GOOD news for all participants of our Arctic expeditions in 2014-2017. Joint management of “Taimyr Reserves” sent us official thanks for…”quality and high efficiency in expedition work associated with exploration of biological diversity of Taimyr and coastal ecosystems of the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea…” Thanks to all participants of our Arctic expeditions for your help in implementation of those hardest but at the same time most interesting travels!
In 2017 LLC “Arctic Scientific Centre” issued a unique ecological atlas “The Laptev Sea” that contained more than sixty our expedition photos (made by the “Finval” RC team). By the way, the photo on the cover page of the atlas – the picturesque Tsvetkov Cape of the Taymyr Peninsula – is also made by our team. It is no wonder that the authors of the atlas addressed us. Let us recall that the total length of our routes in the Laptev Sea for the 6 seasons of arctic expeditions constituted approximately 5000 km, and the assistant routes (to travel to the sea) constituted about 12000 km (the Lena River, The Yana River, the Khatanga River)! During the expeditions in the Laptev Sea we visited 22 big arctic islands and many small islands…As a result we explored more than 80% of the Laptev Sea coast and gathered broad scientific data (the volume of the collected data is probably the largest one on the Laptev Sea coast in the country at present).
The scientific and educational expedition “Kurils autumn” arranged from September 1 till September 20, 2017 has been successfully completed. The participants of the expedition sailed around the Paramushir Island (Northern Kuril Islands) on the catamaran ship. Marine mammals of the island were counted. Plenty of marine and terrestrial animals and birds made our route more exciting and interesting every day! Neither sudden debris flow over Severo-Kurilsk (for the first time in a post-war history), nor heavy ash explosions from Ebeko volcano, nor powerful typhoons could stop the expedition. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all Severo-Kurilsk citizens for hearty and warm welcome!
In spite of all difficulties, the research expedition to the Arctic Regions “Ecumene Edge” has been completed successfully. From July 6 till August 16, 2017 the participants of the expedition sailed about 2700 km on the Kara Sea on a sail and motor trimaran “Finval”. We gathered large amount of data on distribution, numerosity, migration of many birds, marine and terrestrial mammals species. We collected herbaria, local mollusca samples. During the first stage of the expedition the participants enjoyed calm and sunny weather, while about half of the second stage it stormed severely. Two meetings with polar bears with two cubs (in each case) made the expedition more exciting. Beside coastal routes the expedition participants visited hard-to-reach islands: Vilkitsky Island, Shokalsky Island, Neupokoev Island, Sibiryakov Island, Oleniy Island and many others. The expedition program was fulfilled one hundred percent.