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The journey has come to a close but you can still experience the Students on Ice 2014 Arctic Expedition through daily updates, photos, videos, and news media found below and within the supporting Photos, Videos and In the News pages in the menu.

The Students on Ice Arctic Youth Expedition 2014 website allows visitors to follow the expedition’s daily progress (July 9-24, 2014) and benefit from various educational elements of the expedition.

In this section you will find daily updates, photos and videos from our student participants, education and other expedition team members.

Wednesday, July 19, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Expedition Update:

Today is a travel day as we welcome 86 students from across Canada, the U.S., China, Monaco, Greenland and the UK along with a team of educators to Ottawa to kick off pre expedition activities.

In the afternoon, several of the early arrivals enjoyed a tour of Canada’s Museum of History in Ottawa.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Expedition Update:

Today we had an exciting schedule filled with learning and trips. In the morning, we learned about the people, history, politics, science and wildlife of the Arctic.

After lunch, we divided into 2 groups, which we called the “Sila” and “Siku” groups. In Inuktitut, sila means “climate and the world around us” and siku means “broken sea ice.”  The groups were then off to tour Canada’s Parliament and the Canadian Museum of Nature.

This evening, students will be treated to a presentation by the CEO of Parks Canada, Alan Latourelle, and learn about Canada’s national parks and in particular, the Torngat Mountains National Park in Newfoundland & Labrador, which the team will explore during the expedition. Students will then get to know each other better through a student introductory session, followed by a discussion about the Arctic Ocean by oceanographer Daniele Bianchi.

The evening will end with a panel discussion with four SOI alumni: Donovan Taplin, Gerrit Wesselink, Olivia Rempel and Bridget Graham.

Then it was off to bed, after our busy day!

Tomorrow, we will be spending the day in Gatineau Park and at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Collections & Research Facility.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Expedition Update:

Today students spent half of the day in beautiful Gatineau Park and enjoying the Aerial Experience at Camp  Fortune climbing rope bridges, in tree-forts, and zip-lining through the trees!

The second half of the day, students explored the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Research & Collections Facility, which houses more than 10 million specimens gathered over more than 150 years and covering four billion years of Earth history. Through guided tours, students enjoyed an up-close look at everything from rare minerals to fish to fossils.

The team returned to Carleton for dinner, but the fun still wasn’t done. Students enjoyed learning about the history of the Arctic from Inuit historian and artist Becky Mearns followed by a slideshow of incredible Arctic photos taken by adventure photographer Lee Narraway.

Then it’s off to bed for the expedition team before our big flight to Kuujjuaq, QC tomorrow!

The following video by SOI’s very talented videographer Sira Chayer captures the excitement and the many activities students and staff engaged in during orientation days in and around Ottawa.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario to Kuujjuaq, Quebec

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

From the excellent BBQ in Kuujjuak we said goodbye to our kind and friendly hosts, boarded buses, and traveled to the dock. Here all met their transport to the ship, the zodiacs, a boat they will know and love over the coming days.

The trip down the river was long, but exciting, all such a new experience, waiting for us at the of the trip was a ship the Sea Adventurer, our home for the expedition! Once aboard the friendly crew acted as guides to our cabins. We are home!!Time to unpack and familiarize ourselves with the ship. The first official duty was to participate in the mandatory life-boat drill. An essential requirement for safety at sea.

At 18h20hrs the anchor came home and the ship sailed, what a truly wonderful feeling.

During the evening the company enjoyed a wonderful meal and series of briefings about house-keeping mattes and plans for the up coming days, to bed tired but expectant!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ungava Bay / Button Islands

Update from SOI Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

The ship people awoke to a calm, but overcast Ungava Bay. During the morning we enjoyed a series of presentations setting the scene for what is to come.

Our exceedingly comfortable ship has made good speed and over lunch land began to appear on the horizon and she rapidly closed with our projected destination, Port Burwell.

