Murmansk, in the far northwest of Russia, is the home port for the Russian fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers and the largest city and seaport north of the Arctic Circle. Here you’ll board your pole-bound icebreaker, and first get a taste for the extreme environment you’re about to enter. But not the mass of ice to come; Murmanskis by a warm current and ice-free all year round. However, once underway you’ll encounter the ice soon enough. And be overawed by its presence, variation and majesty. Especially once the harbourmaster has seen you off to the strain of martial music!