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Krasin – One of the first ice breakers

Are you from the South? Have you ever seen snow and seas covered with ice? Do your kids know what an ice-breaker is? Don’t miss visiting Krasin – an ice-breaker that is one of the symbols of the strength and heroic deeds of Russia.

In 1917 when she was constructed Krasin was one of the most modern ice-breakers in the world. During the Allied Intervention in the White Sea in 1918, she was captured by the British Navy, and was returned to Russian (i.e. Soviet) control only two years later. Then, having been renamed Krasin, as the most powerful icebreaker in the world, she rescued the Italian expedition led by Umberto Nobile, whose airship, Italia, had crashed on the ice while returning from the North Pole in 1928. Krasin also rescued many other ships and expeditions during her career.

Everyone (excluding those who are drunk, wearing high heels or came with a dog) is allowed to see the ship inside, but you have to join an organized guided group. They are gathered every hour from 11:00 till 17:00. It’s better to come at least 15 minutes in advance. Kids under 14 must be accompanied by adults.

If you decide to visit Krasin in a group of 8-15 people, you should order a private tour in beforehand by phone (+78123253547) or by e-mail ( Do keep in mind that it’s closed every last Wednesday of the month.

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Details about this spot



Leitenat Shmidt emb., 23rd line, Saint Petersburg

Telephone number


Opening Times

Wed – Sun 10:00 - 18:00 | Ticket office till 17:00


Entrance: RUB 300


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)