The Expedition

The 2018 Arctic Expedition begins in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. We will fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and set sail to discover the communities, fiords, bays and islands along the country’s west coast including the famous Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ship will then cross the Davis Strait.

Once in Canada, we will visit Sirmilik National Park, and explore Pikialasorsuaq (the North Water Polynya), an oceanographic feature that is the largest and the most biologically productive of its kind found north of the Arctic Circle. Our journey will take us through the eastern entrance of the Northwest Passage and Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound), Canada’s largest National Marine Conservation Area. The expedition will end in Resolute Bay, Nunavut where we will board our charter flights back to Ottawa.

The journey will be filled with workshops, panel discussions, shore landings, Zodiac excursions, wildlife sightings and more! Students learn through the lens of science, art, history, policy and culture, grounded in an understanding and appreciation for the people who call the Arctic home. They share and connect to their peers, the expedition educators, and the land and waters around them.

Each day will be filled with exploration, discovery, presentations, workshops, hands-on research, hikes, and lots of adventure! Activities will include wildlife encounters, visits to Arctic communities as well as the opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change, traditional knowledge, scientific research, policy and other important Arctic and global topics.

How to Participate

SOI Expeditions are open to high school and university applicants from around the world. Scholarships are available. Learn more and apply!

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Meet our Educators

A global team of scientists, elders, artists, musicians, historians, and industry leaders who help to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Polar Regions through cross-disciplinary learning.

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Alumni Stories

SOI Expeditions are just the first step in a life-long journey of discovery. Learn more about our global community of talented and diverse alumni.

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