Learn about the upcoming Students on Ice 2019 Arctic Expedition, through the following videos, which introduce the educational themes students and staff will engage in through land and ship-based programming along the western coast of Greenland and in the Canadian High Arctic.
During the expedition (July 23-August 7, 2019) journey updates will be shared through video, photos and blogs posts.
SOI Arctic 2019: Now What?
As students from around the world return to their home communities following a two-week transformational journey to the Arctic, they will begin to process what they experienced, how this changed their perspectives, their goals for the future, and their journey ahead.
We asked several students, "Now What?" Here are their responses.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: The Journey
This two-week, 4074km journey brought together 130 students, from 18 countries, including every circumpolar nation to connect to nature, to their peers, to new knowledge and perspectives across key topics including climate change, ocean literacy, healthy communities, sustainable development goals and the blue economy, and to a greater sense of self and their goals for the future.
Guided by a team of scientists, elders, artists, historians and visionary leaders they were challenged, inspired and empowered. Here is a recap of their journey.Watch
SOI Arctique 2019: Qu'est-ce que Aichi?
Qu'est-ce que Aichi? Écoutez les étudiants à bord de notre expédition #SOIArctic2019 pendant qu'ils réfléchissent à cette question et ensuite entendre la réponse de Valérie Courtois, Directrice, Initiative Leadership autochtone.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: How deep can the thick-billed murre dive?
On the Students on Ice 2019 Arctic Expedition, students were asked, "How deep can the thick-billed murre dive underwater?" Do YOU know? Have a listen to their responses and then hear from Wildlife and Protected Areas Manager Garry Donaldson for the answer!Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Arctic Bay Community Celebration
August 1 was an important day as the Qikiqtani Inuit Assoc.(QIA) together with the Government of Canada announced protection of two key areas: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) was finalized as a National Marine Conservation Area along with interim protection for Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area. Together, these areas cover more than 427,000 square kilometres!
Students on Ice was honoured and grateful to be welcomed into the community of Arctic Bay and to join this historic announcement and community celebration.
Watch this space for a more in-depth documentary video on this important announcement! Coming soon!Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: What do you think will happen to Arctic plants?
What do you think will happen to Arctic plants as a result of climate change? Hear what #SOIArctic2019 students have to say followed by insights from Inuit elder Pitsiulaaq Akavak and Canadian Museum of Nature scientist Roger Bull.Watch
SOI Expedition Moment: Fishing with Pitsiulaaq
In this SOI Expedition Moment, we hear from elder Pitsiulaaq Akavak on the importance of fishing in Inuit culture.Watch
SOI Expedition Moment: Connecting Families
Visiting communities during SOI's Arctic expeditions are special for so many reasons. They are an opportunity for students and staff to connect with people, cultures and ways of life that might be very different from their own. Through these experiences we form new friendships, broaden our perspectives and deepen our understanding and appreciation for the Arctic. For some participants, they are an opportunity to connect with family whom, separated by long distances, they have never met or might not have seen for a very long time.
During the #SOIArctic2019 Expedition, student Anna Seagrave reconnected with family in the community of Pond Inlet.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Five things you (probably) don't know about Nunavut
Did you know that Nunavut is one-fifth of Canada's land mass? That is huge! #SOIArctic2019 student Devon Manik and fellow participants share five really cool facts about Nunavut.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Expedition Leader Update #3
SOI's Expedition Leader Geoff Green shares an update from an incredible day on the land at Qiajivik (Coutts Inlet), Nunavut, a culturally-rich archaeological site, where we saw the remnants of sod houses and participated in a variety of activities and workshops!Watch
SOI Expedition Moment: Drift Bottle Project
In this SOI Expedition Moment, students prepare their message in a bottle as part of an ongoing research project led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada's and the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia.
Called The Drift Bottle Project, participants onboard Students on Ice expeditions have contributed to this citizen science research project for nearly two decades. As bottles wash up on shores thousands of miles away, finders report the location and this provides valuable data to researchers studying how ocean surface currents are changing.
Over SOI's history, bottles have been found in numerous countries including Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Scotland, France, Portugal and Spain. These findings have led to wonderful connections between individuals in far away countries and even led one Icelandic student to join an SOI Expedition!Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: How do you wish to make an impact in this world?
"How do you wish to make an impact in this world?"
Fifteen diverse students onboard the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition were asked this question. Their responses will inspire and humble you. Here is what they have to say...
SOI Arctic 2019: First time crossing the Davis Strait
The Davis Strait crossing provides an opportunity for students and staff to connect over a multitude of activities and educational opportunities. AND...over sea sickness! Although uncomfortable, it is all part of the experience and what an experience this expedition has been so far!
Daniel Fonseca of New York gives us a glimpse into what it is like to cross the Davis Strait for the first time.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Flipping Iceberg
Did you know that because of the varying densities of ice and saltwater, only about 10 percent of an iceberg is seen above the surface? So you are literally only seeing the tip of the iceberg with 90 percent of the berg underwater! AND melting changes the equilibrium of an iceberg, causing it to flip!
In this SOI Expedition Moment, students and staff guide Ashley Hamilton reflect on the experience of seeing an iceberg flip while stand up paddle boarding off the coast of Uummannaq. Check it out!Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Five things you (probably) don't know about Greenland!
Take a journey through the beautiful community of Uummannaq with #SOIArctic2019 student Iluuna Sorensen and learn some fun facts about Greenland! And here is another - did you know that the Greenlandic term for Greenland is Kalaallit Nunaat?Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Why do you think icebergs are blue?
