Blog posts by On board the vessel Professor Molchanov

The final stretch from Dikson to Dudinka has begun.

We’re heading south. The final stretch from Dikson to Dudinka has begun. From the sun deck of “Professor Molchanov”, it’s hard to see where the ocean ends and the river begins. The Yenisey estuary is several kilometers wide, the one bank ... Read more

Over an active ocean to a half dead city and a polar bear with an unknown fate

The ice free Kara Sea is calm and quiet. Passing through the Kara Gate and across the ocean, we have seen only one commercial vessel. But if things aren’t that exciting on the surface, there much to be said about what’s underneath. Thomas Nilsen, of the ... Read more

Good prospects from gloomy predicitons

August 11th 2013: The GPS gives our position at 70° 44´ N, 64° 53´ E. August 11th 1913: Lied's expedition in in the exact same place, and has run into ice: "But we headed to the southwest, full throttle through the ice, to get out and ... Read more

Through the Kara Gate

”The waves from the east/south-east are big, so no ice could have come through the Kara Gate in spite of the eastern winds, and we are starting to hope that we will be able to go through this way, even though we had excepted that we would have to go through ... Read more

The expedition makes its first landings

By Asbjørn Bartnes Kolguev is an island of 3495.5 square kilometers, and home to 550 people, most of the Nenets, and 7000 reindeer. There is no harbour, up to 80 days of fog a year and an open playground for the Arctic winds. Here, the expedition goes ... Read more

The expedition finds its rhythm, but the race is cancelled

"In "Correct's" cozy saloon we gathered for the meals. Usually, there were six of us: the captain, Mr. Lied, the three guests including myself, and the ice pilot. We spent time in the saloon also during the rest of the day, and enjoyable evenings ... Read more

On board the research vessel Professor Molchanov

By Asbjørn Bartnes Monday August 5th was the start of an extraordinary expedition. 50 scientists, decision makers and representatives from the world of commerce will follow in the tracks of legendary polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, exactly 100 years after he ... Read more

On board the vessel Professor Molchanov

Monday August 5th was the start of an extraordinary expedition. 50 scientists, decision makers and representatives from the world of commerce will follow in the tracks of legendary polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, exactly 100 years after he started his adventurous journey through Siberia.

On board the research vessel Professor Molchanov we will travel nearly 1600 nautical miles from Arkhangelsk to Dudinka and up the river Jenisej, where we will cast anchor on August 16th.

The journey will be a floating seminar - with Norwegian and Russian experts sharing their knowledge on the Arctic, natural science, history, Russia, Nansen and Norwegian and Russian industrial and commercial interests.

This commemorative expedition is a joint venture between UiT The Arctic university of Norway, Norwegian Polar Institute and Northern Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk.

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