Tourism and recreation
Russian Arctic National Park closes 2016 cruise season
© RIA Novosti. Ramil Sitdikov

Russian Arctic National Park closes 2016 cruise season

On August 24, the Bahamas-registered motor ship Hanseatic returned from its final cruise to Russian Arctic National Park, ending the summer season, according to the national park website.

The ship carried 145 tourists from 14 countries. It took them five days to visit the Franz-Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos. They were accompanied by four national park inspectors, and mailed 160 letters and postcards from a post office on Hooker Island.

English- and German-language presentations on Russian Arctic National Park were made during the trip. The park's inspectors spoke with visitors for 90 minutes, discussing their fieldwork seasons and projects in between seasons, research projects at the national park and the federal wildlife sanctuary, cleanup operations on Arctic archipelagos, environmental awareness programs and tourism promotion.

The first cruise liners sailed the Northern Sea Route in 2014. After calling in at over 10 ports, the Hanseatic will reach Chukotka on September 10.