View from the clouds
Expedition leader Paul Rose describes a breathtaking plane journey from a balmy summer's day in Oslo to the snow-capped islands of Svalbard, passing mountains and glaciers. There's still sea ice this far north and the polar guide is excited to be back in the familiar Arctic landscape.
Cold weather training
For some of the team, this environment is the coldest they've ever been in. Paul Rose, however, has vast experience as a base commander for the British Antarctic Survey. Soon after arriving in Svalbard, the group gathered so he could give them a vital introduction to staying safe (and sane) in the extreme north.
Impressions of Svalbard
By the end of day one in the Arctic, there's time for presenter Tooni Mahto to reflect on what Svalbard is like. (Answer: cold.)
Paul Rose meanwhile is already looking ahead to tomorrow's 'shakedown' (test) dive.