The international expedition will be held in the places of the Great Northern Expedition of 1733, the Vilkitsky Expedition of 1913, the Ushakov and Urvantsev Expedition of 1930. Three new routes are dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica. The expedition to the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago is scheduled for March, 2019. Scientists, doctors and experienced travelers will take part in the campaign. Everyone, who can endure the travel to the Far North and ready to pay for travel, can become a member of the expedition. According to preliminary estimates, the international group will include about 100 people. The selection of participants will be made by professional affiliation and general preparedness of the traveler.
People wishing to participate in the expeditions of the center "Arctic" can contact its management. Contacts are here.
About the center "Arctic"
The expeditionary center "Arctic" was created in 1992 on the basis of a scientific and sports expedition engaged in the preparation and conduction of travels. The founders are the Moscow Center of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) and the Association of Russian Polar Explorers. The Center cooperates with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Polar Research Foundation and other organizations.
President of the center "Arctic" Vladimir Chukov said that the routes were not chosen by chance. "The archipelago was discovered in 1913, but research was not conducted until 1930. We are interested in climate changes, for example, the tholus of the Vavilov Glacier practically slid to the Kara Sea coast. This fact became known several months ago due to satellite imagery. We can be the first who will see what has happened there exactly", - said Chukov.
The second route was planned through Bolshevik Island. The Chukov team visited this one about 15 years ago.
"Last time we paid attention to the sign standing on the southwestern coast of the island from the Shokalsky Strait, but we did not commit it," Chukov said. "It was a kind of rooted post, and now we want to find out what it is. If the rooted post presence is confirmed, it can be assumed that someone visited this land before its discovery by the Vilkitsky Expedition in 1913. Our task is to follow in the footsteps of the great explorers of the North, to film and navigate these points. The choice of the final route depends on which of Arctic airfields will be available for landing of the airplane IL-76 with a cargo for the expedition. The expedition is scheduled to the end of March, 2019."
The third route goes through the sites of the Great Northern Expedition of 1733, in particular through the area of the mouth of the Taimyr River. Scientists of Tula State University are engaged in preparing the equipment for the expedition. This is an upgraded all-terrain vehicle "Toros". Now they repair engines, drives, running gears and electrics. Works are planned to be completed by the end of February.