The most powerful icebreaker “50 Years of Victory” will go to the North Pole and the Franz Josef Land Archipelago from Murmansk to the high Arctic on June 13. In addition to tourists, a field expeditionary team of the park staff and volunteers of the Russian Geographical Society will go to the "Russian Arctic".
- The season of field work in a specially protected natural area (PA) in 2019 starts a little earlier than usual. This is due to the increase in cruises to the Arctic. In total, in the summer of 2019, the “Russian Arctic” will be visited by four permanent tour operators and by one new - the Norwegian “Hurtigruten”. In addition, yachts with tourists from Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic will go to the Arctic PAs”, said Alexander Kirilov, the director of the Russian Arctic National Park.
The difference of the field season in 2019 is not only about the tourist traffic increase, but also tourist routes and locations expansion. So, at once several tour operators announced their decision to include the reserved territory of the island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the tour, which today is a kind of so called "terra incognita" for tourists.
Also scientific work are holding in the national park. The first part, the monitoring of a polar bear in Franz Josef Land, was completed in late April. In the summer, scientists of the Russian Arctic National Park, together with colleagues from the Botanical Institute named after. V.L. Komarov RAS will hold a botanical description of the flora of the archipelago on the field base of Cape Zhelaniya, Novaya Zemlya.
The specialists of the Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences will be engaged in the description of the botanical and geological communities of various islands of the archipelago on Franz Josef Land.
The study of the dispensing of petroleum products in the soils of the Franz Josef Land archipelago will be continued in 2019. The national park attracts specialists from the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences for this work.
The main "place of attraction" in 2019 will remain the Hooker Island of Franz Josef Land, where the visitor center will be opened in the Tikhaya Bay and the work on the restoration of the aircraft hangar will continue.