ARKHANGELSK, November 14. /TASS/. Icebreakers will start shuttling tourists to the Solovki Islands, in Russia’s remote north, where the famous Russian Orthodox Solovetsky Monastery is located, this winter, a member of the Arkhangelsk regional tourism association told TASS on Tuesday.
“Tours like these to Solovki can take place once or twice a year when it is possible to use the functioning icebreakers, the Kapitan Yevdokimov and Kapitan Chadayev,” said Sergei Nikulin, who is also the financial director of the Pomor Tour company.
The trips can take three or four days and the vessel can take up to ten passengers onboard.
Svetlana Zenovskaya, a local tourism official, told TASS that the Arkhangelsk Region is already offering icebreaker tours. For instance, the 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker takes visitors to the North Pole and the Franz Josef Land archipelago during the summer.
“We are developing a program for Chinese tourists,” he noted. “This is a one-hour icebreaker trip on the Northern Dvina River. We take them on a short tour of the moored icebreaker, which later sails along the river for an hour and a half.”