In the snow-covered Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, a group of explorers take a raft out into the surrounding icy waters. But as the team drift across the calm seas, they realize that something incredible is lurking just beneath the surface. And soon the explorers spot the skeletal remains of a great sea beast stretching out, it seems, endlessly below them.
Located in the far north of our planet, the Arctic is a place where wintry conditions reign all year round. Much of the region is in fact covered in snow and ice – like some fairytale land – even during the summer. And winter, on the other hand, can sometimes see entire months go by without so much as a ray of sun touching its territories.
This is quite some territory too. Spread across roughly 5.5 million square miles, the Arctic actually covers the northernmost reaches of Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Sweden, Norway and Russia as well as the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas. And within its frozen landscape, temperatures can hit as low as -90 °F. In fact, even during the middle of summer the mercury hovers at between 14 and 50 °F.