Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

You probably remember that a few days ago there was a posting about the seasons changing in Franz Josef Land – one of the most Northern Russian islands, being on the latitude of Northern Greenland, and being uninhabited. However, the fact that nobody lives there doesn’t mean that there is no activity. In fact, there are tons of the old Soviet vehicles, tools, tractors, devices and you name it. Want to take a look?

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

You can click for the wide screen versions. These things are all over the island.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Left for nothing.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Looks like people fled from this place.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Leaving everything behind them.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Like in a horror movie, when something unknown attacked people.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Look how they bent this hammer. What for?

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Made in USSR. Year 1976.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

This tractor has strangely been deformed, sinking beneath the sand.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Yes, some parts of the island have snow even in the warm months, so you can bet there are tons more of this stuff under the snow.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Looks like most of the vehicles are missing their glass.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Who remove the glass?

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

And why?

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Does glass have some extra value in this uninhabited land?

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Here, this one is intact.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

This looks like a Lunokhod.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

The guy, with his dog and with a rifle, also looks like a scavenger from a movie.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Living alone in the land of no man and permanent cold.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

The headlights were also removed.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Another shot of the postapocalyptic guy with a rifle.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

I wonder if they need glass too.

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land

Thanks to Igor for the photos!

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16 thoughts on “Abandoned Exploration Tools and Vehicles of Franz Josef Land”

  1. Should not all the old machinery and vehicles be removed from these places and perhaps melted down as scrap metal? It is environmentally damaging and something of a blot on the landscape. Throughout Russia there must be untold millions of roubles in scrap metal just lying around. This is serious environmental pollution.

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    • Arctic regions are like deserts; low humidity and very little downpour. Things corrode very, very slowly down (or up?) there. I think most corrosion comes from salty sea air and meltwater.

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