Icebreaker Documentaries

Check out RTD's icebreaker documentaries. These giant ships cut through the ice to navigate frozen waters in the Arctic and Antarctica. Head north or south, to the very edges of the world aboard some of these amazing icebreakers. 

The Akademik Tryoshnikov is wedged into an Arctic Ocean ice floe.
The Akademik Tryoshnikov is wedged into an Arctic Ocean ice floe.

The Akademik Tryoshnikov makes its way to the 80th parallel north to carry Russian researchers on a vital mission. It’s part of the experimental polar mission, ‘Transarktika-2019’, set up to replace the traditional stations that are no longer viable due to melting ice caps.

Or join the crew aboard the Akademik Fyodorov, the flagship of Russia’s polar research fleet, as it crosses the whole planet to deliver scientists and provisions from Saint Petersburg to southern polar stations. 

View from the Russian scientific research vessel, Akademik Fyodorov.
View from the Russian scientific research vessel, Akademik Fyodorov.

Russias has an impressive fleet of nuclear-powered ice breakers, such as Taymyr, Vaygach and 50 years of Victory. Each one is capable of cutting through Arctic ice up to three metres thick. These vessels pave the way for commercial and military ships navigating the vital Northern Sea Routes.




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