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“Northern Land,” these are the least accessible islands of the Arctic. Charted in 1933, the archipelago was the last to be formally discovered on the planet. Another hike with Nikita, groups were divided according to speed of hiking: Chargers, Moderate Fast, Contemplative.  I always chose Moderate Fast in order to have time for photography.

     It was near here that at 4:00AM one morning (27 July), we watched the nuclear icebreaker, YAMAL, escort a convoy of several huge tankers in the Kara Sea.

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