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Travel and Adventure 25 February 2013 14 372
Not everyone wants to celebrate the New Year at home – some people leave their cozy apartments and find themselves on a train at midnight on December 31. Who are these people, why have they chosen such an unusual way to celebrate New Year’s, and who keeps them company? RTDoc takes a ride on an overnight party train to answer these questions!
North Koreans say they’re the happiest people in the world. Their great leader is like a father who takes care of them and all their needs. They’re told that he’s made their country the most powerful and economically developed on the planet. A quick look at the World Wide Web or any international media might lead to a different conclusion but in North Korea, they’re banned.
The Maasai tribe in Kenya proved a very welcoming host for professional traveller and photographer, Olga Michi. During her time in Africa, she stayed with them to learn about and photograph, their way of life. She later invited a few members of the tribe to go with her to snow-shrouded Moscow, a world they could never have imagined.
As international interest in the Arctic grows, Russia is resuming development of Franz Josef Land, its polar territory 900 km from the North Pole. Take a look at the lives of the people laying the foundations for a new town here, while living next door to curious polar bears.
In 2014, 18 people sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on 18th-century tall ship, The Shtandart. In this film, those on board tell their stories of how they joined the crew, reveal what fascinates them about life at sea, and explain why it takes an ocean to quench their thirst for adventure.
“Keldysh” is Russia’s famous research vessel. She’s heading towards the Arctic Circle on a mission to collect important underwater samples. One of the scientists aboard helped draft Russia’s Arctic shelf claim, submitted to the UN. He explains the science behind it.
Often described as a mystery, Moscow reveals yet another of its secrets; beneath its ancient streets lies a little known underworld of dark catacombs and underground rivers. It provides a bottomless pit of adrenaline for the small army of volunteers who compete to be recognised as the ultimate digger.
Hoping to inspire disabled children to aim high, three men with physical disabilities take on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. At a towering 5895 m above sea level, the Tanzanian peak is the highest mountain in Africa.
On the icy island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean, people are outnumbered by polar bears and snowmobiles are used rather than cars. In addition to the Norwegians who maintain nominal control of Spitsbergen, the island is home to the Russian mining community of Barentsburg, a "company town" that is run by Arktikugol, a Russian state coal mining company.
For one month a year, the Arctic becomes home to a floating research camp. Located on an ice floe, the “Barneo” station assists with various projects. RTD travelled to Earth’s northernmost part, in order to see to what extremes some researchers – as well as tourists – are willing to go.
When Valery Malkov fell off a train in -40 wearing nothing but slippers and joggers, he could only survive if he ran for miles, as fast as he could, to the nearest station. A minute's delay and he could freeze to death. In this documentary we follow his story and look into how our body adapts to extreme temperatures.
Artist Sergey has turned his life into one big journey. He travels around the world, paints people and they give him goods in return. He calls it a game and the mission is to survive without money. We join him on his travels and see how his enterprise is getting on.
Travel to the sea of Okhotsk to visit the islands where a human population of just seven live cheek by jowl with 200 bears. Meet the killer whales and brave a climate so severe that icebergs linger through the summer and September sees the first snows.