Russia. Fly to the Arctic to enjoy amazing winter tundra, plenty activities and tours available, as well as delicious Arctic meals. Hunt Northern Lights, trek a husky dogs ride, visit the base of Russian fleet and explore the endless land. The Murmansk Region is located in the northern most territory of Northwest Russia on the Kola Peninsula, above the Polar Circle. However, the climate benefits from the warming influence of the Gulf Stream current. The region covers an area of 144,900 square kilometers and extends 405 km from north to south and 536 km from east to west. The region borders Finland to the west, Norway to the north, and the Republic of Karelia (another region of Northwest Russia) to the south. The total population is 1.6 million people.Sixty-four percent of the population is of working age. The region has 12 cities and 20 small towns Ninety-two percent (92.2%) of the total population llives in cities and towns. The Kola Saami (Lapps), native aboriginal population of about 2,000 people, live in the Lovozerovo and Kola administrative districts. The city of Murmansk is the region's administrative center. Due to the region's proximity to Norway and Finland, Murmansk Airport conducts international flights to several cities in both countries. Murmansk is also the location of a commercial seaport on the Barents Sea, which operates year-round with the assistance of icebreakers. The Murmansk region is rich in natural resources with over 700 minerals, of which 100 were first discovered in this region. The Oblast has 200 deposits of 40 types of minerals, including: apatite-nepheline ore, titanium, rare metals, copper-nickel ores, feldspar, mica, oil and gas.
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