Exploring Russia's Spectacular Arctic Islands

Russia's Franz Josef Land is a stunning realm of polar bears and soaring birds. An international team of experts traveled to this remote archipelago for a wide-ranging ecological survey in 2013. Here, they describe why this one-of-a-kind ecosystem is worth protecting.

Click to read more about Franz Josef Land online in National Geographic magazine.

Click to learn more about this and other Pristine Seas expeditions.