#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Russian route to the North Pole through the Krasnoyarsk region has been opened. In April 2023, the Barneo Russian company installed a scientific and tourist ice camp. The route now goes only through the territory of Russia: Krasnoyarsk – Hatanga – cape Baranov (Bolshevik island) – Barneo ice camp – the North Pole and back.
For the first time since the 80s, a runway was prepared and an aircraft successfully landed at cape Baranov, where the station of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute is located, the Russian Geographical Society (RGO) press service reports.
“This allows organizing large-scale scientific research and rotating scientific personnel at the polar station. Previously, helicopters were used, it was long and very problematic in terms of transporting people and goods”, the report says.
For the first time, scientists from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and the necessary cargo were delivered via Hatanga, cape Baranov and the Barneo ice camp to the drifting ice platform North Pole, a rotation was made, and some of the employees were sent along the route to Krasnoyarsk.
“Starting from 2024, with the support of the Krasnoyarsk region government and the Russian Geographical Society, it is planned to organize research and tourist high-latitude expeditions on a regular basis in the region. For this, the airport infrastructure of Hatanga has already been updated, the hotel has been modernized. It is the Krasnoyarsk region that becomes the gateway for visiting the Arctic by tourists from different parts of the world”, the Russian Geographical Society noted.
Hatanga has long been promised to become a center for tourists who want to fly to the North Pole. A year ago, researchers from Norilsk, via Dudinka and Hatanga, set out for Dikson, a new tourist destination that is ready to become a national branded route.
Earlier, the This Is Taimyr reported that the Krasnoyarsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society received the RGS’s Big Silver Medal for the Tyurikov Board project implementation in Taimyr.
Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko and Denis Kozhevnikov