This film, based on real-life events, follows Salomon August Andrée (Max von Sydow), a daring Swedish engineer who attempts to reach the North Pole via hot-air balloon. Joined by his loyal companions, Knut Fraenkel (Sverre Anker Ousdal) and Nils Strindberg (Göran Stangertz), Andrée departs from northern Norway in his balloon, but he and his partners don't make it far before complications ensue. Once the balloon crashes and the men are stranded on the ice, the expedition veers towards tragedy.
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