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December 15, 2013: Paddling Through The World’s Biggest Rapids, Swimming in the World’s Coldest Oceans and More

This week, on National Geographic Weekend, host Boyd Matson joins guests as they paddle the world’s biggest rapids, dive in the world’s coldest oceans (at both poles), and walk “Out of Eden,” chasing our early human ancestors to the ends of the Earth.

Amazing Facts From the Franz Josef Land Expedition

Exploring the underwater environment surrounding the 191 islands of Russia’s Franz Josef Land, Enric Sala and team dove more than 111 hours cataloging the species that call these nearly untouched waters home.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: First Look at Post-Expedition Discoveries

SEP 9 2013, WASHINGTON DC — Scientists and expedition co-leaders, Dr. Enric Sala and Dr. Maria Gavrilo, published a summary of August 2013 National Geographic and Russian Arctic National Park expedition to comprehensively survey the land and waters of Franz Josef Land, sponsored by Blancpain, Davidoff Cool Water, Patagonia and Mares. Interview conducted by Lucie…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Surviving the Life Aquatic

For members of a 35-day scientific voyage to the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land, even when freshwater and vodka are in short supply, distractions abound.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: What We’ve Accomplished So Far

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: …And Then There Was This Other Iceberg

“We’re being attacked by a swimming polar bear?” was Andy Mann’s first thought as the team has a close encounter with a dangerous iceberg.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Visions Above and Below the Icy Waves

Photographer Andrey Kamenev catches the scene as Enric and team document the process of ice algae sampling.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: The Underwater Colors of the Arctic

The early explorers were heroic in their efforts to explore and survey, but missed most of the living space of the Arctic: its underwater world. During our expedition to Franz Josef Land we are discovering this unknown world beneath the surface, and unveiling a colorful kaleidoscope.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: (Halfway Point) Camaraderie, Collaboration & New Discoveries

Lucie McNeil sat down with Maria Gavrilo, Deputy Director of Science, Russian Arctic National Park, Franz Josef Land for a mid-expedition update.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Closer Look at Russia’s Arctic National Park

We asked Irina Skalina, Head of the Education & Outreach Group, Arctic National Park today to share some of what her team is working on aboard the MS Polaris.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Childhood Dream Come True

Explorer and TV presenter Paul Rose shares the thrill as he arrives at the site of Fritdjof Nansen’s winter shelter, a place he’s dreamed of visiting since childhood.

Catching Copepods: Charismatic Microfauna of the Arctic

David Quammen sheds light on the tiny unsung heroes of the Arctic, direct from the Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land Expedition.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Day in Photos

The expedition continues on and for the team, it’s business as usual. The crew arrives at Burke Bay on Luigi Island, one of 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land archipelago. Team members Forrest and Paul hike to the glacier to prepare for a longer transect. Meanwhile, the first heli-cam take-off to film Cape Flora’s lively walrus haul-out in the channel is a success. Walruses, known to be aggressive at times, have maintained civility and even permit their pictures to be taken by the expedition photographers!

Franz Josef Land Expedition: “Exceeding Every Expectation”

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Oh Give Me a Home, Where the Walruses Roam

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures…