While the crew was preparing the RV Kartesh, the photographers did not stop working: they were shooting the Murmansk harbor and dockyard as well as town landscapes. The Polar Expedition Gallery photographers Yaroslav Amelin, Andrey Bronnikov, Alexander Vaynshtein, Artyom Vasilkov, Vladimir Vaskin, Sergey Vetokhov, Alexander Terekhov, Andrey Yermakov and Andrey Kremnyov visited Kandalaksha, Teriberka, Liinakhamari, Monchegorsk and explored the vicinities of Murmansk. The exhibition participants ran a final field trial of equipment. The photographers wowed locals with their large-format cameras, which are a rarity beyond the Arctic Circle. Nevertheless, the average weight of such photo equipment sets is up to 25 kg (55 lb); therefore, the shooting process requires outstanding physical vigor as well as creativity and expertise.
Furthermore, the participants conducted the final drill on disembarkation with heavy equipment in the conditions of rough water. We packed bags and backpacks in waterproof containers, put on warm rubber boots and special angler wear above winter clothes. Above all goes a mandatory life vest and a safety harness. Now we are ready to get under way in the conditions of polar fall. The temperature is already below -15°C (5°F). Water temperature is +4°C (39°F).