Why do you think icebergs are blue? Listen to students onboard our #SOIArctic2019 expedition as they contemplate this question while enjoying a Zodiac cruise in Disko Bay among some of the most magnificent icebergs in the world! And then hear from glaciologist Rachel Carr of Newcastle University, for the answer!Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Music by George Woodhouse and Andrew Bresnahan
This SOI Expedition Moment captures the coming together of participants in Disko Bay, Greenland to enjoy music by George Woodhouse with Andrew Bresnahan on cello. A beautiful moment among a sea of icebergs off the coast of Ilulissat.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Disko Bay
In this SOI Expedition Moment onboard the 2019 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition, students share their experience exploring Disko Bay at the base of the llulissat Icefjord. Canadian Museum of Nature scientist Noel Alfonso speaks to the rich biodiversity of the area.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Expedition Leader Update #2
Get up-to-date expedition news from our Expedition Leader Geoff Green, speaking to us from Disko Bay. The team is exploring icebergs and whales just outside of the community of Ilulissat and the magnificent Ilulissat Icefjord.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: First Time Seeing Snow
Our landing in Itilleq Fjord, Greenland was a great opportunity for many firsts amongst our students.
Here's Kelsy Gill's experience seeing snow for the very first time.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Fishing
In this "SOI Moment" onboard the 2019 Arctic Expedition, Eva Nowrakudluk caught the largest fish of the day and Tony Campbell shares what he learned about cleaning fish from his uncle when he was young.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Fire and Tea
In this "SOI Moment" onboard the 2019 Arctic Expedition, students work with Tukumminnguaq to make a fire from the materials they find on land. After creating a successful fire they are able to cook a pot of tea to share.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: First Time on a SUP in Greenland
Have you ever paddled a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) in Greenland? Julia Braeunig of Landstuhl, Germany experienced this for the first time during Day 4 of her Arctic Expedition with Students on Ice in Itilleq Fjord.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: First Time in a Zodiac
Yesterday's arrival in Greenland provided an exciting opportunity for students to experience riding in a Zodiac for the first time as they transferred from shores of Kangerlussuaq to the expedition ship! Here is Eboni Lebehn of Micronesia's experience.Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Expedition Leader Update #1
Today is departure day for the Students on Ice 2019 Arctic Expedition and we have our first update from our Expedition Leader Geoff Green at the Ottawa Airport!
Shout out to our partner First Air for helping to connect youth to the Arctic!
Stay tuned for updates throughout the day each day for news, and follow the journey online on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #SOIArctic2019Watch
SOI Arctic 2019: Ottawa Recap
Following our successful Saavittut program, more students and staff arrived in Ottawa for a couple days of activities before take-off. The days were filled with icebreakers, our launch event, educational activities, zip-lining, orienteering and more!Watch
Arctic 2019: What do you most hope to get out of this experience?
As students from around the world embark on the transformational journey of a lifetime, let's take a look at what they most hope to get out of their Arctic expedition.Watch
Arctic 2019: Saavittut
In Inuktut, Saavittut means “taking off from the shore”, a process that our staff and students undertook over the course of three exciting days between July 21-23, 2019 as part of SOI's Arctic 2019 northern pre-expedition program.
Led by staff at Ottawa’s Nunavut Sivuniksavut and supported by Inuit staff joining the Students on Ice expedition, youth connected with fellow Inuit youth from across Inuit Nunangat and Greenland. Saavittut helped to inspire and empower northern youth in learning more about their own history and culture, and to have the tools to share this with youth participants from all over the world.Watch
Best wishes from Ambassador Ustubs
One week to go before expedition and we can't wait to meet the 130 students joining us from around the world. This year we're excited to welcome youth from every circumpolar country thanks in part to a new partnership with the European Union in Canada. Ambassador Ustubs shares his best wishes for the upcoming journey below.Watch
On this year's Arctic 2019 expedition climate change is just one of five areas of focus for the upcoming expedition. We will be joined by scientists and Inuit elders to bring together a diversity of perspectives to better understand the science and stories of climate change adaptation and mitigation.Watch
The Blue Economy
On this year’s Arctic 2019 expedition one of the focuses will be on the Blue Economy. Youth need ways to find out about and gain experience in Blue Economy work sectors. The Blue Economy offers jobs in a range of sectors, including shipping, science, fishing/aquaculture, tourism, conservation and policy. As the world becomes aware of this potential, more and more jobs will be created.Watch
Throughout the Students on Ice Arctic 2019 journey we will visit several Northern communities and also share stories about the communities we call home. We will discuss different characteristics of strong and healthy communities and explore how each of us can contribute to these in our own communities.Watch
On the Arctic 2019 Expedition we are looking forward to better understanding our impact on the ocean, and the ocean's impact on us.
We will have experts onboard whose work touches on ocean issues from a variety of perspectives. With staff ranging from leaders in ocean literacy to marine biologists on board we will learn about trophic levels, zooplankton, Marine Protected Areas, and more!Watch
Sustainable Development Goals
This collection of 17 diverse goals set by the United Nations in 2015 aims to guide global development and create positive change towards 2030.
On #SOIArctic2019 we will dive into how we can implement action for these goals in our home communities.Watch
Join us for the Arctic 2019 Expedition!
Next summer, between July 23rd and August 7th, join more than 100 youth from across Canada and around the world on an inspiring two-week journey to explore Canada's High Arctic and Western Greenland with a team of Indigenous and non Indigenous scientists, artists, musicians, historians and visionary leaders.Watch