We visited several locations in the White Sea over several days. Some were islands and some were on the mainland. Our first stop was Kuzova Island, where we would see some more ancient monuments -- and some modern research.



Kuzova Island Landing

Overnight our ship cruised from Solovetski to a nearby island. Imagine our surprise to find this encampment of Russian students and professors. They were investigating (I am not making this up) whether yogic meditation could lengthen the time they spent immersed in the frigid water.


Pretty soon the "long walkers" left the others behind and started up the mountain.

Tom Sharpe, in the center of the picture, was our travelling geologist. He was in hog heaven throughout this trip. We saw lots of old rocks!

Zodiac arriving at Kuzova

We had a scramble to get to the top of this rocky island, but the views were magnificent. Zodiacs were busily shuttling folks between the island and the ship.

Of course, it was even more of a scramble getting back down!

Kusova Labyrinth

Once we reached the summit the labyrinth was worth the struggle. Not to mention the stunning view!


There were numerous other monuments as well. Some of these cairns were ancient but many more were modern. I can't guess which were which.

Kusova Long Walkers

The few, the proud! We're on top of the world.

It was yet another glorious day. We continued to marvel at the mild weather and calm seas.


The entire archipelago seemed to be at our feet.


But we had another island to visit that afternoon, so we had to return to the ship for a trip back to Great Solovetsky Island.

Returning to the ship

The Island Sky was well set up for Zodiac excursions. There were always two assistants to grab our stuff and help us up. We were fortunate with the calm seas. Scrambling from a Zodiac to a ship can get way too exciting in heavy seas.

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