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Arctic

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I was lucky to be among the pioneers who in early 90-s paved a tourist trail to the North Pole. Our International North Pole Parachute Expeditions gradually developed into diverse activities which take place every April on the top of the globe which include skydiving, hot-air ballooning, dog-sled riding, scuba-diving, skiing the last degree like a true polar explorer, etc. I traveled to the North Pole every April in the years 1993 - 2002 via Khatanga in Taimyr Peninsula. The purpose of this page is just to give you an idea of Arctic landscapes. All images are scanned paper photos made by different 35-mm cameras.

NORTH POLE - северный полюс

A tandem over the North Pole. April 21, 1993.

Next two photos by Max Dereta (www.maxdereta.com) first published in Dutch magazine Sport Parachutist in June 1993.

It is me gliding over the North Pole in 1993...

... and in 1994.

Just landed. April 21, 1993.


April 18, 1998. Final approach with a 12-year old girl Irina Churakova.

Landing.

April 1996. Before exiting the helicopter over the North Pole.

April 29, 2002. Just landed tandem with American tourist Joy Trent.

April 1995.


April 2002. Last visit to the North Pole.

My daughter Diana in the geographic North Pole with her favorite toy and other objects. April 21, 2001.

POLAR ICE-&-SNOWSCAPES.



Aerial views of pressure ridges and open-water channels.


It is a pleasure to walk amid pressure ridges on a warm sunny day.



We are here.


HOT-AIR BALLOONING.

Swimming in the Arctic Ocean.

The two black spots in the water are seals which are not supposed to occur that far north.

An ice airfield and base camp is built about 100-150 km off the North Pole to support the tourist operations.


The ice runway.

The runway is leveled, cleaned and compacted by this tractor.

An Antonov-26 is taking off.

An Antonov-26 is landing.

An Antonov-74 is being unloaded.


An air-drop of fuel barrels from an Antonov-12.

Advertising in the North Pole.

A Big Foot Lada Niva in the North Pole.


The way to the North Pole may be tiring for kids.

Good-bye North Pole. Every expedition was a life-changing event.

Diana was allowed to fly our Ilyushin-18 on the way from Khatanga to Moscow. Great experience for an 11-year old kid.


For photos of FRANZ JOSEF LAND click ON ARkHANGELSK OBLAST.

for photos of northern land archipelago click  krasnoyarsk krai.
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