Franz Josef Land Expedition: Land Ho!

Arriving at the first sighting of land; Alexandra Land. Photo by Andrey Kamenev.
Arriving at the first sighting of land; Alexandra Land. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures throughout the month.

Photographer Andrey Kameney captures the first sighting of land- Alexandra Land- one of 191 islands that make up the greater archipelago Franz Josef Land. After three days of deserted horizons, the expedition team feasts their eyes on the magnificent glacier-covered cliff side. (More beautiful horizon photos)

NEXT: Read All Franz Josef Land 2013 Blog Posts

 

The Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land expedition is sponsored by Blancpain and Davidoff Cool Water. 

 

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Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who combines science, exploration and media to help restore marine life. Sala’s scientific publications are used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine protected areas. 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.