Franz Joseph Land
© RIA Novosti. Alexei Kudenko

First tourist cruise ship to sail off for North Pole

This summer’s first tourist cruise ship to the North Pole entering the territory of the Franz Josef Land Federal Reserve is sailing off today from Murmansk.

The roundtrip voyage on board the 50 Years of Victory atomic icebreaker, which will last 13 days, is organized by the travel company Quark Expeditions, the press service of the Russian Arctic National Park reported.

“Over 13 days, four state environmental protection inspectors will monitor compliance with Russian environmental legislation by tourist groups and ensure passenger safety during landings on the Franz Josef Land reserve’s islands, as well as the lecture and escort aspects of the trip,” Roman Yershov, the director of the park, said.

The 2015 summer season will last from June until August, with 10 cruise visits to the Franz Josef Land reserve.

In addition, the Professor Molchanov ship with Floating University project participants is expected to reach the north of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.