The plans of the famous traveler were revealed by the founder of Poseidon Expeditions, Nikolai Savelyev, during the first meeting of the Polar Travel Club at the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society.
Fedor Konyukhov will join the expedition cruise on the “50 Let Pobedy” (eng. “50 Years of Victory”) icebreaker, which will set sail on July 11 from Murmansk. Having reached the North Pole, the polar tourists will return, but the traveler will remain. His plans include studying the intensity of ice melting and the routes of their drift, as well as testing for the presence of plastic at the North Pole. The research was commissioned by Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of RAS and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg.
Konyukhov plans to spend two weeks all alone before being taken aboard the icebreaker by the second expedition.
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The Russian company Poseidon Expeditions has been organizing expedition cruises on nuclear icebreakers to the Arctic and Antarctic for over 20 years. In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all expedition cruises to the North Pole were canceled. This year, there are planned three of them.
During the meeting of the Polar Travel Club at the Russian Geographical Society, TV presenter and vice-speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy spoke about his impressions of visiting the North Pole. During the expedition, he felt a sense of pride for the country and was amazed by the majestic views of nature.
"The icebreaker, in fact, is moving through the reserve, where there is not a soul for a thousand kilometers around," Tolstoy said. “For hours I was looking fascinated at the pieces of ice five meters thick, which flew out from under the icebreaker”.
Another guest of the Club was the Norwegian polar explorer, member of the Royal Geographical Society, trainer and expeditionary leader of the British Prince Harry, Inge Solheim. He presented his photographs, taken on numerous travels to the North and South Poles, and spoke about the unusual feeling of polar explorers.
"This is similar to what astronauts experience," Solheim shared. "Moving away from the mainland, you look at it and at your life as if from the outside."