Oceans Arctic Expedition June 2008 BBC2

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Today's report: View from the clouds | Cold weather training | Impressions of Svalbard


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.

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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.

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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.

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