Russian Atomic Icebreakers

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The Northern coast of Russia is covered with through the most part of the year. People of Russia couldn’t stand the situation when they have a 5000 mile long coastline but can’t transport anything across it. They thought they can fight the nature for their freedom of movement and have implemented those giant, nuclear-powdered icebreakers. They are completely independent from the fuel and are being powered by small nuclear power-plants on board. Here are some photos of those machines and the coastline across which they swim crushing all this ice and scaring the polar bears.

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54 thoughts on “Russian Atomic Icebreakers”

  1. If you really want to and have the means you can definitely be aboard those ships. I just noticed few familiar icebreakers 🙂

    http://quarkexpeditions.com/our-fleet/50-years

    • i believe they are whale bones, as whaling was a big thing in the northern and southern polar regions. there are abandon whaling stations and large piles of whale bones scattered thorough out.
      as for the round stones, i don’t really know, but i would guess that they might be fossilized whale testicles. although it is a bit too cold for them to be that big.

  2. Absolutely amazing and wonderful pics,thanks a lot dear,i love northern beauty.where nature at there best.but i have some concern about the “exploration”business out there.few so called green exploration companies are try to change treasure of all humanity,the last frontier of the untouched world”the north”.i hope we will save the world from evil “energy”thrusters.”Don`t away the water, you have before you have obtained more”

  3. i have been looking at englishrussia for a long time, and these are probably the best pics i have seen on here, and that’s saying a lot. you guys really have outdone yourself. buy me a ticket to russia please!

    side note, my anti-spam word was “kgb”… sweet!

  4. These pictures are really impressive! And I would like to add one history note here: Icebreaker “Lenin” was world’s first nuclear-powered ship.
    No doubt this kind of ships facilitated greately communications between European and Far-Eastern parts of Russia in the winter, but I am sure sailors hated them. Imagine time before icebreakers – to travell from, say, Murmansk to Vladivostok in the winter, one had to sail around whole Europe, and then trough Suez canal (or around Africa), and then past India and China. A pleasent trip through nice tropical climate… which lasted for several months. And thanks to icebreakers, it became a much shorter voyage, across the Arctic ocean, in the dark of polar winter.

  5. Just one question about the nuclear plant in these icebreakers. Are they “Type N” (graphite core) or are they
    “Type H” (water core).
    As you know Type N is what they used in Chernobyl.

    • It’s dehydrated milk – a very famous soviet “dessert”!
      All Russians love to eat this kind of “milk” (actually, it’s more like syrup or something)

      P.S. Bears easliy open such cans.

  6. The entire set of pictures has been taken from this journalist.
    http://forum.awd.ru/topic48734.html
    Warning – a lot of pictures. The site is in russian, if you can’t read it – it is really a shame, she describes an interesting trip to north along with very interesting descriptions to the pictures. .
    In short – she travelled along the Northern Sea Route ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Sea_Route) and visited Dikson ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dikson_Island) on the nuclear icebraker “Vaygach” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaygach_%28nuclear_icebreaker%29).
    Fascinating pictures show the trip in details.

  7. breaking the ice – doesnt that just speed up global warming allowing the sun to heat the water and melt more ice? and for what, transporting a few goods? isnt these any machine that can slide ON ice instead of breaking it? this is ridiculous.

  8. While we are using teletransportation in the west poor russians are still using stoneage communist era transportation. How sad 🙁

  9. It’s a can of so-called “ condensed milk“, a viscous white substance made by dehydrating milk and mixing it with sugar. Condensed milk is popular here in Russia (slightly less popular nowadays with the fall of SU, but still well-known). It’s extremely tasty and has a variety of uses: you can eat it as it is or make sandwiches with it like you do with jam, you can add it to coffee or tea and to various foods (pearl barley porridge, for one). Also you can boil the can of condensed milk for five minuites or so, and it turns dark-brown, changes it’s taste and becomes more paste-like – absolutely delicious, too.
    Apparently, bears like it just as much as humans do.

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