July 26, 2015
R/V Kartesh in Kara Strait
On her way to Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, the R/V kartesh sailed along the Kara Strait, or the Kara Gates; the strait is located between Vaygach Island and the Southern Island of Novaya Zemlya and it connects the Kara Sea and the Barents Sea. The shores are stony and cliffy; it is covered in ice most of the year. Due to complicated ice situation, the strait is considered one of the most hazardous parts of the Northern Sea Route.
The expedition participants, fearless of rough weather and the storm that blew up in the strait, proceeded valiantly to Cape Sakhanin at Novaya Zemlya. Despite heavy rolls, the photographers displayed their virtuosity and were able to take stunning pictures of the storm at sea.