For our trip to Arkhangelsk in the deep of winter, my girlfriend and I made sure that we dressed warmly to keep ourselves from freezing to death.
So what can I best recall from our trip to Arkhangelsk? The date of its foundation (in 1594!), its population (now about 350 000 people)? That it is a major seaport and it’s the center of timber and fishing industries in Russia? Although we didn’t really get to go to the museums and theaters that time for such information. Hehe…
For us Arkhangelsk brings back memories of the frozen Northern Dvina River, huge icebreakers which can be found near the Sea River Station, and snow covered streets and monuments. Although it’s not just all snow there, we also saw a large number of wooden houses which were built by prisoners in the middle of the last century, and thankfully, warm window cafés where we usually went to warm up our frozen fingers.
Some people might think that we didn’t really see anything interesting there and it was just a waste of time but to be honest, we really want to go there again and explore more…although during a much warmer season! :)