At the end of the earth, there’s a lonely weather station on the shores of the freezing Barents Sea. It is staffed by three people, each working a year-long work shift. They are waiting for a ship – their only connection to the mainland. Until it comes, they must try and stay sane.
James Brown joins the crew of a fishing trawler to learn what working at sea is like. He spends three weeks on the open seas and has a go at various jobs and tasks of a seaman’s life. With his fiancée waiting for him ashore, he has to work very hard to fill the ship’s hold and come back in time for his own wedding.
“Keldysh” is Russia’s famous research vessel. She’s heading towards the Arctic Circle on a mission to collect important underwater samples. One of the scientists aboard helped draft Russia’s Arctic shelf claim, submitted to the UN. He explains the science behind it.