Fodor's Expert Review Lenin Nuclear Icebreaker
The world's first atomic powered surface ship, the NS Lenin first took to the waters in 1957. Later, the 430-foot vessel was transformed into an ice breaker, which it did with gusto until decommissioned in 1989. Today, it sits permanently moored in the city harbor and serves as a museum, with more than 1,000 Soviet-era compartments to explore, including crew cabins, the canteen, sick bay, and command stations. Each also stands as a testament to the iconic minimalist design of the era. Everything is brought further to life when paired with stories told by guides about the ship's illustrious history and crew.