Cast & Crew
Robert De Hoog
In 1596, a famous Dutch sea-faring expedition goes horribly wrong . Convinced of the existence of a passage to China and the Indies somewhere northeast of Norway and past Russia,the cartographer and captain William Barents sets out to find out for the third and final time. Traveling with Barents is Gerrit, a young cabin boy, who has joined the crew as a way of proving his love for the daughter of a local pastor. Despite leaving in summer, the ship eventually finds itself stranded between moving ice sheets close to the island of Nova Zembla, where the crew builds a hut and attempts to survive the deadly "white bears," the bitter frost, the lack of fresh food to the most difficult hurdle of all, the wavering mental state of the crew who for months of shivering "closely together" are on the brink of going mad.