1. Arrival

Funk Island is 40km east of Fogo Island off the coast of Newfoundland.

Getting to Funk Island, requires a 5 hour boat trip. It is an inhospitable environment for humans – a bare rock fully exposed to the unpredictable, and uncompromising moods of wind and water. There are few places to land and, depending on ocean conditions, it is often impossible to get on or off the island. Scientists working here must bring everything they need to survive. There is no water and no fuel. In this episode, Bill and his research assistant, Seth Bennett get ashore with the help of fishermen, set up camp and consider the work that lies ahead.