About 100 days remain until the end of the 12-month observations cycle.
January 2. We are back to work. The hydrologists have started drilling ice-holes in our new camp. It was necessary at last to do so otherwise they had to go to the former camp to take sounding readings.
January 17. We are seeing a full Aurora Polaris for the first time, which probably means that our ice flow is moving south.
January 21. Looks like, it is time to start packing. We are unlikely to complete our 12-month observations cycle. Several ice floes are starting to disintegrate to the south, not far from Greenland. We will cross the 85th Parallel in mid-February, if we continue to drift south at an average speed of 8–9 kilometers.
January 24. We are heading steadily south, averaging about nine kilometers each day. We are tired of the polar night; we haven't seen the Sun for 120 days.
Starting January 25, a dead calm set in, and the ice floe almost stopped moving; we recorded 3,900–3,910-meter depths on those days. All our conversations are about the Sun, which should appear soon, and returning home
February 21. Yatsun from the newsreels studio received a letter reprimanding him for the fact that, in one of his newsreels shot when the ice floe was cracking apart, the explorers looked too happy. But this was true, the jokes and laughing didn't stop during those dangerous moments.
March 14. The Sun rose for the first time four days ago.
March 16. A crack formed under the hydrological tents, expanded to a meter and ripped them from below. We managed to save the essentials, but some minor items were lost. We worked calmly, light heartedly. Yatsun filmed us, and we laughed when his lights explode.
March 28. The crack has started expanding. First, it increased to two meters, and we installed a walkway for the geophysicists and meteorologists to cross to the canteen. I hate to think what would happen if anyone falls into the water. The distance between the snow and the water surface is over 1.5 meters, and it would be very hard to climb out.
March 29. The ice-floe continues to groan and vibrate near the crack: other ice floes are exerting pressure on the "young" ice and compacted snow. All this is happening near our prefab houses, and it appears that the ice floe under them is about to give way. We have to sleep without taking our clothes off.
Today, the Sun did not go down, and the polar day begins
April 1. We will go home pretty soon. But it would be interesting to travel to Antarctica at some point. Despite the fatigue, many of us want to take such an expedition.
April 2. It's midnight but there is plenty of sunlight in our homes; we can read and write without the lamps.
The camp is quiet after a busy day. We can only hear Kurko working in the radio house to send yet another message. A telephone rings every three hours, and an on-duty meteorologist sends a weather report to the radio house. The report is broadcast right away.
We are so far unable to cross the 86th Parallel. It will soon be 12 months since the drift began on the 86th Parallel, but on the other side of the North Pole.
April 3. They told us over the radio the other day that the North Pole 4 station's next tour crew had left Moscow for the Arctic but they said nothing about us.
April 6. The camp's duty officer woke me at 8 am and said the ice floe was disintegrating. At 2 pm, we could see clear water all the way to the horizon to the west and the north from our camp; the crack had increased to 300 meters. Vapor was rising above the water, and ringed seals appeared in the water. We could see nothing but narrow cracks within a 40-kilometer radius the other day, and now we are surrounded by a sea of water. We are in a dire situation.
At 7 pm, we took the helicopter "to the other side" to get some gas tanks. We also took lunch to our comrades working there.