July 5, 2016
The 2016 Kartesh Arctic Expedition participants reached Yuzhny Island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The weather was exceptionally fine for this area: sunshine, plus seventeen centigrade, light breeze.
By 10am the base camp in the Belaya Cabin has been being established. We planted the Russian flag, the flag of the Polar Expedition Kartesh project and the flag of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI. This year, we did not spot polar bears, but managed to have a sighting of a reindeer.
His Grace Iakov consecrated the Belaya cabin and held a service. By noon, the participants had visited the bird colonies where thousands of birds nest. The vessel left a group of photographers, camera men and rangers at the base camp and headed to Vaygach Island.