Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Looks like a few of our previous posts were devoted to the Arctic exploration of more recent times, however before that, in the early 20th century, there were other Soviet people who laid the foundation for the contemporary Arctic visits. The people who first reached the Northern pole, the ones who were governing uninhabited Northern territories, pioneers establishing the first Northernmost outposts. Want to take a look into the photographic story of them?

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Georgi Ushakov was a chief of the deserted Wrangel island in the arctic. Here he is resting while walking through his vast landholdings.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

And here is his camp. The polar bear skins hanging and drying in the short arctic summer sun.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

His two buddies inside the base take measurements of each other. 1930.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

In the house of the Arctic hunter. See the portrait of Stalin on the wall. 1930.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

1934.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Polar pilot explorer, Fabio Farich. Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Polar pilots have brought a gramophone with them to the arctic.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Soviet plane TB-3 before takeoff from the Arctic.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Polar pilots being greeted in Red Square, 1934.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

This bearded man was a popular Soviet polar pioneer, Mr. Otto Shmidt.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

American pilot and Russian polar heroes in Fairbanks, Alaska, 1934

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Acting in the first Arctic theater.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Icebreaker “Krasin” stuck in the polar ice. 1934.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

People went down to help the ice breaker move. 1936.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

It’s hard to release a ship from the ice.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Otto Shmidt, again – the chief of the Soviet Northern arctic way – the way across the Soviet Northern coast.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Russian famous actor in the Arctic.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

This is the plane he arrived in. Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

A famous Russian actor with other members of the polar expedition.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Bearded Otto Shmidt goes from the N-172 plane which brought the supplies – they have the bread in their hands. Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Two polar expeditions meet.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Explorers save the tent from the snow that buried the tent overnight.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Polar explorers on the drifting ice station.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Meeting the ship.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Icebreaking ship “Joseph Stalin” at night.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

A group photo of the ship’s crew.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Russian Admiral A. Golovko during the war in the Arctic – 1941-1943.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Icebreaker Joseph Stalin leads the convoy of military ships through the Russian Northern way. 1941. The war is in the country. Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Bear and the ships.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Vodka was a very necessary thing in the Arctic, as a warming agent. Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Arctic deer herder meets the polar explorers.  Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Organizing a Soviet farm in Chukotka. Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Crew members of first Atomic icebreaking ship “Lenin” on the ski walk around the ship.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Little Andrew, the son of the deer herder. 1962.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Genadiy – young citizen of Chukotka. 1966.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

“A club”.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

“A meeting on the coast”.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Popular Soviet musicians come to tour the oil rigs of the Arctic.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Chukotka boys climb a tree.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Saving people from the ship wreck in cold Arctic waters.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Hunting in Tundra.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Establishing a radio link with a village.

Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

Chukotka in 1980s.Soviet Arctic Exploration Pioneers

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