Once anchored a scout boat was launched to look for landing sites and whetter bear were present. It was a positive for the landing and a negative for the bears. The plans was for half the group to land at the abandoned village site and the other half to go on zodiac cruise around the harbours. Once our bear guards had established a safe perimeter the operation started. What a great activity, a pair of rough legged Hawks noisily warned us not to go too close, the weather improved with the sun coming out, and expert staff interpreted what we were looking at in the deserted village, interesting but a sad tale. The zodiacs took folk around the numerous bays and inlets of the port and just after 1700hrs all were back on board, what a great excursion! But more was still to come. An early dinner was taken and the ship re-positioned a few miles to a small group of islands know as The Buttons, The Captain expectedly navigated his vessel up the central channel and anchored in the centre of the island group. Once Dinner was finished all went to the zodiacs for a cruise around the local area. Although misty, this added to the ethereal feel of the whole activity. Back on board, and the end of the long but excellent day, Clock forward tonight as we all enter the Atlantic time zone.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nachvak Fiord / Ramah Bay

Update from SOI Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

Unfortunately, the original schedule had to change because of the preserve of ice ahead. This morning we experience our first new destination. During the morning the ship entered the Eclipse Channel our first encounter with Torngat Mountains National Park.

As the mist cleared we began to appreciate the stunning surrounding our scout boat had found a landing and all were soon in the zodiacs enjoying a trip up a river culminating in a beautiful waterfall then back to the main bay where we landed on some ledges before moving to some exquisite Tundra. Here folks divided into group supporting various workshops covering a use range from Plankton sampling to Inuit sewing what a truly wonderful active scene it made.

All too soon lunch come around, back to the ship and on towards further adventures. Around 16h00 the ship hoved to end somewhere away in the fog lay Iron Strand, the beach famous for its garnets. A little earlier in the afternoon we had been given a presentation on minerals so were briefed on what to expect. Sadly in the arctic, the weather has no respect for best laid plan. A scout boat went in and reported back that a combination of poor visibility and large swell meant a operation was not possible. But on here there is no time for despair, new plans were soon hatched, and the ship moved to the fairly short distance to another new destination Ryan’s Bay.

As the ship entered the bay, the skies broke into layers of blue, high clouds and low mist setting off the rugged scenery. An announcement from the bridge caused great excitement, a polar bear was seen on the beach. Its presence brought on instant reaction from the ship the zodiacs were lowered and a magical evening zodiac cruise went ahead. During the cruise another bear was seen swimming, it was treated with respect and passed by without any sign of stress. A recap and briefing ended a really superb expedition day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Torngats Base Camp

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

A calm but foggy morning greeted us as we awoke at the head of Komaktorvik Fiord. Initial plans for shipboard activities soon changed as the fog cleared like a curtain and a glorious cloud free sky emerged. A landing and hike was the new plan. A spot was found on a small but delightful beach. The Bear Guards checked out the area and groups were soon off walking towards the high ridge. What a scene, rugged mountains, glorious Tundra awash with beautiful Thymus and Roseroot and Clouded Yellow butterflies flitting from plant to plant. After a great hike all returned to the beach where some of our more crazy members went for an Arctic swim. A rapidly falling tide meant a tricky departure from the beach but successfully achieved. Back on board for a late lunch, what a debt we owe to our flexible crew back on board. Around 1600hrs the anchor came home and the ship headed for Nachvak Fjord. Some great navigation by the Captain through meandering channels brought us to the Fiord mouth at 2000hrs. Greeted by ice and a Minke Whale the situation was almost perfect. However, ice ahead probably means the Captain is in for a long night, what an all round effort is required for these expeditions. The final recap and briefing on the foredeck with the moon coming up over an iceberg probably sums up the day.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Naffak Brook

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

During the night a few bumps and shudders of the ship was all that betrayed the effort the Bridge Team was putting in to get us through the ice to our destination of Saglek Fjord and the Torngat Mountains National Park Basecamp. At breakfast the sight of base camp a few hundred meters astern signified the success of last night’s endeavours. The ship sat on the flat blue waters of the Fiord surrounded by the dazzling white pars of sea-ice. All around the green/brown hills towered into a blue sky. Struggling for words, breathtaking will probably do.

Straight after breakfast the zodiacs threaded a track through the ice and landed on the sand and gravel beach in front of the base camp. What a welcome we had, a band played and the Elders, Nunatsiavut Government and Parks Canada staff were there to say hello with smiling faces. The whole group then divided into two, one group going on a hike to a really lovely waterfall and the other being shown around the Base Camp. The groups then swapped their activities.

