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 throughout the month.
Photographer Andrey Kameney captures the first sighting of land- Alexandra Land- one of 191 islands that make up the greater archipelago Franz Josef Land. After three days of deserted horizons, the expedition team feasts their eyes on the magnificent glacier-covered cliff side. (More beautiful horizon photos)
The Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land expedition is sponsored by Blancpain and Davidoff Cool Water.