The first Arctic-themed tour route opens in St. Petersburg

26 February 2021

On Thursday, February 25, the first official Arctic-themed tour route was opened in St. Petersburg. The official ceremony took place at the starting point of the route - at the monument to the pioneers and explorers of the Arctic at Beringa st., 38, where the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute is located. Sergey Korneev, the Chairman of the St. Petersburg Committee on the Development of tourism and German Shirokov, the Chairman of the Arctic Affairs Committee, made the opening addresses.

The route "How the Arctic was explored" was created and opened as part of a project to develop Arctic tourism in St. Petersburg. In total, five such tourist routes are going tobe createdto form the "Arctic Petersburg"cycle. German Shirokov elaborates on the project:

“Today we are launching the first excursion of the Arctic cycle. It is dedicated to the places of Vasilievsky Island, related to the Arctic exploration. The second excursion will be dedicated to the heroes, the conquerors of the Arctic. The theme of the third excursion is the war in the Arctic. It is very relevant in light of the 75th anniversary of the Victory, celebrated last year, as well as the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Arctic convoy "Dervish" to Arkhangelsk. The theme of the fourth excursion will be St. Petersburg as the center of Arctic shipbuilding, and the fifth - Kronstadt as the cradle of Arctic expeditions”.

“St. Petersburg is historically associated with the development of the Arctic,” says Sergei Korneev. - This connection was the basis for new educational excursions that are suitable for schoolchildren, families and individual tourists. There is a large number of people all over the world who are passionate about the Arctic, interested in this northern region. According to statistics, 10-11 million people a year travel to the Arctic regions. Over the past 10 years, from 2009 to 2019, the flow of tourists to the Arctic regions of the Russian Federation has almost doubled and amounted to 1.4 million per year. Today St. Petersburg has every chance to play the role of an all-Russian and international tourist hub, to become a starting point for a trip to the Arctic. "

In addition to the monument to the pioneers and explorers of the Arctic, the route of the excursion "How the Arctic was explored" included the Vilkitsky family burial at the Smolensk cemetery, the Museum of the History of the Navy and the Academy of the State University of Maritime and River Fleet named after Admiral S.O. Makarov, as well as a visit to the Krasin icebreaker.

Arctic routes will become available to a wide audience on the official tourist portal Visit-Petersburg.ru for independent use as soon as they are ready. Besides, everyone will be able to learn about the route in the information offices and pavilions of the St. Petersburg City Tourist Information Bureau.

It is worth noting that a large-scale project is underway in St. Petersburg to attract new tourist flows. To increase the variety of offers and the variety of ways to spend time in the city on the Neva, the Committee for Tourism Development is implementing the program "New Tourist and Cultural Geography of St. Petersburg". The project aims at reorganization of the urban guest environment, creating specialized tourist areas that form a new image of St. Petersburg on the world market, contributing to the emergence of new products and local brands.