Two U.S. submarines meet at the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. The nuclear submarines 'Skate' and 'Seadragon' arrive on the surface in the Arctic. Men stand on the surface. They exchange flags and souvenirs. They discuss amongst themselves.
Russian scientists rescued from Arctic ice-floe in the Arctic Ocean. Tents of the scientists in the frozen area. The scientists are wearing coats and woolen hats. A ship arrives for help. Two men on the ship. A scientist looks through binoculars. The scientists hold a flag and wave at the ship.
German Chancellor Adolf Hitler's companion Eva Braun's family aboard a ship underway in the North Atlantic Ocean. Men from Eva's family and others clad in white clothes come on to the deck of the ship for a Line Crossing ceremony (probably to mark crossing of the Arctic Circle). Those conducting the ceremony are dressed in costumes, some as warriors. One is dressed as King Neptune. Ceremony being performed on the deck to initiate those who are crossing the line (Arctic circle) for the first time. Officers and other passengers look on. The new initiates are subjected to many hijinks, such as mock shaving for the men. The affair is terminated as the intitiates are prodded into the swimming pool aboard the ship. Some of them are being thrown into the pool as others look on.
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.
Animated map of worlds oceans, showing "rings of fire" where tectonic plates are in various states of relative motion. Scene shifts to drilling rig on the research vessel, Glomar Challenger. Scene of arctic conditions, with heavy coatings of ice seen on the vessel. Drilling crew continues work on the Glomar Challenger, in spite of the weather. Crew member's feet sliding across the deck. Crew continues "roughneck" work of drilling and use Acetylene Torch and hammer to keep equipment free and moving. Crew with core sections, retrieved from deep ocean floor. they cut them with hacksaw and bind them. Views of deck in harsh weather. Radar antenna in motion.
Russia's atom powered icebreaker on its first operational voyage in Arctic. It brings supplies and equipment to the Arctic for establishing a scientific outpost on an ice floe. Interior of the icebreaker. Men discuss a map. Other vehicles on snow. Men stand. Houses in the background. A flag hoisted. Men gather around the flag.