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.
Today, battling the ever-undulating surface waves, the team hugged the floating islands of ice and sampled the algae that calls them home and imparts upon them the luminous colors that make this place so other-worldly.
Team photographer Andrey Kamenev was there to catch the scene.
Showing the worlds above and below the water surface, Andrey documents the team filming the process of ice algae sampling. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)
The Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land expedition is sponsored by Blancpain and Davidoff Cool Water.