A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island

  • The 2017 and 2018 expeditions to Vilkitsky Island were organized by the Russian Arctic Exploration Center in cooperation with Green Arctic
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • Researchers believe there are 800 tons of scrap metal on the island
  • Volunteers from seven countries took part in the expeditions
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A group of bears watched the volunteers at work
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • The 2017 and 2018 expeditions to Vilkitsky Island were organized by the Russian Arctic Exploration Center in cooperation with Green Arctic
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • Researchers believe there are 800 tons of scrap metal on the island
  • Volunteers from seven countries took part in the expeditions
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
  • A group of bears watched the volunteers at work
  • A volunteer environmental expedition to Vilkitsky Island
Georgy Andreev
The 2017 and 2018 expeditions to Vilkitsky Island were organized by the Russian Arctic Exploration Center in cooperation with Green Arctic

This summer was the second stage of cleanup operations on Vilkitsky Island. Volunteers spent a month collecting about 2,600 empty fuel barrels. They plan to gather all the scrap metal on the island that has been accumulating for decades and send it back to the mainland. Volunteer Georgy Andreyev took photographs for this story.