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A day in the life of Arctic explorers

Exploration and helicopter surveillance in the Arctic Is very, very hard work.

First of all – high speed = strong wind. When the porthole is open (and that’s really the only way to shoot anything) the camera gets snatched out of your hands, and the horizon tilts. If your porthole gets caught in a cross-wind – look out for your face and hands! Or else you’ll soon get frostbite. Videos are shot through a porthole, with the cameraman strapped in for safety.

Secondly – during flights, you can’t hear anything: headsets are for the crew only, so the rest of us have to either shout back and forth to each other, or communicate through sign language.

Thirdly – reconnaissance takes about two to three hours. And all this time the researchers and crew are screaming, freezing to death, hovering above drifting ice, and trying not just to avoid losing any equipment, but also to find narwhals and white whales – all the while trying to get some lovely footage for us all.

We get a lot of people writing in – “I want to go on an expedition too: take me with you next time!” We encourage everyone to think twice (or three times) about this, because a polar expedition is always a real challenge!