Near the post office at Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island, Franz Josef Land
© Irina Skalina

Field work completed in Tikhaya Bay

A group of employees from the Russian Arctic National Park has returned to Arkhangelsk from Tikhaya Bay (Hooker Island, the Franz Josef Land archipelago), where they worked for nearly three months, the park's press service said.

Seven people stayed at the former main station during the field season, repairing and restoring its facilities, guarding the area and upgrading the eco-trail. They also set up a few recreation spots and laid down over 200 meters of stone and wooden paths.

Over 10 tourist ships visited Tikhaya Bay in the summer. Passengers sent more than 500 letters and postcards to various parts of the world, including China, the United States and Germany, from the island's post office.

Tikhaya Bay is situated in the northwestern part of Hooker Island, which was discovered in 1879 by a Dutch expedition. The bay was named Tikhaya by Russian Arctic explorer Georgy Sedov, whose expedition stayed there in the winter of 1913-1914.