Participants in a motor rally across the Arctic reach Novy Urengoi in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area
The crew of the RGO Expo expedition center, earlier delivered by Taimyr nuclear-powered icebreaker to Tukhard village in Taimyr from the town of Dudinka in the north of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, have now arrived in Novy Urengoi (the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area) in motor rally vehicles, expedition leader Bogdan Bulychyov told TASS.
"We have arrived in Novy Urengoi. The icebreaker delivered us to the port of Dudinka from where we went by car. First we drove 240 km across the tundra on a Kamaz trail until we reached a good winter road that took us to Novy Urengoi. We have passed the most difficult route," TASS cites Bulychyov.
The travelers had earlier reached the world's northernmost continental settlement, Dickson, using standard Toyota Hilux off-road vehicles. There, they stayed at the Sopkarga polar weather station before proceeding to Dudinka with their cars aboard the icebreaker.
TASS reports that the expedition crew has set a Guinness World Record and records for Russia and Europe by covering about 650 km in two standard cars on the way to Dickson. After that, they set off on their return journey.