Expeditions to unique places in Russia with Geosciences trainings.

For students, teaching and academic staff
  • 10-14-day trainings in natural sciences in three unique places in Russia. The trainings will be held from May to September 2023
  • You will study science in English
  • Geo sciences studied in the expedition: geophysics, geology, geochemistry, paleontology, ecology and biology
  • Group size from 6 to 12 persons
  • Locations: Lake Baikal, the White Sea, Lake Onega. With a visit to St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • You are expected to go to remote picturesque islands, climb a volcano, walk through the taiga forest, visit a local geological or ethnographic museum.
  • The expedition is carried out on a scientific vessel with all the modern equipment necessary for conducting research. You will have personal protective equipment.
  • You will stay in a comfortable, eco-friendly hotel on the coast and spend the main part of the training on a scientific vessel. Where you will taste national specialties and local delicacies
  • The trainings are conducted by: professors, doctors and candidates of natural sciences of Lomonosov Moscow State University and specialists of the scientific company “Split".
  • And, of course, you will find new interesting acquaintances with the mastodons of sciences, who have been on many scientific expeditions
DAY 1 Arrival to Moscow/St.Petersburg
DAY 2 Transfer to Location (Lake Baikal, the White Sea, lake Onega)
DAY 3 Ultra high resolution seismic survey at shallow water polygon
DAY 4 Ecological survey within as part of regular monitoring program
DAY 5 Bottom sampling and research of bottom sediments at shallow water polygon
DAY 6 Underwater landscapes and its inhabitants
DAY 7-8 Geological route along the coast and foothills
DAY 9 Transfer. Visit to the historical sites and scientific centers and museums
DAY 10 Departure

Approximate schedule
The tour can be supplemented with a visit and acquaintance with the most interesting places of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
About US

“Split” scientific company specializes in marine geophysical survey and together with geological and biological faculties of Moscow State University has a substantial experience in managing training sessions and lecture courses for students, teaching/academic staff, corporate specialists in the following areas: geophysical survey, geological exploration, biological research, ecological monitoring, geochemical studies and paleontology.

“Split” scientific company is a long-time participant of the scientific and educational program "Floating University" under the auspices of UNESCO. Within the program, future scientists work and are trained in real production conditions, in accordance with the concept of "Training through research” in marine geophysics, geology, biology and ecology.

Professors, doctors and candidates of geosciences of Moscow State University as well as experts of “Split” company are involved and conduct training sessions.

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Location ONE

Welcome to the heart of Siberia, an incredibly beautiful place on our planet!

Baykal is a rift lake in Russia. It is situated in southern Siberia. Baikal is the world's largest freshwater lake by volume, containing 22–23% of the world's fresh surface water. It is the world's deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 1,642 metres and the world's oldest lake, at 25–30 million years. It is among the world's clearest lakes.

You will admire the picturesque landscapes of lake Baikal, traveling on the Circum-Baikal Railway - a historical route that organically fits into the local landscape. The slopes facing Baikal are very steep in many places, cut through by narrow but deep valleys, sometimes rising almost vertically above the lake. Stay in a comfortable eco-friendly hotel in the village of Listvyanka, which is located on the very shore of Baikal. Relax in the Russian bath. Next, you will have an interesting expedition to Baikal, in which, in addition to lectures and practice, you will visit the island of Olkhon.

Olkhon is one of the nine shrines of Asia. The largest island of the lake and the only one on which settlements exist. Isolation from the mainland contributed to the formation of a unique microclimate on the island, Olkhon Island has only 48 cloudy days a year. The amount of precipitation per year on average does not exceed 140 mm. The inaccessibility helped the indigenous people to carry and preserve their customs through time.

You will walk along the ecological route along Lake Baikal. Carbonate and silicate strongly dislocated and metamorphosed rocks of the Archean and Proterozoic are common here, as well as platform terrigenous and carbonate cemented and modified deposits, often crumpled into narrow linear folds of the northeastern strike.

We will visit the Source of the Angara (observation deck) and the Chersky Stone (a path leads to the top from the cable car).

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Location TWO
Travel to a unique place near the Arctic Circle, which is part of the Arctic Ocean basin. The salinity level of sea water is quite low and is up to 31 pm.
You will be in a remote place from civilization, which has been studied by geophysicists, geologists, biologists, zoologists, ecologists and paleontologists for almost a century.
You will settle in a wooden cottage located on the picturesque shore of the White Sea. The rooms offer a quiet view of the bay or the northern taiga forest. In the evening, you can drink fragrant tea from mountain herbs or famous berry infusions on the terrace.
The bravest will be engaged in freediving. The dive will take place in a warm wetsuit under the guidance of a professional instructor. Instructors will introduce you to the diversity of the underwater world. The waters of the White Sea are rich in a variety of flora and fauna. Here you will see thickets of seaweed, ficus, colonies of jellyfish aurelius and sea anemones metridiums, a huge number of shrimps, hermit crabs, spider crabs, sea urchins, worms of all shapes and nudibranchs in the natural environment.

Next, you will have a sea expedition on a scientific vessel equipped with all the necessary equipment for conducting research. During the expedition you will visit the Solovetsky Islands. And upon returning to the land, you will go on a geological and biological land expedition in the northern taiga forest. You will walk along the rocky coastline, rich with biological and geological sites, which you need to get acquainted with in order to understand of the nature of the Russian North.

The Solovetsky Islands, a land of harsh northern nature, is the largest archipelago of the White Sea by area. On the Solovetsky Islands, everything impresses with its solidity and inviolability: the grandiose stone walls of the Kremlin, roads and a dam on a boulder foundation, which have not been repaired for hundreds of years, but still serve people. Dozens of kilometers of man-made canals connecting hundreds of lakes of divine beauty, endless meadows created by working monks are amazing.
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Location THREE
Lake Onega is a huge freshwater reservoir in the northwest Of Russia.The mirror area of Onega is 9720 km. The average depth of the lake is 31 m, the maximum depth reaches 127 m.
Travellers are attracted here by the ancient history of the region, the strict beauty of northern nature, the romance of summer white nights.
Your trip will start from Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia. You will stay at the Fregat Hotel located in a green corner of Petrozavodsk, on the very shore of Onega, next to the picturesque embankment. And 200 meters from the Alexandrovskaya pier.
A trip to Kizhi Island awaits you. A small island lost in Onega is one of the largest open-air museums in Russia. This is a unique historical, cultural and natural complex, which is included in the UNESCO list. A World Cultural and Natural Heritage site. You will get there on the "Rocket" — a passenger river speedboat with hydrofoils.
After resting after the flight and visiting an interesting excursion, you will go on an expedition on a scientific vessel. On board the ship there is everything you need to conduct various studies.

As part of an expedition, you will spend one day on the east coast of Onega near the peninsula of the Demons Nose. Where petroglyphs, about 5-6 thousand years old, are scattered in scattered groups on the rocks. Basically, these are images of birds (swans), forest animals, people and boats. The dimensions of the figures reach up to 4 m.

And when you return to the land, you will go along the geological route. In which you will visit the extinct Givars volcano, take the ferry to the White Mountain - the oldest marble quarry in Russia and visit the Kivach Nature Reserve

TThe Kivach Nature Reserve is one of the oldest in Russia. White nights, harsh rocks, evergreen giant forests, blue lakes and stormy rivers connecting them, which roll their waters over numerous rapids, are characteristic features of the nature of this northern region. Kivach can rightfully be called Karelia in miniature.
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