On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the first Russian round-the-world expedition, two peaks on Kamchatka (the peninsula in the northeast of the Russian Far East which is washed by the Sea of Okhotsk and the Barents Sea) will be given the names of Ivan Krusenstern and Yury Lisyansky.
On August 13, an expedition of Kamchatka students of local lore will go the Nalychevo natural park. They will climb two peaks of about 1,000 metres each. It is these peaks that will be given the names of famous Russian travelers.
Under the command of Krusenstern and Lisyansky the Neva and Nadezhda ships went to the shores of Brazil, then circled Cape Horn, passed the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia) and reached the Hawaii Islands by June 1804.
From the Hawaii Islands the ship Nadezhda with Krusenstern set off for Kamchatka, while the Neva with Lisyansky - for the American continent, the Kodiak Island, at which it arrived on June 13, 1804. Both ships went back around the Cape of Good Hope.
On August 5, 1806 the Neva reached the Russian port of Kronstadt (the base of the Baltic Fleet on the Kotlin Island in the Gulf of Finland) and was the first to complete the voyage round the world. The Neva sailed for three years and covered 45,000 nautical miles. The Nadezhda with captain Krusenstern returned on August 19.
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