Cruises from Arkangelsk (Archangel)
Arkhangelsk (Archangel) lies on both banks of the Northern Dvina River near its delta, with its numerous islands and exit into the White Sea, in the far north of European Russia. To reach this port explorer ships pass the North Cape of Norway, usually call at Murmansk, then drop below the Arctic Circle to Arkhangelsk. The city is a major seaport open year-round due to improvements in icebreakers. Some of the city's extant landmarks are the fort-like Merchant Yards (1668–84), the New Dvina Fortress (1701–05), the Gostiny Dvor that is the oldest surviving building in Arkhangelsk, and the Assumption Church on the Dvina embankment (1742–44) that was rebuilt in 2004.