Expedition prepares for tourism in Russia's Arctic
Aboard the ship "Professor Molchanov” the 40 voyagers visited ecologically valuable parts of the park “Russian Arctic”, the archipelago of Nova Zemla and Franz-Josef Land.
The voyage was sponsored by Coca Cola and WWF supporters - who in turn became participants, taking part in research and seeing the consequences of Arctic climate change firsthand. Voyagers encountered giant blue icebergs, colonies of tens of thousands of birds,polar bears and walruses and even a real arctic storm.
The researchers aboard conducted surveys of the area's land and sea, mapping and registering historical objects and placing information signs.
Much work lies ahead to prepare the park territory for ecological tourism, including an inventory of the natural and cultural heritage in areas expected to see the most visitor traffic, and preparing trails and observation areas.
Watch a video from the expedition: