Murmansk eyed as new Hurtigruten port

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As Norway builds a new fence along its border to Russia, Russian officials in nearby Murmansk are hoping to attract new tourists sailing on Norway’s Hurtigruten passenger and cargo shipping line.

The Barents Observer recently reported how Murmansk has become Russia’s visa-free port for passengers from Norway. The far northern Russian city has a new pier and a passenger terminal under construction.

Russian officials are hoping the popular Hurtigruten line that runs along Norway’s coast will extend its route that now ends in Kirkenes to Murmansk. The Russian city wants to expand its tourism industry, and Hurtigruten would be a natural player.

A Hurtigruten spokesman called Murmansk “a very interesting potential destination.” Read the full story in the Barents Observer. staff