Bear Grylls and Jake Gyllenhaal tackle Iceland in the season premiere of Man vs. Wild, October 7 on Discovery Channel

Bear Grylls has survived in some of the most dangerous places on Earth. From jungles to deserts and from Everest to Antarctica, he travels to places where you couldn’t last a day without the right survival skills.

MAN VS. WILD returns to Discovery Channel on Friday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with six gripping new episodes, spanning the globe from Iceland to New Zealand.

Grylls usually works solo, but in this Fall’s season opener, he makes an exception, inviting actor Jake Gyllenhaal to test his mettle against blizzard conditions in Iceland.

MAN VS WILD tests how Gyllenhaal measures up to unpredictable and unforgiving Mother Nature. For two days, Grylls and Gyllenhaal embark on a survival experience neither will forget, to an Icelandic landscape dominated by mountains, huge glaciers and some of Europe’s most active volcanoes.

Gyllenhaal goes where Grylls goes, eats whatever Grylls eats, and on occasion even takes the lead, in order to cope with some of the worst conditions known to man. “For me, it’s all about discovery,” said Gyllenhaal.

Said Grylls about the experience, “the wild is always very revealing – not only physically but mentally. You’ve got to smile when it’s driving horizontal hail and be able to face your fears and just get on and do it – and on both of those accounts, Jake came up strong.”

As the season continues, Grylls’ adventures take him to other remote parts of Iceland in blizzard conditions, New Zealand’s South and North Islands, and the Utah badlands. A special compilation episode caps the season with will mix never-before-seen challenges and behind-the-scenes footage.

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