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.
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.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. The whaler at St. Lawrence Island. Natives on dog sledges arrive at the ship. Dogs and sledges near the ship. Natives wrestle on the ice, bare skinned and at 20 degrees below 0 temperature. The whaler in the background.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. The whaler at St. Lawrence Island in Alaska. The crew visits the village of Gambell. Tents in the village. Dogs with sledges. Native women with children on their shoulders. Native families. Dogs lie on the ground.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. Natives of Gambell village go walrus hunting. A native with a harpoon. Walruses on the ice sheet. Man strikes the walrus with a harpoon. The walrus dives. Skin and floats are attaches to the line as a drag. Walrus in water. Natives in a boat. Natives pose with walrus tusks aboard the whaler.