The BEST Episodes of Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2021


The winters are brutal in Nome, Alaska, a frontier town in a world where few such curiosities remain. There's a new kind of gold rush going on here, and it's unlike any other. Daring gold miners set their sights on gold far beneath four feet of solid ice on the Bering Sea floor. Fierce conditions won't deter these gold-hungry men and woman, and after cutting through the ice to reach the black sea waters below, the adventure begins. Only an omnipresent fear of death and the physiological and psychological effects of cold water diving under solid ice, including hypothermia, hypoxia, hypercapnia, vertigo, and frostbite separate these miners from their fortunes.

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Sunken Treasure

#1 - Sunken Treasure

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 10, 2014

The Bering Sea ice shelf begins to break up, putting the dredges at risk; the fleet scrambles for their last pans of gold.

star 7.94
161 votes
The Thaw

#2 - The Thaw

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 6, 2013

The dredgers race to put in one last dive before the ice melts from under them. Zeke's most profitable season has taken its toll. Emily goes to drastic measures to earn her crew's and her own self respect. Steve R faces Vern to settle their bet.

star 7.89
170 votes
We're Gonna Be Rich

#3 - We're Gonna Be Rich

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 3, 2014

Nome, Alaska - With temperatures rising and the Bering Sea melting, time is running out for the fleet of gold dredgers. As the ice begins to fracture, one team sees their dream of getting on the gold float out to sea.

star 7.82
130 votes
Grounds for Divorce

#4 - Grounds for Divorce

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 19, 2014

In Nome, gold fever is on the rise as the fleet races to find fortune before season's end. One miner turns treacherous by leaking valuable information to the competition. Zeke Tenhoff battles nitrogen poisoning and a toxic partnership, while Emily Riedel suspects her "Dragon Slayer" maybe sinking the business.

star 7.80
119 votes
Waterfalls of Gold

#5 - Waterfalls of Gold

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 29, 2013

Pressure mounts as days get warmer. It's parent vs child as Shawn and Emily try to prove their captaincy skills to their fathers. After months of nonstop work without taking time to grieve his best friend's death, Zeke finally reaches his breaking point.

star 7.78
146 votes
Gold Luck

#6 - Gold Luck

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 29, 2014

The hard reality of the winter season begins to set in. Partnerships become strained as tempers and egos flare. On the Miss Nomer, Glen LeBaron gripes and Zeke Tenhoff faces the judge. On the Reaper, a discussion about money turns ugly. Emily Riedel snaps over frozen equipment, and on The Wild Ranger, Jason starts to rub everyone the wrong way.

star 7.77
190 votes
No Fuel To Burn

#7 - No Fuel To Burn

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 22, 2013

At the midseason point, patience is thin. Scott's dredge is literally running on fumes, but even with a near drowning, produces the requisite daily quota. Cocky newcomer Glen clashes with Zeke over manpower and equipment scheduling. Emily's fed up over breakdowns and absent dive time as her father collects an unearned vacation. Shawn's paystreak stretches out of reach. Vernon's limited expertise disquites the team as they see a meager first result.

star 7.77
175 votes
Leads to an End

#8 - Leads to an End

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 21, 2012

With the winter dredging season coming to a close, the crews scramble for one more dive before the cracking shifting ice sinks their operation or worse, traps a miner down below. THE CLARK's Zeke loses his weight belt and is pinned up underneath the ice.

star 7.66
144 votes
Let the Gold Games Begin

#9 - Let the Gold Games Begin

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 26, 2014

The tides are turning. As competition continues to build throughout the fleet, a turf war has started on the tomcod claim. With the season coming to a close friendships have crumbled and relationships are near collapse, and it’s all for the lure of gold.

star 7.62
154 votes

#10 - Motherlode

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 22, 2014

In Nome, Alaska, miners risk their lives mining below the ice on the frozen Bering Sea for a fortune in gold. "Mr. Gold" Shawn Pomrenke is back on the hunt for a payday with his mega-dredge, The Shamrock. Emily Riedel has her sights set on being the best, and as one veteran hits his biggest payday ever, another nearly loses his life.

star 7.62
227 votes
Dozers and Dragons

#11 - Dozers and Dragons

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 15, 2013

Zeke tries a new dredger with game-changing technology; Emily disagrees with her father's management style; Shawn tries to buy equipment.

star 7.53
182 votes
Gold From the Deep

#12 - Gold From the Deep

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 5, 2014

The dangers of working under the ice are becoming glaringly apparent to the fleet's greenhorns and veterans. Zeke and Glen move to an area of deep sea and become concerned with nitrogen poisoning. On the Shamrock, Cody Moen gets a little too big for his britches.

star 7.40
179 votes
The Champagne Kiss-Off

#13 - The Champagne Kiss-Off

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 12, 2014

It's getting late in the ice mining season, and the challenges of finding gold are wearing on the miners. Vernon Adkison has a heated confrontation with a crew member. The Kellys welcome a new diver with potentially fatal consequences. Emily Riedel faces her demons, while the Miss Nomer crew has conflicting gold-finding strategies.

star 7.39
179 votes
Fractures on the Mend

#14 - Fractures on the Mend

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 14, 2012

Winter is on its way out. SHAMROCK Phil gets one last chance. CLARK's Zeke gets pinned up under the ice when he loses his weight belt. A LAZY GATOR tender nods off, unaware of diver Jesse's distress call when his hose gets caught on an ice chandelier.

star 7.36
167 votes
All for Naught

#15 - All for Naught

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 7, 2012

Halfway through the winter dredging season, tempers flare on The Clark.The Lazy Gators do a perilous freedive to try and recapture their only breathing apparatus, tangled underwater in a buoy. A new Shamrock diver tests his own nerve and Shawn's patience.

star 7.33
173 votes
We Are Gonna Be Golden

#16 - We Are Gonna Be Golden

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 8, 2013

The crews take the ice. Zeke's new crew is on the gold, so they shut out late-arrival Emily. She joins her gung-ho dad Steve, who wagers Vernon. Nome's angriest dredger Scott returns with a new dredge and attitude but will it last?

star 7.25
80 votes
The Gold Don't Care

#17 - The Gold Don't Care

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 24, 2012

The summer season over, 3 teams of miners dive under the ice to dredge gold on the floor of the Bering Sea. Two dredge teams struggle to winterize their operations, train their crews, and get the gold. But one new, scrappy crew of friends hits pay dirt.

star 7.18
137 votes
Smoke Under Ice

#18 - Smoke Under Ice

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 31, 2012

SHAMROCK's electrical fire forces a diver's emergency ascent. THE CLARK's rookie ice divers gasp for air. THE LAZY GATORS's Joe finds a huge "picker", but their operation grinds to a halt when an accidentally sucked up boulder clogs the hose.

star 7.07
201 votes