On the small island of Spitsbergen in the far north of Norway stands Ny Alesund, the most northerly town in the world. If its population can go down to 20 inhabitants during the southern winter, it does not exceed 150 people in summer, mainly scientists. In fact, about 1000 km from the North Pole, the city hosts the Arctic scientific bases of more than twenty countries, including France, who have come to observe, try and understand the global climate changes that the polar lands reveal. This base is the only gateway to the North Pole for French scientific teams.
Since 2015, Paolo Verzone has been visiting Ny Alesund regularly to document the little highlighted role of these extreme scientists, at a time when they are becoming crucial to global political issues.