The Polar Sea

This stunning 10-part series takes viewers on a journey through the fabled, beautiful - and melting - Northwest Passage. We travel with amateur sailors, scientists, hunters and artists on a quest from Iceland to Alaska that was nearly impossible just a decade ago. Now, as the Arctic ice disappears, a surreal terrain emerges, filled with ominous dangers and seductive possibilities. Filmed from dozens of perspectives, including revolutionary 360 degree cameras, "The Polar Sea" takes you deep into a world that has never been seen until now.


Air Date: December 12, 2014 - 43:02
Two months after they began their journey, our explorers finally exit the Bering Strait and complete the Northwest Passage, but not before passing one last astonishing impact of climate change: an entire community sinking into the sea.
Air Date: December 11, 2014 - 43:05
As ice melts in the Northwest Passage, newly revealed oil and minerals create a bitter divide between petro-politics and reality.
Air Date: December 10, 2014 - 42:51
Richard Tegner has hitched a new ride and sails west along a melting coast. The consequences of climate change are as complex as they are frightening.
Air Date: December 09, 2014 - 43:12
Late August finds the explorers at the halfway point of the Northwest Passage in Cambridge Bay, racing against the return of winter.
Air Date: December 08, 2014 - 43:17
In the coastal village of Gjoa Haven deep in the Northwest Passage, modern life has had disturbing effects on a once-isolated and hardy population.
Air Date: December 05, 2014 - 42:52
Crossing the Northwest Passage remains an immense challenge despite the melting ice. Some explorers break down and fall back, leaving others exiled.
Air Date: December 04, 2014 - 43:17
Lancaster Sound, a wilderness teeming with whales, birds and bears, is being swarmed by scientists racing to understand the effects of climate change.
Air Date: December 03, 2014 - 43:19
The explorers cross Baffin Bay to the Inuit village of Pond Inlet, where the region's new accessibility has brought an unprecedented wave of tourists.
Air Date: December 02, 2014 - 43:09
In the village of Ilulissat, Greenland, Arctic voyagers assemble to prepare for their expeditions while they wait for the sea to melt.
Air Date: December 01, 2014 - 42:52
The series begins in Reykjavik, Iceland, with Richard Tegner, a Swedish man embarking on an expedition to cross the Northwest Passage with his friends.