The expedition comes to an end, the participants spend the last night on the vessel. On the fourth deck one could hear sounds of guitar. People talked about everything. Members of the expedition became a family to each other, and they tried to spend some more time before parting.
Some members of the expedition started their day not with lunch but with the last preparations for the final report session. Guys woke up earlier when the restaurant was closed and settled down in the bar with their laptops. At 10:00 am the session started.
Some of us started this day very early. And for somebody the morning followed smoothly a sleepless night. The reason of this early awake was the landing near the Indiga meteorological station planned for 5:00 am.
The sixteenth day of the expedition was devoted to lectures, group work and sample preparation on board the vessel. Yulia and Anastasia, our resident soil researches woke up feeling refreshed and decided to go straight to work.
Breakfast, lectures, lunch, group work, everything was quite usual while our RV Professor Molchanov was slowly sailing to the Bely Nos Cape. Late in the evening we reached the point and started landing at 9:00 pm. All departments participated in field work: biologists, meteorologists, oceanologists, physicists, culture experts, students of history and law department.
This day was devoted to lectures and course works as we had no scheduled landings. The morning was very ordinary. The hero of our story, Elena Kalinova, Interpreter and Expert of educational-methodological work, International Exams Center, woke up after ten alarm clocks had rung and went to have breakfast.
The morning of the 13th day was very dynamic. Everybody was preparing for the landing on the Zhelaniya Cape, where the employees of the national park Russian Arctic were to meet the expedition. When the first group of the explorers was ready to go we heard a voice: Due to bad weather conditions the landing is canceled.
This day was very eventful and began with the first report session. After lunch when last arrangements were made everybody gathered in the bar and the first report session began.
Tossing. Again. A great part of the expedition locked themselves up in their cabins. Tossing in the Kara Sea is about 7 on the Beauford scale. The first report session is postponed because the majority of the expedition members feel unwell. Today the waves are more active than passengers of the RV Professor Molchanov, so the only hero of the diary today is our «favorite» Kara Sea.
This is the last day before the first big report session. All scientific departments should present their results.
At 3:00 a.m. the RV Professor Molchanov reached the mainland. Somebody who was not sleeping could observe the shore of the Taimyr Peninsula, Dikson port, and on the other side — there was Dikson Island with deserted village and meteorological station.
In six days we have travelled over 1085 sea miles in the RV Professor Molchanov. During the last few days the sea has made it abundantly clear to us that we are on a ship, as the waves and the rolling has had an effect on both the people and activities on board.
This morning we could see the ice of the eastern coast line of the Yamal Peninsula looking out the porthole. The RV Professor Molchanov was built to handle rougher condition, and the ice concentration of 5 grades was no obstacle. We easily reached the shore of the Litke Island, the place of today’s landing.
It was the fifth day of the expedition, the vessel had got over 698 sea miles. Night wind had completely blown away the mist and at 8:30 a.m. the first boat set its course to Vaygach Island.
It is the fourth day of the expedition. The RV Professor Molchanov has already got over 648 sea miles. The expedition’s route runs across the Karskye Vorota Strait in the direction of Vaygach Island where the next landing will take place. But it will be in the evening and the morning is dedicated to the educational program. There were three lectures in our timetable.
It is the third day of the expedition. The RV «Professor Molchanov» has got over 461 sea miles. All members of the expedition and even those who are in the expedition for the first time have got into the new operating conditions. Curious things have become ordinary. But we will certainly remember this day as a day of the landing on Kolguyev Island.
It was the beginning of the second day of the «Arctic Floating University» expedition. The research vessel «Professor Molchanov» had already got over 193 sea miles and it was going along the coastal line of the Kola Peninsula. Calm sea, warm wind and bright sun were making every member of the expedition happy. So we started this day in a positive mood. This way the White Sea was greeting 54 newely made polar explorers.
What the first day of The Arctic Floating University expedition participant can start with? With excitement and feeling of being responsible. With such feelings a third grade student of the Institute of Philology and Intercultural communication, Kseniya Vejlivsteva, woke up.