Secrets of a Frozen Ocean – was awarded Best Documentary at the New York City International Film Festival 2018

In 2014 Kristoffersen set out on a 12-month polar expedition in a small hovercraft (R/H SABVABAA) together with the experienced ice-sea adventurer, Audun Tholfsen. All this happened under the direction of Kristoffersen's long-standing workplace The Nansen Center in Bergen.


Secrets of a Frozen OceanSecrets of a Frozen OceanThe film crew behind the documentary “Secrets of A Frozen Ocean” followed Kristoffersen and Tholfsen on their on the exciting research expedition in a very harsh and extreme environment. Shortly ago, the documentary by Neil and Ariel Weisbrod was awarded Best Documentary during the New York City International Film Festival.


You can see the official trailer here


Yngve Kristoffersen (75), a geology professor at the University of Bergen, has several expeditions in the Polar Sea. He has crossed Greenland on skis, and he has been skiing and kayaking from North Pole to Svalbard, a journey of 72 days. Their destination for this research expedition was the most remote areas of the Arctic.


The research

The purpose of the sensational ice flood stay was pure research. They collected samples from the seabed 1000 to 3000 meters below the ice flood. In this way he and other researchers will be able to document the climate around the North Pole from the time before the last 60 million years. At that time, the Polar Sea was a closed pool. And the sea temperature was at full plus ten degrees.


Across the Arctic Ocean there is a huge underwater mountain range - Lomonosov back. It was a million years ago a part of the continental shelf to Svalbard. On the slopes in this back there are unspoilt sediments - landfills from land that are led to the sea by rivers. Elsewhere, these sediments are destroyed, but on the Lomonosov spine they are intact. And the layers can be read by geologists - they reveal the story.


The expedition team also took samples that could shed light on how the sea ice and the huge Greenland ice-cream behaved during the warm climatic periods that have been the last couple of hundred thousand years.


Congratulations on the award


You can read more about the expedition (Norwegian:

VG 2. september 2014

VG 26. august 2015

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