The use of icebreakers to take tourists for a transit from Murmansk to the North Pole, a barbeque, a glass of champagne, and a photo op. There have been one hundred such trips in recent years. Some more adventurous types have reached the North Pole by dogsled, snow mobile, or airplane. Polar research is one thing, but barbeques and selfies are excessive, to say the least, in such a fragile environment.
A beautiful article by Dennis L. Bryant. Click any of the images to download the full article.