I will never forget my feeling of the Arctic I became during one of my expeditions. We were three people going on ice by a cross-country vehicle five kilometers from the bank, not far from the cape Chelyuskin. As I can remember, it was the end of April, -20 degrees and the posh sunny windless weather. I was going on the head of the vehicle enjoying the views around: the white snow, the snow-white mountains on the coast, the blue sky and the bright sun. The snow was hard and we were going fast on the thin crust of ice. I got a feeling that I was the owner of the Earth. Everything was easy and simple, we had already been racing for many kilometers and every moment could turn anywhere and theoretically we could reach any mountain and we could do anything we would only wish. I felt happy about that feeling and the view around. But suddenly I had an idea that all that was very unreliable and doubtful. That would be enough if the cross-country vehicle broke down. Let us suppose, the radiator could just break through, and we would face a very miserable situation: the nearest people would be ten kilometers away, no food, too far away for the radio communication. And if the snowstorm began at that moment, the question of our survival would be controversial. We, "the owners of the Earth" would suddenly become dependent on very unsafe things. Besides, the surrounding Earth with its mountains, sea, tundra, ice, wouldn't even notice our disastrous state. The obviousness, that a person individually is a small grain of sand in comparison with the Earth and with the Arctic, was displayed to me very brightly. I remember that feeling very well,
by the way, it was confirmed many times later.
I like the North. I have been in different countries of the world, but answering the question about the brightest impressions I would first of all remember about the North. After all, people are attached to the brightest impressions in their lives. And the life in the extreme North is extreme, I mean it differs from some routine life in other places, so people always remember about it. Although, the most of them they don't want to return to it in the reality.