RGS plans snowmobile expedition to Arctic islands in the Kara Sea
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RGS plans snowmobile expedition to Arctic islands in the Kara Sea

The Yamal branch of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) is planning a snowmobile expedition to the Arctic islands in the Kara Sea, the administration of the Pur District of Yamal reports.

"The Yamal regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society is preparing the next snowmobile expedition of the Legends of the Arctic series, dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the legendary Fridtjof Nansen's Arctic journey on the Fram ship in 1893-1896," the statement reads. The expedition is scheduled for February 14, 2017.

The mission includes the monitoring of natural and weather conditions in high latitudes, as well as conducting amateur radio sessions from each of the islands. During the journey, the expedition participants will take photos and videos of unique geographical landmarks and Arctic flora and fauna. The collected materials will be shown at exhibitions and lectures; there are also plans to make video films.

According to estimates, the expedition will last one and a half months. They will visit Cape Sterligov, the Scott Hansen Islands, the Nordenskiold Archipelago, and the Nansen and Tyrtov islands. The end point is the Firnley Islands in the eastern part of the Kara Sea, discovered by Nansen during the Norwegian Polar expedition.

To track the expedition's progress online, visit the website of the Russian Geographical Society's Yamal branch at http://yanaorgo.ru/. The mission will include people from Yamal along with ham radio operators from Tyumen, Norilsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Moscow and Perlesleut.