The expedition by snowmobiles “Northern Path” will go through the whole Arctic
16:10 14 января 2019
Категории: News in English
The expedition by snowmobiles “Northern Path – 2019” started from Murmansk. Three participants from the town Magnitogorsk intend to pass through the whole Russian Arctic from Murmansk Oblast to Kamchatka during three months.
“We start from Murmansk, further – Archangelsk, the area of Naryan-Mar, the area of Salekhard, then Dikson, Taymyr in the north, Cape Chelyuskin, the area of Khatanga, Tiksi, Pevek, Uelen, Anadyr and further to Kamchatka, where we shall try to reach Cape Lopatka – the southern end of Kamchatka, if spring allows. It is planned that the way by snowmobiles will take about three months”, as the head of the group Alexander Tabakov said.
Thus, the route will go through eight regions of Russia. Its length will make about 17 thousand kilometers. All the participants are skilled travelers, who made long travels. For the first time from Murmansk to Chukotka the group went in 2013, the length of the route made 11 thousand and 600 kilometers. But the way took 4 months. According to Tabakov, for that moment the group had little experience of long travels by snowmobiles.
“We had not many skills and had no enough time and opportunities to visit interesting natural and historical places, which we passed in transit”, — he noted.
This time the travelers intend to correct imperfections of the previous expedition and to visit interesting places on the way. Also, according Tabakov, the group does not plan to “struggle” against “forces of nature” and will wait out unfavorable conditions.
“Earlier we tried, but experience shows that it needs to wait out snow storms and frosts. It is the main rule for the North that I understood for myself – not to hurry”, as he explained.
According to the participants, they will try to post diaries of the expedition and also photo and video materials in Facebook, a photographer will go a part of the way with them. As Tabakov notes, for the first time in Russia the group will pass such long arctic route by snowmobiles, as TASS informs.
“In Russia the whole route completely was not passed by snowmobiles during the whole season, in parts – yes, it was passed, all parts, but the whole at once – never”, as the head of the expedition said.
“Northern Path – 2019” is supported by the Russian Geographical Society and Moscow State University. According to the participants, weather the regular trans-Russian snowmobile run with involvement of teams-manufacturers of snowmobiles or the annual relay race by snowmobiles around northern regions can become further continuation of the project.