CNN PRODUCER NOTE konacraig took these photos during an adventurous expedition in 2010 to the snow-swathed and remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. 'None of [the six of us] had formal training or experience in this type of extreme environment,' he said. After a bout of severe freezing cold where temperatures dipped to negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit, 'the snow drifts caused several of our tents to cave in. I received frost bite on my face. Our five layers of clothes and our arctic single-man tents were our shelter. After five days the weather cleared and we found polar bears on the sheet ice. We then made our way back to Svalbard taking 10 hours, getting lost, navigating large snow drifts and flipping several snowmobiles as we made our way through some rather treacherous terrain.'
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer