A couple more widescreen shots of two Russian submarines being transported through the Northern Sea Route from one part of Russia to another. The Northern Sea RouteÂ is where the ships go through the Northern Arctic ocean when it’s free of ice. This way the journey is almost two and a half times shorter than if they go through the traditional sea route starting in St. Petersburg, then the Baltics – Mediterranean – Red Sea – Indian Ocean – South-East Asia – Japan – and then finally Vladivostok. This long route is more than 23,000 kilometers long and was traditionally used if the ships from the Western part of Russia wanted to reach the Far Eastern part of the country. In the summer they have an alternative and can go through the Northern Sea RouteÂ which is around 10,000 km long. Also, with the longer route, ships travel through half the world, while using the Northern Sea Route, theÂ ships are all of the time moving just along the coast of Russia. So the submarines went the short way. You can click for large pictures.