AKHMATOV GULF (Severnia Zemlia)
Akhmatov Gulf is also known as Akhmatov Bay and Akhmatov Fjord. It is a deep, glacially carved arm that runs almost mid-way through the mass of Bolshevik Island, the southernmost island of Severnaya Zemlya in far northern Russia. The fjord has a wide mouth (approx. 9 nautical miles across) on the island’s northeastern side and is clogged by ice much of the year. Steep, ice-polished mountain slopes drop into the water on either side of the broad channel. The gulf extends inland for just over 30 nautical miles and was named in 1913 after the Russian hydrographer who surveyed it on behalf of the Russian Hydrographic Service. The inner reaches of the fjord are narrower, at less than three nautical miles in width and if conditions allow, can be explored in search of wildlife and its stunning, bleak landscapes.