Welcome to Leningradskaya Station
Perched atop the 304m Leningradsky nunatak (mountain or large piece of rock sticking up through an ice sheet) behind a 220m sea cliff, Leningradskaya (www.aari.ru) opened in 1971. Resupplying the station was always difficult, however, because of heavy pack ice. Even icebreakers were sometimes trapped for months, so the station closed in 1991. The first tourists came by helicopter only in February 2002. Starting in 2012, the Russians began using the area again, and automated meteorological and geodetic stations operate year-round.