Two adventurous Belgiums, Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer, cross the Arctic polar ice-pack in 68 days.
The great expeditions to the North Pole were legendary feats and this film, shot in impossible conditions, shows the challenge involved in the long and dangerous conquest of these expanses, the most difficult and desolate in the world. Although scrupulously prepared, the two ice travellers met with unexpected conditions, both with regard to the conformation of the ice and its sudden and unpredictable "mutations".
The film records in detail and dramatically the succession of serious difficulties and obstacles overcome by the two intrepid travellers, faced with a tremendous effort and a boundless territory, the most inhospitable one on the planet. It also permits us to examine the anomalous shrinking of the ice-pack. Is it a passing climatic situation, or are the Arctic glaciers destined to disappear?
MICHEL DE WOUTERS