Franz Josef Land Expedition: Visions Above and Below the Icy Waves

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)
Much like the walruses in earlier posts, burdened by the insulated diving gear, the team, once graceful underwater, appears a bit more cumbersome back on the boat. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)
Much like the walruses in earlier posts, burdened by the insulated diving gear, the team, graceful underwater, appears a bit more cumbersome on the boat. (Photo by Andrey Kamenev)

NEXT: Read All Franz Josef Land 2013 Blog Posts


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


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.
  • Sallie Quammen

    Thanks for these gorgeous pictures and the all the vivid stories, and hi to my brother!

  • Vickie Eason

    Thank you so much for the unbelievable gorgeous pictures. Are there ny videos of the iceberg rolling? I’m so happy that you guys had the awesome experience of witnessing the beginning of the roll safely.

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