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Baffin Babes: 80 Days in the Arctic

Production year: 2011 | 1*29 | Genres: Nature
Follow the adventures of four young Nordic women
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Baffin Babes: 80 Days in the Arctic
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

In this documentary we follow the adventures of four cheerful, life-affirming and dauntless young women who set out to challenge snow, ice and bitter cold, conditions made worse by the stresses and strains imposed by cramped living quarters, on an 80-day journey through the varied landscape and awe-inspiring scenery of Baffin Island.

In the winter of 2009 four young Scandinavian women - the Baffin Babes of the title - undertook a gruelling 1200-km trek across Baffin Island in the Canadian arctic. Over a period of 80 days the girls covered the distance on skis, hauling laden sledges weighing 120 kg each across wide expanses of pack ice, skirting tortuous inlets hemmed in by precipitous walls of rock, and over treacherous glaciers. Temperatures often fell to 40 degrees below zero and it took four sleeping-bags each to keep warm! With polar bears an ever-present hazard and only a pump action rifle for protection, the girls camped huddled together in a space of four square metres - which tried both their friendship and spirit of cooperation to the utmost.

Baffin Babes is the story of an expedition that is unique in more ways than one. Sustained throughout by good humour and a positive approach to the task confronting them, even after ten-hour slogs on skis the girls took time out to do aerobics in the snow and to bathe in breathing holes left by seals. This film breaks new ground in what was previously a male-dominated domain and shows that, notwithstanding back-breaking toil and mind-numbing cold, the important thing is to enjoy what one is doing and to have fun en route. With this expedition the girls elevated arctic adventure to new heights. Their one advantage was that they never had to contend with ice-encrusted beards!

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