Arctic Expedition 2013

Follow the journey : July 23 - August 7

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 Expedition Details

Welcome to the Students on Ice Arctic Youth Expedition 2013

July 14-28, 2013


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The Students on Ice Arctic Youth Expedition 2013 represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for youth to expand their knowledge about the circumpolar world, and to gain a new global perspective on the planet, its wonders, and its present and future challenges. Our expeditions bring together environmental and civic education, cultural immersion, personal leadership development, and plenty of polar adventure.
The ship- and land-based journey will explore the eastern Canadian Arctic and western Greenland between July 14-28, 2013. It will involve 85 international high school students, 14 to 18 years old, and a team of 49 world-class scientists, historians, artists, explorers, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts. Students on this summer's expedition will develop the knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices that will help them to be Arctic ambassadors and environmentally responsible citizens.

Students will learn about the changes taking place in the Arctic environment and how these are linked to broader global environmental changes. They will explore how human and natural systems are inextricably connected and consider how each of us personally relates to the natural world. Students will also examine how personal and societal transformation can take place and they will be asked to consider how their own unique skills and interests can help to bring about positive change to their own lives, communities and the world around us.

Expedition activities will include extraordinary wildlife encounters, educational day excursions, visits to remote Arctic communities and archeological sites, and opportunities to acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change. Participants will likely encounter whales, seals, polar bears, caribou, seabirds, walruses and more. The expedition team will be a part of a powerful cross-cultural experience though which they will gain perspective on the planet and their homes.

From 2013 to 2016, Students on Ice will be joining in the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition.


Expedition Goals

Expeditions equip youth with vital tools and knowledge that allow them to link local realities to global issues while empowering them to bring about positive change.

  • CONNECT to the natural world
  • FOSTER a new understanding and respect for the planet
  • LEARN about the Arctic environment and northern Indigenous cultures
  • EXPLORE solutions to our most pressing global challenges
  • INSPIRE participants to make a difference

What is Students on Ice?

The Students on Ice program provides youth from around the world with educational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica.

Our mandate is to educate and inspire the next generation of polar scientists, environmental leaders and social innovators – and in doing so, help to provide them with a greater understanding and respect for the planet.
Since 2000, over 1,600 high school and university students from forty countries have visited the polar regions with the Students on Ice program. To learn more about the program visit our main website,



To get some sense of what's in store this year, check out this video recap of last year's SOI Arctic Expedition!

You can watch more videos on the Expedition Videos page!


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