The Fyodor Konyukhov’s official website reports that the expedition will start in Arkhangelsk on June 5, the World Environment Day. The Clean Arctic project’s ambassador and the international master of sports pilot Igor Potapkin plan to make a multi-stage flight of up to three thousand kilometers from the White to the Black Sea in two and a half weeks. The expedition will end in Novorossiysk on June 22.
At one of the stages Russian pilots plan to fly up to 500 kilometers without landing in order to break the current Polish athlete’s world record of 427 kilometers. The flight from Arkhangelsk to Novorossiysk is only a preparation stage for the organization of the first ever flight to the North Pole on a motorized paraglider.
The organizers said:
The expedition will start in Murmansk on August 1. The team will be delivered to the launch site (Rudolf Island, Franz Josef Land) and picked up in the North Pole area by the icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (Eng.: 50 years of Victory).
A year ago the same icebreaker within the Clean Arctic project delivered Konyukhov to the ice floe, where the first ever single drifting polar station was deployed. He measured the Arctic Ocean’s bottom’s seismic activity, studied the ice melting’s intensity and painted pictures there.
The traveler believes that the Clean Arctic project’s implementation will help preserve the fragile Arctic nature for future generations.
As a reminder, Clean Arctic is a large-scale project to clean up the Arctic territory from waste accumulated since Soviet times. The idea belongs to nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy’s captain Dmitry Lobusov and Soviet and Russian icebreaker captain, the Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation Gennady Antokhin.
The Clean Arctic project was launched last summer. Nornickel company was one of the first to join it. Active Norilsk and Dudinka’s residents also took part in the action. Clean Arctic volunteers removed 1,500 tons of garbage last year. Activists continue to clean up the Arctic this year.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: konyukhov.ru