The Polar Sea
Ep: 2 "Sailing Ice"
Year:
2015
Nowhere on Earth is warming as quickly as the Arctic and nowhere are the impacts as dramatic. This fascinating ten-part series follows an expedition through the legendary Northwest Passage. As we follow the expedition across the polar sea, we meet scientists trying to understand the complex phenomenon of Arctic climate change, and talented artists who are capturing the mood of the Arctic’s inevitably changing cultures.
Episodes
Ep 1
The New Everest
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Ep 2
Sailing Ice
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Ep 3
Legends of Food
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Ep 4
Wild Science
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Ep 5
Arctic Exiles
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Ep 6
Surviving Civilization
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Ep 7
Arctic Crossroads
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Ep 8
Melting Land
Watch April 5, 7:00pm
Ep 9
Striking Oil
Watch April 12, 7:00pm
Ep 10
A Passage to the Future
Watch April 19, 7:00pm
The New Everest
In his quest to navigate the famed Northwest Passage, Richard Tegner, an ordinary Swedish man, heads to Greenland, where the melting glacier is changing the nation's fortunes in unforeseen ways. (1 of 10)
Sailing Ice
The voyagers must learn to navigate Arctic waters and the discomforts of long confinement in a small vessel. (2 of 10)
Legends of Food
The explorers cross Baffin Bay to land in the tiny Inuit village of Pond Inlet, where climate change has meant an unprecedented wave of tourists. (3 of 10)
Wild Science
The voyagers depart for Lancaster Sound, a land teeming with whales, birds and bears. (4 of 10)
Arctic Exiles
Crossing the Northwest Passage remains an immense challenge despite melting ice. Some explorers break down and fall back, leaving others exiled. Just such a calamity forces Richard into hitchhiking through the passage. (5 of 10)
Surviving Civilization
Deep in the Northwest Passage we enter a surreal world where civilization has had very mixed results. (6 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Sun Mar 26, 2:00pm
Arctic Crossroads
Late August finds our explorers at the halfway point of the Northwest Passage, racing against the return of winter. (7 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Mar 29, 7:00pm
Wed Mar 29, 11:00pm
Thu Mar 30, 6:00pm
Sun Apr 2, 2:00pm
Melting Land
Richard Tegner hitches a new and luxurious ride and sails west along a melting coast. Climate change is turning the Arctic green before our explorers' eyes and the consequences are as complex as they are frightening. (8 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Apr 5, 7:00pm
Wed Apr 5, 11:00pm
Thu Apr 6, 6:00pm
Sun Apr 9, 2:00pm
Striking Oil
Entering Alaska, the Northwest Passage transforms from wild terrain into an industrial corridor lined with oil rigs. (9 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Apr 12, 7:00pm
Wed Apr 12, 11:00pm
Thu Apr 13, 6:00pm
Sun Apr 16, 2:00pm
A Passage to the Future
Threading between the Diomede Islands - one American, the other Russian - our explorers finally exit the Bering Strait and complete the Northwest Passage. (10 of 10)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Wed Apr 19, 7:00pm
Wed Apr 19, 11:00pm
Thu Apr 20, 6:00pm
Sun Apr 23, 2:00pm
Interview
Richard Tegnér: The Arctic Hitchhiker
At the centre of The Polar Sea expedition was a Swedish architect on an old sailboat…

“The sun was shining and I said to myself, this is what I came for – to feel this huge landscape where you’re like a little mosquito in this fantastic wilderness space.”
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