Russia & Franz Josef Land
This is Russia as few know it. Perched on the utmost edge of Russian territory, at the top of the world above 80°N, is the archipelago of Franz Josef Land. This is the Extreme North, a smattering of islands encased in Arctic ice, and the site of many a famous expedition to the North Pole. Murmansk, Russia’s key port in the region, is our launch pad into the various islands, which are themselves the natural home to walrus, as well as the mighty polar bear.