Russian amphibious cars crossed the Arctic Ocean

Posted: May 01, 2013 10:07 pm EDT

(Newsdesk) Vasily Elagin and his team did it in 61 days; on April 30 they completed a sea ice crossing from Russian to Canada via the Geographic North Pole in their Yemelya-3 and Yemelya-4 amphibious vehicles designed by Vasily Elagin for transportation over ice floes and thin ice of the Arctic Ocean.

They reported the following details:

Coordinates N 83° 07.945, W 075° 58.878.
they left the ice at 21.20.
Odometer reads 2632 km.
2430 km of ice.
Used 2200 liters of fuel. On the drifting ice, including consumption, heaters, with heavy trailers and off-road the consumption was 42 l/100 km.
The weather is good,-16 degrees, no wind.
Getting ready for the road to Resolute Bay.

The last 50 km to the Canadian coast was a challenge, reported Vasily. The difficulty compared with the hummocks in the Laptev Sea when they left Russia.

Although they have reached land it is too early to relax, he says (Bing tranlation), "to the village of Resolute, even by Russian standards, it's not close, 1500 km. The Canadian Ice Service, who kindly provides us with satellite imagery and professional commentaries, warned of open water and meeting with pressures of hummocks at the shore."

The cars left Russia on March 1, reached the North Pole (90°N) on April 6 and spent in total 61 days on the ice.

In 2009 two amphibious vehicles of MLAE-2009, Yemelya-1 and Yemelya-2, reached the Geographic North Pole after traversing 2033 km from Sredniy Island in the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago to 90°N. This year Yemelya-3 and Yemelya-4 are used by the Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 to attempt to go beyond the North Pole to Resolute Bay, Canada, 74°41′N, 094°52′W.

The Marine Live-ice Automobile Expedition-2013 (MLAE-2013) has started driving from the Russian polar station at Golomânnyj (N79° 33') on March 1st, where they greeted the border guards. After 37 days they reached the Geographic North Pole on April 6, 2013.

The 2013 team is Elagin Vasily (leader, vehicle designer and builder), Makovnev Afanasy (deputy leader), Vankov Andrey (driver-mechanic), Obikhod Vladimir (driver-mechanic), Shkrabkin Alexey (driver-mechanic), Kozlov Nikolai (doctor), and Isaev Sergey (driver-mechanic).

Yemelya is an amphibious vehicle designed for transportation over ice floes and thin ice of the Arctic Ocean. Its six wheels are dressed with special low pressure tires inflated to the mere 0,7 bar. The gross vehicle weight is under 1,5 tons while the total water displacement of the six inflated tires constitutes 4 tons resulting in the very shallow draft of the vehicle body in water - just 10 centimeters.

Despite the large profile and windage characteristics of vehicle’s body, its spinning wheels are capable of propelling at the speed of 2-3 km/h on the open water. The vehicle tows three single-axel trailers each loaded with a pair of 200 L fuel barrels and six 130 L plastic containers for food and gear.

Read more Yemelya specifications here.

Expedition links:

North Pole to Greenland blog Follow their daily dispatched in the live stream on ExplorersWeb and on the Pythom App.

Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov's website

Fyodor/Fedor Konyukhov on Facebook

MLAE-2013 website

MLAE-2013 tracking

MLAE on Facebook

Barneo Ice Camp Closed April 22, 2013.

Canadian Ice Service

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Fuel consumption was 42 l/100 km.
courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE
Route finding.
courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE
courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE
The gun... No polar bears in sight?
courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE
Driving on thin ice.
courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE
Yemelya-3 and Yemelya-4 near Canada.
courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE
Canadian Ice Service provides "satellite imagery and professional commentaries".
Image by RADARSAT courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE
Ocean crossing.
courtesy MLAE 2013, SOURCE