#1. Svalbard, Norway
Our return included an overnight stop on this old ship trapped in the sea ice. Surrounded by sled dogs and still stuck firmly in the sea ice, it gave us a real taste of what polar expeditions were like a century ago. The ship was our return to walking on solid floors, sleeping in warm beds and the cabin's curtains gave us chance to sleep in the darkness again after 2 weeks of constant light. We looked at hiking the terrain around the ship next day, but were all too beat to drag ourselves back out into the 15F temperatures.
The story, written and shot by Dan Milner, features Terje Haakonsen and Jeremy Jones shredding a chain of islands on the far Northern reaches of a Norway, only 700 miles from the North Pole. Polar bears are a real threat as is the remoteness. Part of the two-year splitboard film project Further, the crew tackles massive 2,000-foot long, 50-degree couloirs and returns to tell about it.