During the morning, staff from the camp had set up small camp fires and started cooking Bannocks and fishing for Arctic Char, so delicious. The ship team brought ashore salads and all sorts of wonders. When the groups were back, everyone gathered on the beach for a really excellent lunch. Numerous fishing rods had been brought ashore and the users soon added to our stock of Char. A quick briefing on the beach and all were prepared for the afternoon activities. Basically two hikes, one strenuous the other a little less so. The harder choice climbed the mountain to the east of the camp, steep in places but emerging at the summit giving a breathtaking all around view. Sharing the summit was a beautiful Inukshuk, very evocative! The less strenuous hike took the ridge to the west of the camp. The track traversed some lovely countryside rich in herbs and flowers. One of the stops along the ways was to an Open-Top Chamber experiment site looking at climate change impacts on Arctic flora.  All then back on the ship for dinner.

While waiting for the zodiacs many took the opportunity to scramble on the beached ice blocks for some great photographs. After Dinner the idea had been to go ashore for a Bonfire but rain had set in and the local insects had gathered in expectant hordes, so Plan B came into play and forty-five members of the base camp came on board for a wonderful 2 hours of music, celebration and thank you’s. Kathleen Edwards and Ian Tamblyn played. Several of the Inuit students and staff throat sang.What a day and night it has been, the countryside, the interaction with great people, certainly an occasion to live long in the memory.  A New Gathering in a Timeless Place…that ended with a rainbow over our ship.

We are so grateful to our great partner Parks Canada and the team at the Torngat Mountains National Park for everything they did to make our last 4 days such an incredible experience and success.  They really rolled out the red-carpet and knocked one out of the Park. Gary Baikie, Jude Rowell, Jenna Anderson, Eli and Maria, and of course all the Parks team back in Ottawa.  I also want to thank Air Labrador, the Nunatsiavut Government, and the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies for their generous support and efforts that made our visit possible.

Around midnight we bid farewell to Canada and the Labrador Coast and began our journey across the Labrador Sea to southern Greenland.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sea Day – sail to Nanortalik, Greenland

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

It is hard to believe that our time in the Torngat Mountains National Park is behind us, and we are already en route to Greenland. The past 4 days have been truly unforgettable and exceeded our wildest expectations!  We feel incredibly privileged to have visited this timeless and powerful land.  Too many highlights to recount right now.  And I think we are all still trying to digest the awe and wonder we have experienced.  We’ve seen the King of the Arctic…Polar bears, Caribou, Seals and Whales (Pilot whales and Minke whales).  We have hiked to some mountain tops, fished for Arctic Char, learned from Inuit elders, navigated through sea ice, explored new areas that few have ever seen before, met amazing people, sang, danced, cried, laughed and so much more…

The expedition is off to a spectacular start!

Upon our arrival to Kuujuaq on Saturday we enjoyed a nice walking tour of the community and a BBQ at the Town Hall.  It was a beautiful day and many of our SOI alumni students from Kuujjuaq joined  us, including Anthony Arreak who spoke to our group and shared his SOI experience and how it impacted him.  It is always special to make this connection between our new and old SOI students!  Our alumni is now almost 2,700 youth from 52 countries, and many northern youth from all across the Arctic!

A big thank you to the community of Kuujjuaq, the Mayor and Recreation Department, the Northern Store, and especially Dave and Bruce and TIVI Inc. for their incredible support and assistance that made our visit to Kuujjuaq to successful.

After the BBQ it was time to hop on a school bus for the trip to the marina and the Zodiacs.  With the tide dropping we had to get to our gear and ourselves to the ship before 4pm or else wait until the next high tide.  After about an 8 mile zodiac ride and several hours of Zodiac transfers… we made it!  All aboard!

The excitement level went up another notch with the realization we were on our ship and on the verge of setting sail.  The afternoon was filled with unpacking, a Ship Safety Drill and other presentations.  Then just before dinner we raised the anchor and began making our way out the river towards Ungava Bay.

