FRANZ JOSEF ISLAND - TIKHAYA BUKTA - RUBINI ISLAND
(30 July)A former research station with many people, it is now down to about 4-5 during the summer. It has a Post Office where I sent three post cards, 500 rubles each, about $5. None of them ever arrived but it was fun. The settlement had manifold dog houses and a very beautiful cemetery. In the summer, there are scientists at the ongoing research station. There are beautiful graves, ruins of dog shelters, buildings and boats.
RUBINI ROCK - This is the most spectacular bird cliffs in the archipelago. There are vast numbers of Kittiwakes and Brünnich’s Guillemots (thick billed murres). The geology, it is a volcanic plug and has vast basalt column, is particularly interesting.