Soviet Polar Observatory to Welcome First Visitors

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The polar station on Franz Josef Land will be open for public, the Lenta.ru news website reported on Monday, March 27.

The Ernst Krenkel Observatory on Hayes Island was considered the largest station in the archipelago during the Soviet era, with about 200 people working there. In 2001, after 44 years of operation, the station was closed, but in 2004 it started working again. Today, four people work in the observatory.

According to Alexander Kirillov, the Director of the national park “Russian Arctic”, the observatory will open for visitors after cleaning of the station’s territory.