Three very different landscapes are dominant in northern Scandinavia; the woods stretching to Siberia, the harsh long coastline of NonNay with its mysterious deep fjords all the way to Svalbard, and the inner highlands and mountains shaped by shifting ice ages.
In each of these dramatic environments, the series covers a number of iconic species which have adapted to life here including polar bears, brown bears, wolves, elks, walruses and whales. Seasoned local filmmakers Arne Naevra and Torgeir La nde have been studying the wildlife in this region for many years, enduring harsh conditions and ever present danger to record some of the most breathtaking images ever filmed.
In the mountainous highlands we encounter two endangered predators, both relying on a plentiful supply of lemmings. Luckily there has been a surge in the lemming population over the past few years enabling both the Arctic Fox and the Snow Owl to flourish and breed successfully. We also follow large herds of reindeer as they wander the plains in a spectacular eternal migration, encountering their own breeding challenges. Foxes, ravens and eagles are on a constant lookout for food and they track the herds relentlessly.
Deep in the forest a female bear and three cubs emerge in the sunshine after hibernation. The first priority for the mother is to find food — and quickly, or her cubs will starve. After several missed attempts, the bear has to call on all its cunning and hunting skills to capture a meal. Meanwhile, forest hunters such as the Scandinavian eagle unleash a reign of terror on forest rodents.
Far north in Svalbard, the polar bear depends on the ice to hunt seals. But with the ice receding, it has been forced to turn its attentions to a larger, trickier prey—the walrus. After several attempts the polar bear’s hunt is ultimately unsuccessful and it must resort to scavenging to avoid starvation. Meanwhile, in NonNay’s spectacular fjords, large pods of Killer whales team up to hunt seals and porpoises while Sea eagles and Bald eagles dive-bomb the ocean on the hunt for fish or pluck small birds from the skies.
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