I have been waiting for this interview for two years when the second mate came up to me and said: “The captain calls you to the bridge”. I try to guess what could have happened. I climb the stairs and see Sergei Viktorovich in the cabin.
What do the participants of the expedition think about the Arctic Floating University?
The expedition is almost over. After the last lectures, we have time to prepare final presentations of students’ research projects. Here are three short reports about our daily routines.
Fedor Tuzov is an engineer in Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and a postgraduate student of Moscow State University. It is his third Arctic Floating University expedition. He twice sailed on Professor Molchanov in 2014 when he was a student.
The project «Ice Operations» (2017 to 2020) supported by Colarctic unites Norwegian Research Institute, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Association of Suppliers of Oil and Gas “Sozvezdie”, Luleo Technological University, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Maritime Forum Nord (Norway) and Storvik & Co OY (Finland). Dmitry Kovalev, leading engineer of NArFU High School of Informational Technologies and Automated Systems, observes ice in the Barents Sea.
July 2, the expedition landed in the abandoned town of Pyramiden. There are many visitors in the mine from midday to 6 p.m. and polar bears do now want to contact people. – says Anna, a guide who has been working in Pyramiden for a year and whose contract is valid until November 2020.
June 1 is in midsummer and the middle of the Arctic Floating University expedition. The mountains around get higher and internet less accessible. Today’s landing was in Ny-Ålesund.
A place that is hard to reach and hard to leave. The first landing of the expedition took part on Sunday, June 30, in Barentsburg.
Today we have a special edition of our Diary. If you want to learn how much you know about Spitzbergen send your answers to the NArFU Press Service e-mail. Try not to use the internet.
In the teatime, professor of choreography Amanda Jane Steggell and Ph.D. candidate Brynjar Åbel Bandlien from Oslo National Academy of Arts presented an unusual lecture, an extended choreography of passages. What you have just read is not yoga or meditation. It was how Amanda, as a student at London College of Dance and Drama learned to listen and extend her awareness beyond her body into the environment.
Since Sunday, the expedition participants have been attending lectures on geopolitics, Svalbard and Arctic legal regime, polar history and microbiology. One of today’s lectures was delivered by Zorigto Namsaraev, candidate of biological sciences, leading researcher in Kurchatov Institute. The main topic of his research work are bacterium systems of the Barents Sea and Svalbard Archipelago.
The Arctic looks like endless emerald waters cut by our ship that arouses icy spray. This spray reaches the 6th deck (monkey island) where some of us hide from melancholy, loneliness, rolling or meeting each other. I lie on this deck thinking about the freshness of the sea air and the shore that I miss so much. The idea of “wandering” in the seas six another days makes me feel a little unhappy.
Today between two lectures and seasickness when I was lying on the 6th deck looking at the endless Barents Sea all around, I took an interview from Barbara Schennerlein, historian, member of the German Society of Polar Historians.
Imagine that you are in a closed box that somebody is shaking. Or that you are shaking a Coca-Cola bottle. That is what we experience since 4 a.m. on Monday.
The expedition participants are getting ready for the first research activities on the Cola Meridian. Andrey Bezgreshnov from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute gave me an interview. It is his second expedition.
It will soon smell not the sea but the coast. The three weeks expedition in the Russian Arctic will soon be over. We will come back to our daily routine. But the story of the Arctic Floating University does not stop there. The eleventh and twelfth expeditions are planned for the next year. One cannot leave the Arctic. You can only leave Professor Molchanov when you step on dry land. But you are sure to come back. The story is to be continued.