Polar expeditions

Russia associates its future with the Arctic region – with the socio-economic development of this area, the sustainable utilization of its transport arteries (primarily, the Northern Sea Route), the environmentally sound offshore and onshore hydrocarbon production and the reproduction of bioresources.

Being the centre of the regional development and tasked with strengthening Russia’s geopolitical and economic interests in the Arctic, the Northern (Arctic) Federal University is implementing innovative projects, performing scientific research and training specialists.

The university is cooperating with the intellectual centres in all the Arctic states and is participating in a number of international programmes, projects and fora, thus facilitating public democracy through interaction of students, teachers and experts.

NArFU is maintaining active cooperation – within the framework of the many projects, including expeditions – with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, the Russian Geographical Society, the Russian Academy of Sciences and SevHyrdoMet.

NArFU flags are planted on Alaska peaks, the archipelagoes of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Joseph Land. We have crossed the White, the Barents and the Kara Seas to explore the climate change and its effects, the physicochemical characteristics and the biology of the environment, the state of the Arctic ocean and adjacent areas, the folklore and the anthropology of the region, and discovered the unique archaeological artifacts on the Solovetsky Islands.

The biggest project this year has been the ‘Arctic Floating University’. Arranged on board the research vessel professor Molchanov, it enabled large scale exploration of high latitudes and major scientific research.

The RGS’s ‘Floating University’ grant was handed in to Leonid Vasiliev, Chairman of Arkhangelsk RGS centre and chief of FSFE Northern TAHEM, by president Vladimir Putin.

We understand that our immediate presence in the Arctic will enable us to identify ways in which we can develop its resources. It is necessary that the vulnerable nature of the northern areas should be taken into consideration, especially in the context of the changing climate and the economic development activities. Being the federal centre for development of the Arctic, we are faced with the task of continuing the age-long tradition of expeditions, which was once initiated in Arkhangelsk – Russia’s first port – and of initiating new large-scale projects that may promise interesting research results applicable in further exploration of the polar region.   

Expeditions to the Arctic (pdf)

NArFU’s Expeditions to the Arctic