Finnish–Soviet nuclear icebreakers
Magazine article, 2020

In the spring of 1988, the shipbuilding company Wärtsilä in Helsinki, Finland, delivered the newest addition to the Soviet nuclear fleet: the icebreaker Taymyr. It was a rare occasion: During the Cold War, only two countries had built nuclear icebreakers, the gigantic vessels capable of opening up the Northern Sea Route. The first was the Soviet Union, which had expertise in nuclear propulsion and a long Arctic coastline. The second was Finland, a small country that had no expertise in building nuclear- powered vessels, no direct access to Arctic waters, and a lack of domestic demand for polar icebreakers.




Saara Matala

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

Physics Today

0031-9228 (ISSN)

Vol. 73 9 38-

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