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Code of Conduct

To ensure that your expedition experience is as safe and successful as possible, the following Code of Conduct has been established. The success of our expedition will be greatly enhanced by the responsible behaviour of everyone involved. Together we form an expedition team, and we must all strive towards contributing to a positive, safe, healthy, and friendly living environment. Please read carefully through these expectations.


All participants are expected to understand and abide by the safety guidelines established for the expedition. This includes safety precautions both on and off our expedition vessel. Any actions that endanger the health, safety or well-being of another person or one’s own self, will not be tolerated.


It is very important that you respect the expedition schedule and are on time for meetings, buses, lectures, meals, excursions, and other activities. This allows us to keep on schedule and achieve our goals.

Relationships & Boundaries

Intimate, romantic and/or relationships of a sexual nature are not permitted on this expedition. The successful formation and safe maintenance of our temporary learning community requires appropriate behavioural boundaries. These boundaries keep our educational pursuits from being overwhelmed or compromised.

All students and staff are not to enter cabins/rooms other than their own. This will be strictly enforced. There are designated public spaces to gather
with other participants.

Drugs, Cannabis, Alcohol & Cigarettes

Students on Ice puts the safety and well-being of
our participants at the forefront of everything we do. All participants in SOI programs have an obligation to care for and ensure the safety of others by not participating in activities if impaired by any legal or illegal substance. A strict no drug and alcohol policy will be in place throughout the entire expedition from the time you leave home until you return. Smoking and/or vaping cannabis, consuming cannabis products, and possession of cannabis in any form is prohibited for the duration of your time with the Students on Ice expedition program. This policy will be strictly enforced at all times.

Cigarette smoking and/or vaping during the expedition is strongly discouraged. If required, cigarette smoking and/or vaping may only take place in designated smoking areas during breaks or free times. Cigarette butts must be disposed of correctly in designated bins and should never be left on the land.

Electronic Devices

Students on Ice aims to reconnect youth with nature and to allow students to be fully present during the expedition. We live in a media and technology saturated world, therefore the use of most technology on the expedition is not allowed. Being distracted by any of the following devices could lead to the inability to hear announcements, instructions or possible alarms and could compromise everyone’s safety.

Cell Phones

Cell phones may only be used for photos on expedition. Cell phones are not to be used as a means of communication, for playing games, for listening to music, etc. If a student is seen using a cell phone for anything other than taking photos, a staff member will ask them to put it away immediately.

Other Devices

No personal laptops, iPods, tablets, gaming systems, headphones or other similar electronics are allowed during the expedition at any time. Use of these devices is acceptable only during travel days.

Cameras are permitted.

Be an Ambassador

You are a member of a unique and privileged group! You are a representative, and an ambassador of your school, community, province/state/territory and country. Following our expedition, we hope you will also be an ambassador for the Arctic. Behave accordingly, and set high standards for yourself.

Responsible Freedom

Responsible freedom is exercised when your actions are directed by ethical standards. In other words, always use your best judgment and let common sense be your guide.

Disciplinary Measures

If a student or staff member is found to be in violation of any part of this code, the Students on Ice Expedition Leader reserves the right to impose disciplinary measures which may involve: a verbal and/or written warning, refusing you the right to participate in certain activities during the expedition, contacting your family to explain your actions and/or sending you home early at your own expense.

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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Apply for scholarships

The SOI Foundation provides scholarships for each Arctic and Antarctic Expedition. Check out whether there is a scholarship for you!

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Students on Ice is proudly supported by bv02.

This website was made possible by a generous contribution from the Leacross Foundation.

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