Russia would open a new tourism center in Franz Josef Land

Published on : Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Russia would open a new tourism center in Franz Josef Land, which is a remote Arctic archipelago, in response to increased interest in traveling above the Arctic Circle.


The visitor center is located on Guker Island, which isone of the largest in the archipelago. On this site in 1929, Soviet explorers established the very first research station in the region. The facility was visited on a regular basis by Arctic expeditions afterward. In 1937, an Arctic observatory headed by the famous explorer Ivan Papanin was opened on the site.
The visitor center is set to open by August 30 to mark the 90-year anniversary since the first research station was established.


The official opening will be made in tandem with the arrival of the Silver Explorer, a cruise ship that is currently on its way across the Northern Sea Route. Each of the 144 tourists on board the luxury vessel has paid at least 33,000 Euros ($36,600) to undertake the Arctic voyage from Nome, western Alaska, to Norway’s Tromsø.


Alexander Kirilov, the director of Arctic National Park said, “The popularity of visits to the Arctic is growing year by year and therefore it is necessary to create attractive conditions for guests.”


Workers are now constructing an outdoor museum and a total of six buildings have already been renovated. Tourists will be offered overnight stays and longer-term stays along with involvement in local research activities, said the Russian Natural Resources Ministry.


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