Dense pack ice in southern Ungava Bay meant that we had to negotiate our way eastward along the coast under the edge of the ice.  At about 9:00am the following morning, we were clear of the ice and made full speed to Killiniq, our first landing destination.   The morning was filled with various presentations and lectures on board, and just after lunch we arrived.  Conditions were perfect for a zodiac cruise and landing at the old village of Port Burwell, whose residents were relocated in the 1950’s.  The students were able to literally walk through history and learned about this somewhat sad chapter of the region.  However, Whit Fraser also told a story that brought happy tears to almost everyone of us, when he shared a true and remarkable love story that had began here many years ago.  A story very close to his own heart.

Later that evening, in fog and light rain, we went out on Zodiac cruise in the remote Button Islands.  It was a mysterious, moody and exciting night.

Overnight we traveled south and entered the Torngat Mountains National Park.  Due to heavy ice conditions further south along the coast, we adjusted our plans and headed for Eclipse Sound.  What a place!  We anchored just after breakfast and soon spotted our first Polar bear on shore.  James Raffan and I took a scout boat ashore to check out a possible landing site, and we discovered one of the most amazing places I have ever been.  A deep river gorge that cut into the landscape appeared as we near the shore. We were able to take our Zodiac up the river with 60 ft high rock walls on both sides. About a half-mile up the river, we rounded a bend to discover the most beautiful waterfall, and Peregrine Falcons nesting in the nearby cliffs.  It took our breath away.

We spend the morning here, and on shore divided into various workshop groups, focused on everything from beachcombing, songwriting, Inuit craft-making, and inter-tidal treasures, to oceanographic sampling in the zodiacs.  Our second polar bear was spotted walking on shore as we departed Eclipse Sound and made our way to our afternoon destination.

We attempted a landing at Iron Strand, but the fog was to heavy making visibility poor and dangerous for spotting Polar bears. So we went around to Ryan’s Bay where we found clear skies and another Polar bear on the shore.  The decision was made to drop the Zodiacs and go cruising down the Bay and get a closer look at the bear.  For the next 1 1/2 hours we traveled the 5 mile length of Ryan’s Bay and had a great encounter with one bear that was swimming and diving along the shore line.  It seemed quite unconcerned about our presence and went about its business, until we continued our journey further down the Bay.  We returned to the ship hungry, excited and happily tired after a very full day!

After getting an updated ice report, we decided to head towards Komaktorvik Fiord for our second day in the Torngats. The following morning we anchored at the end of the Fiord in very dense fog.  We decided to wait it out.  And shortly after breakfast the stunning landscape around us started to reveal itself.  Plans A, B, C, D and E…soon became Plan F, when the blue skies and sunshine unveiled a most spectacular scene.  We decided to head to shore where we spent the next 5+ hours hiking to a 1000 foot ridge with a 360 degree view that could not be described.  Time was lost.  We were all just immersed in the moment and connected to the natural world in which we found ourselves.  It was pure joy, fresh air, discovery, elation and peace all mixed together.  Before we knew it it was almost 3pm and after a polar swim for some, we headed back to the ship for a late lunch.

As we departed some caribou were spotted swimming across the fiord. We made the decision to head further south along the coast to find the ice edge.  The Captain navigated our ship through islands and shoals along what is undoubtedly one of the most incredible and least visited shorelines in the World. It was impossible to leave the deck.  We poked our nose into Nachvak Fiord just before dinner, and then reached the sea ice we had been following for the past few days.   It was such a beautiful day that all of our briefings and meetings were held outside on deck, including our evening re-cap and briefing.  A palpable sense of celebration was in the air.  Already students and staff are performing and sharing and we are truly a team and family on board.  It was 10:30pm when our briefing concluded. Then what happened was quite extraordinary.

I thought we were seeing an iceberg on the horizon with the reflection of the sunset.  But the iceberg started to grow!  And we then realized that the iceberg was the moon!!!  The largest moon I have ever seen rose on the ocean horizon. It was burning orange and you could see the dark craters on its surface.  It was like a giant hot air balloon was taking flight in front of us.  In a karmic way, it was a very fitting finale to two of the best days in the history of Students on Ice.

