Novaya Zemlya

The expedition has reached the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Around here is very foggy in summer – there’s typically up to 13 foggy days a month, when almost nothing is visible. Local people in Novaya Zemlya call this coast “the land of flying dogs”. Winds here can reach up to 50 metres a second in winter, and can last for up to 10 days.

Our destination around Novaya Zemlya was Yuzhny Island, home to the Malye Karmakuli weather station – the first polar weather station in Russia, and only the second in the world – officially opened in 1896 but there having been a camp here from as far back as 1877, with weather observations starting a year later. The station is part of the global monitoring network.

There are eight Novaya Zemlya locals at the station. And today – together with other precious cargo – we took delivery of some puppies: these will be used to frighten away polar bears, once they grow up.