Expedition Diaries

20 August: Final landing

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.

19 August: almost home

19 August: almost home

The last day of the second voyage of the «Arctic Floating University 2014» expedition came to an end. Delicious cake for dinner, pictures on the bow of the vessel, late gatherings in the bar ... Tomorrow we will be at home.
18 August: Finished

18 August: Finished

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.

17 August: Where does the weather forecast start?

17 August: Where does the weather forecast start?

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.

16 August: In research of heavy metals

16 August: In research of heavy metals

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.

15 August: Physics in the Arctic and impenetrable Bely Nos

15 August: Physics in the Arctic and impenetrable Bely Nos

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.


14 August: An interpreter’s working day

14 August: An interpreter’s working day

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.


13 August: in place of landing

13 August: in place of landing

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.

12 August: Devoted to thrill-seekers

12 August: Devoted to thrill-seekers

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.

11 August: The Kara Sea

11 August: The Kara Sea

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.

10 August: Fascinate and research

10 August: Fascinate and research

This is the last day before the first big report session. All scientific departments should present their results.

9 August: Dikson port, Dikson Island

9 August: Dikson port, Dikson Island

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.

7-8 August: Science vs. Sea

7-8 August: Science vs. Sea

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.

6 August: Oceanologist working days

6 August: Oceanologist working days

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.

5 August: The land of terrible death

5 August: The land of terrible death

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.

4 August: Mist

4 August: Mist

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.

3 August: Meeting Kolguyev

3 August: Meeting Kolguyev

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.

2 August:  54 Newely Made Polar Explorers

2 August: 54 Newely Made Polar Explorers

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.

1 August: The First day on the way to the Arctic

1 August: The First day on the way to the Arctic

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.


Updated 07.08.2014