I need to stop here.  And will write again soon, to describe the wonderful day we spent yesterday at the Torngat Mountains National Park Basecamp.   We are still digesting and reflecting on what was an unforgettable experience… and our last expedition day in Labrador. So stay tuned…

Everyone is great.  We have such an incredible group of students and staff on board.  The journey continues….

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff

Friday, July 18, 2014

Labrador Sea en route to Greenland

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

We had a great sea day yesterday crossing the Labrador Sea en route to Greenland!  A well-deserved sleep in started our day and we awoke to flat calm seas for breakfast.  Our busy day was filled with workshops and presentations including an Intro to Greenland by Mikkel, Inunnguaq and Paninnguaq, a Climate Change 101 by Bianca Perren, and a talk about Arctic Mammals by David Gray.  We also conducted our Bottle Drop experiment, which is a 13 year running research project by SOI in partnership with the Institute of Ocean Sciences to help monitor Arctic Ocean currents and any changes taking place. Our day concluded with a presentation after dinner by Dr. Don Walsh about his life and extraordinary accomplishments including his dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in 1960.  Interestingly, we have on board with us someone (JF Carrey) who has been to the highest point on our Planet – Mount Everest, and Don Walsh who has been to the deepest part of our ocean.  A total distance of about 12 miles from top to bottom!!  How cool is that?!

The excitement is building on board this morning as everyone anticipates our arrival to Greenland early tomorrow morning.  We have another full day of education programming and also time to reflect, rest and get out on deck to observe and soak in the ocean environment.  Yesterday we spotted several pods of Northern Pilot Whales as well as many seabirds.

The students are all doing wonderfully well and having the experience of a lifetime.  You can see how the past few days has already planted new seeds in their minds and inspired new ideas, perspectives, understanding and connections.

We are a privileged, happy and hopeful bunch.

In the expedition spirit,
Geoff

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tasermiut Fiord, Nanortalik, Greenland

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

Hello from Nanortalik, Greenland. We are just departing after a fantastic day here!!! We arrived early to the top of the spectacular Tasermiut Fiord and landed at the foot of a glacier, The students were able to hike up and actually touch the ice. It was humbling to say the least to be in the powerful and immense land. We then travelled by zodiac down the Fiord about 6 miles and landed in Paradise Valley were we explored a Viking ruin beside a waterfall.Back to the ship for a BBQ lunch on the back deck in the most incredible setting imaginable. The BBQ became a dance party!

A few hours later we arrived the the village of Nanortalik where we had a wonderful visit including a tour of the Old Town site and Museum and a meeting with local youth at their Youth Club. It was a blast and an inspiring cultural exchange. Songs, performances, dancing and sharing in 3 languages ended in new friendships formed. Another incredible SOI day.

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Paamuit and Arsuk, Greenland

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

In the calm seas the ship has made good speed and over breakfast we navigated the fogbound Arsuk Fjord.  Then, as has happened so many times on this trip, somebody opened the Window blinds and the fog vanished leaving exposed the hills surrounding the Fjord.

Just after 0930 the ship slowed and we came to a halt off the closed mine and deserted township of Luittuuk.  Until the 1980’s this was the world’s largest supplier of the mineral Cryolite.  For many years vital to the production of Aluminium.  We landed on the story beach and went for walks past the big hole where the Cryolite was extracted, now filled with water, but when being worked this was 80 meters deep.  The place is a geologists heaven as up to 90 different minerals can be found in the immediate vicinity.  Once past the hole we explored the old buildings and works, also the wonderful countryside with its lush vegetation.  The area almost has its own micro-climate warmer air being trapped within, the surrounding rim of the mountains.

There was a great excitement later in the landing when several Musk Ox were seen on the higher slopes.  The weather was fantastic the area rich with so many wonders the morning just flew by.  At 12:30 we began to wrap things up but there was a delay!  Not a delay just a fantastic experience.  A Humpback Whale appeared between the landing experience.  Our zodiacs took us to watch and the Humpback obliged.  Sitting quietly in the boats with this huge animal surfacing gently close by was an experience that will stay with everyone for a long time.  Eventually we dragged ourselves away, back on board and got on our way towards tomorrows destination or Nuuk.  The rest of the day was spent in workshops and some incredible presentations.  What great experts we have on board.  We spent the evening sliding up the coast of Greenland on flat calm seas, in the most wonderful light,  After dinner singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards gave a fascinating account of her life interspersed with some excellent music.  A truly special day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nuuk, Greenland

Expedition Update:

This morning begins with panel discussions around the need and value of youth engagement led by polar historians Whitney Lackenbauer and David Fletcher along with visual storyteller Shelley Ball and University of Ottawa professor and Founder of the EYES Project, Diz Glithero.

