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North Pole: Inside a Russian Atomic Icebreaker

An exclusive report from the world’s second-largest nuclear icebreaker

An RT film crew travelled to the North Pole onboard the world’s second-largest nuclear-powered icebreaker. During the dangerous and exciting expedition, the reporter got a chance to explore one of the most beautiful but one of the least accessible parts of our planet that gets only a thousand visitors a year because of its harsh climate and inhospitable environment.

“A person must have some alone time, so one could look at how he lived, what he’s done, was it right or wrong… This place is predisposed for that,” says Victor Boyarski, a veteran polar explorer.

The endless white views of the Arctic Ocean and the North Pole fascinate and inspire but hide countless dangers. Apart from the shining white-blue icebergs that never stop reminding of the Titanic’s fate, there are wild animals and extreme weather conditions.

At first glance, life on an icebreaker doesn’t seem that different from a stay in a good hotel: there is a restaurant, a conference room, and even a swimming pool on board. However, it’s not that simple. If you decide to go on an expedition to the North Pole, get ready for the swell, the winds, and…no internet or even mobile reception.

How did Konstantin and his crew members cope with these hardships?

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