Arctic Stage of Cape Chelyuskin – Cape Piai International Expedition Kicks off in Yakutsk
Russia’s About Travel extreme team led by explorer Bogdan Bulychev will conduct an expedition to Cape Chelyuskin, the northernmost point of Eurasia. The main goals of the expedition are to promote tourism in Russia’s Far Eastern and Arctic regions, as well as to develop routes for foreign tourists. The expedition will take place as part of the events of Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023, which are managed by the Roscongress Foundation.
The Arctic stage of the Cape Chelyuskin – Cape Piai international expedition kicked off on 8 March in Yakutsk. The expedition will pass through the villages of Mirny and Udachny, Cape Paksa, the farthest point of the Far East, and the Taimyr Peninsula. The trip will a last a total of three weeks to one month.
Four Russian travellers set out on the trip to Cape Chelyuskin in a single car. During the trip, they will shoot a multi-part film about their expedition, which can be found on the YouTube channel ‘About Travel’. In addition, the travellers will assess the tourism potential of the northern regions and ways to transport tourist groups, including foreign ones, to these sites.
The trip is being organized by the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic and the RGO Expo forwarding centre. RGO Expo previously embarked on a number of extreme trips: to the North Pole by bicycle, across the ice of the Arctic Ocean to the New Siberian Islands, as well as a more than 40,000-kilometre trip on off-road vehicles through 14 countries of Europe and Asia. RGO Expo has made more than 15 major international and Russian expeditions since 2015.
Russia is chairing the Arctic Council in 2021–2023. A cross-cutting priority of the chairmanship is to ensure responsible governance over the sustainable development of the Arctic. The comprehensive programme of Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council aims to promote cooperation to improve the well-being and quality of life of the Arctic population, including the Indigenous peoples of the North, adapt the Arctic to the effects of climate change, conserve the biodiversity and unique ecosystems of the Arctic, ensure socioeconomic development, find solutions in matters concerning global energy and transport security, promote scientific cooperation in high latitudes, and strengthen international cooperation.