Nuclear-powered icebreaker “50 Let Pobedy” takes tourists to the Arctic
The world's largest nuclear-powered icebreaker "50 Let Pobedy" (the 50th anniversary of Victory) has departed on a voyage carrying tourists to the North Pole for the fourth time this season, the Arctic-Info news agency reported.
According to Dmitry Lobusov, the captain of the icebreaker, nearly all tourists were Chinese nationals. In all, there are 295 people on board, including 120 passengers.
"During the voyage, we inform the tourists if we detect any signs of marine life or if there are any interesting views, so that people who want to can come out and have a look," Lobusov said. "On our way to the North Pole, we pass along the coast of the Franz Joseph Land archipelago. A day before the icebreaker reaches the North Pole, tourists will celebrate Neptune Day. Then, we reach the Pole, go to 90 degrees north, and celebrate the event."
If the weather and ice conditions are favorable on the way back, the tourists will be taken to Franz Joseph Land to see the geographic and historical landmarks there. Then, the icebreaker will sail back to its home port of Murmansk.