Arctic Expeditions - Copyright: René Robert

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Arctic Expeditions

Client: Alain Hubert

I met Alain Hubert a while ago and accompanied him for several of his Antarctic Expeditions. This time, I was with him when he started another expedition in the Arctic

After having done his crossing of the Antarctic, Alain decided to try to replicate the adventure, but this time in the Arctic.

For the Arctic Arc expedition, Alain and Dixie Dansecoer planned to cross the Arctic from Russia to Greenland via the North Pole. That means they were both pulling very heavy sledges containing all they needed to survive during roughly two months.

These expeditions were sponsored by Compaq and Rolex, which means I was also in charge of providing branding and marketing material for those brands.

Selected Pictures

Russian Arctic

-50°C on the tarmac ... freezing cold.

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Dudinka

The street of the Russian port of Dudinka, one of the gateways to the Russian Arctic.

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Midnight sun

Got out to shoot some pictures. I have to be very careful with these temperatures. February in Russia.

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MI8

The infamous Russian helicopter. These old machines can withstand the cold like no others.

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In Flight

My view from the helicopter on our way to the dropping point.

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Gone

Here they go. See you in a few months, guys.

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Alain and his sledge

This sledge is their lifeline for this Arctic crossing.

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Right before going

I have seen those eyes before, but this is always a very emotional moment.

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The pack

Ice doesn't completely freeze anymore in the area. Now I have witnessed the effects of climate change in Russia.

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3 friends

Alain Hubert, Dixie Dansercoer and Viktor Boyarski right before the departure.

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