Arctic Expedition 2013

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Iqaluit, Nunavut

This morning, students will be visiting capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit! Our stops for today include: the Nunavut Research Institute, where students will be learning about traditional knowledge, science and technology; the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, which includes Inuit history, artifacts and art; and the Visitor's Centre where students can learn about Iqaluit!

The Expedition leaves Iqaluit for Ottawa in the afternoon. In Ottawa, the team will have time for reflection on their experiences of the past 2 weeks, and prepare for the Welcome Back event at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Sunday.


Daily Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green
Iqaluit, NU
July 27, 2013 – 8:00 AM

After many months of planning and anticipation, our SOI 2013 Arctic Expedition seems to have passed by in the blink of an eye. Yet at the same time, our departure to Greenland feels like it was a lifetime ago. We have seen and experienced so much over these past two weeks. There have been so many memories, beautiful moments, lessons learned, and friendships forged, it is difficult to know where to begin. On behalf of the entire expedition team, we want to thank all our valued partners for making this incredible, life-changing journey of learning possible for the students. Without your support, Students on Ice would simply not be able to offer this transformational experience to the youth of today and our leaders of tomorrow. We also greatly appreciate all the support we receive throughout the expedition from parents, family members, friends, SOI alumni and all others who follow our journey on the various expedition platforms – our website, Facebook page, Twitter account and blog.

We had a fabulous evening of celebration last night, our final night on the Sea Adventurer before we arrive in Iqaluit today. Our multi-talented students never cease to amaze us with their talent and creativity as they performed skits, music, presentations and heart-warming speeches. Together we reflected on the past 2 weeks, shared our memories, shed a few tears and enjoyed much laughter. While we are sad to see this particular journey coming to an end, we know it is only the beginning of many more exciting adventures of discovery, learning and accomplishment for this incredible group of students.

Today we will bid farewell to our northern students who will be flying home directly from Iqaluit. The rest of us will depart on a First Air charter flight from Iqaluit at 2:00 PM EST to arrive in Ottawa at 5:30 PM local time. Buses will meet us at the airport to take us back to Carleton University where we have an evening of pizza and group activities planned. The students will stay at the Carleton residence Prescott House Saturday evening night.

On Sunday morning, we are inviting you all to join the students, the entire Students on Ice team and many special guests at the Canadian Museum of Nature for our 2013 Arctic Expedition Welcome Back event! There will be speeches (including student speeches), photos, a video presentation and refreshments. It all gets underway at 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 28 at the Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod) in Ottawa.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to We hope to see you there!


An Update from Expedition Leader, Geoff Green

Iqaluit, NU

We are just about to drop anchor in Iqaluit!

It is another beautiful morning! Flat calm seas.  A little fog.

Yesterday was a wonderful final day of our expedition. We had all kinds of wrap-up presentations and activities helping to prepare the students for the “What’s Next” following this powerful experience we have all shared in theArctic.  I am so impressed with this group students.  They have became a family, a team and taken advantage of every opportunity presented along our journey. They rose to the many challenges.  They listened, learned, explored, pushed their limits in many ways, connected with each other and the natural world around them, and had fun!  They give me cause for hope for the future.

Last night was an evening of celebration and pure joy. We thanked all the many people and partners that make SOI possible. We celebrated. We sang, danced, reflected and cried.  This last two weeks have really exceeded what we could have hoped for. Greenland and the Canadian Arctic were our playground, classroom, laboratory and home.  Whales, Polar bears, Walrus, Icebergs, People, Mountains, Ocean, Glaciers, Tundra, Birds, Waterfall, Plankton, History, Culture, Politics…and the awe and wonder of Mother Nature have flowed in and out of our expedition experiences.  

As I told the students last night, today is not the ending our individual journeys. It is another beginning.  They have been passed a torch of many sorts.  These youth are going to continue this experience in so many ways in the weeks, months and years to come.  Look out!  Support them.  Listen to them.

Thank you for following and sharing our SOI Arctic 2013 journey!!  







Students in Iqaluit celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition.

Students show off their first passports!

Duane Smith of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) and student Cecile in the Iqaluit airport.

Mary Simon, Aimee, Maya and Chris in the airport.

Joseph and Micah say goodbye.

Lucie-Colombe and Rosalie say goodbye.

The end of Expedition is bittersweet! It's hard to say goodbye to new friends.

Genevieve and Joseph say goodbye in Iqaluit. 

Christopher, Lucie and Maddy wait to board the flight.

Spencer and Rosalie.

Spencer and Rosalie say goodbye.


Group hug!

Nunavik and Greenlandic students saying goodbye in front of the plane!

Lucie-Colombe boards the FirstAir plane!

Students have fun even as they take off for home. Edmund, Maike and Saskia.

Norman and Timothy enjoy the plane ride to Ottawa together.

Maddy and Polar Bear are new Students on Ice!

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