Cruise of the whaler 'Herman'. Glaciers and ice sheets in the Arctic. Dogs pull men on sledges across the terrain. They reach a ship at the edge of the ice sheet. A man waiting there greets the native. Crew dancing on the ship. Native children dance. Natives load up sleds with purchases. Ship sails through open waters. Bird in the sky. Vast ocean ahead. A hunting party is sighted in the distance in East Cape. They are adrift on an ice floe. A tent on the floe. Some of the crew row in a small boat up to the floe. They find a sick man in the tent, Captain Robert Bartlett's native guide. They check the man, carry him to the boat and take him to the ship.
The whaler 'Herman' returns home. A glimpse of the midnight sun. Man handles the steering wheel of the ship during stormy weather. Waves splash over the deck. Men work to control the ship, adjust sails. Pressure from ice packs against the shore piles the ice up in large ridges. The large ridges in the water. The crew on the ship. The ship touches San Francisco. A pier on the coast.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. A dog mobile railroad at Nome in Alaska. Dogs pull the rail car with people seated in it. The 50 miles long railroad. Herman in the docks. Crew waves to the natives as they depart. Herman arrives at Port Clarence. A fishing camp on the beach. Natives near tents at the camp. A native woman seated.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. The whaler at sea as it approaches first ice. Ice sheets in view. The bow of the ship breaks through young ice. Ship crosses between ice sheets. Large ice sheets in the water.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. The whaler enroute to Herschel Island. Captain Pedersen on the bridge. He looks through a telescope for an opening in the ice. Ice sheets. The crew rigs out the ice breaker. The ice breaker cuts through the ice sheet as the ship advances.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. Polar bear hunting on Herschel Island. A Polar bear eating a seal on an ice floe. He jumps into the water and swims towards the shore. The bear comes ashore and runs inward. The crew in boats follow him ashore. They shoot the bear. Men hold the bear's mouth open. The dead bear. The dead seal on the floe.