Workshops continue throughout the morning including a discussion by award-winning singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards. She will discuss the ins and outs of being in the music business with an important talk and mental health and social media.

Following lunch the team will enjoy a tour of the community of Nuuk, Greenland’s largest city and capital.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sondrestrom Fiord, Greenland

Expedition Update:

Today day will be packed full of adventure as we cruise around the Evigheds Fjord by Zodiac and enjoy day hikes and workshops to learn more about the ecology of this area. Located near Kangaamiut, the name Evigheds Fjord means “Forever Fjord” because as soon as you think you have reached the end of it, the fjord continues.

In the afternoon, expeditioners will engage in Arctic Hour – an opportunity to share experiences and how each of us can leverage our expedition experiences to make a difference in world on a local or global level.

This final evening onboard the expedition vessel will end with a celebration of the journey through photos, a talent show and a special appearance by a surprise guest!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kangerlussuaq to Ottawa

Update from Expedition Leader Geoff Green:

We arrived to sunny Kangerlussuaq this morning and disembarked our ship the Sea Adventurer for the final time of this expedition. And what an expedition it has been.  We have had the most amazing past 12 days.  In my 20 years of polar expeditions, this one will easily rank at the very top of the list.  It all started with a very special group of youth and an exceptional team of educators.  The good karma of this group was off the charts, and might have had something to do with the most beautiful weather we had every single day.  We explored new areas, encountered whales, polar bears, muskox and more.  We met some incredible people. We connected to nature in ways that will last for lifetimes. It was an emotional journey. There were tears shed almost every day as youth and staff shared, mentored and opened up about life.  There were non-stop smiles, laughter, caring, and moments of sheer awe and wonder.  I’ve never been with a group that gave more standing ovations to each other!!  Mother Nature outdid herself and we were lost at times in her beauty, and humbled constantly.  Glaciers, mountains, ocean, icebergs, flowers…

The students are returning home changed.  Their minds are full with new knowledge on culture, history, the environment, business, sciences, policy, flora, fauna, arts and music and much, much more. They bore witness to the impacts of climate change as they stood at the side of melting glaciers.

They are motivated and inspired and no doubt overwhelmed.  It will take weeks, months and even years for it all to be absorbed and digested.  I am certain though that these youth will make a difference in many ways, on big and small stages and scales.

Thank you to all of you that followed our journey. I hope you enjoyed our updates, journals, photos and videos.  More to come!  And a huge heartfelt thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, supporters, parents and friends that make Students on Ice possible, and help to give this life-changing experience to youth.

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Expedition Update:

This morning began with a Welcome Home event at the Canadian Museum of Nature. A long time partner and supporter of Students on Ice, the CMN has graciously hosted a welcome home event for  Students on Ice expeditioners for the past few years. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to showcase their journey through photos, videos and presentations.

This year, the event opened with throat singing by Inuit educators Genevieve Killulark and Becky Mearns.  The CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature, Meg Beckel then delivered opening remarks and introduced the Founder, Executive Director and Expedition Leader of Students on Ice Geoff Green who spoke to the life changing journey.

What followed was a morning full of incredible imagery, music by award winning singer/songwriters Ian Tamblyn and Kathleen Edwards and presentations by Parks Canada’s CEO Alan Latourelle who spoke to their partnership with SOI and scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature. But one of the most moving parts of the event came at the end with speeches from five of the student expeditioners who reflected on their Arctic journey and what it has meant to them. All 86 students on the 2014 Arctic Expedition are returning home feeling inspired and with a new global perspective on the planet and with incredible friendships and mentors they made along the way. This is just the beginning of many great things to come and SOI is thrilled to have so many amazing youth join the alumni family.

After the event students began their farewells as they began their return journey home.

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