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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 take time to carefully read through these expectations.

Illicit Drugs, Alcohol & Cigarettes

A strict no illicit drug and alcohol policy will be in place throughout the entire expedition from the time you leave home until you return. This policy will be strictly enforced at all times. Cigarette smoking during the expedition is strongly discouraged, but if required, cigarettes may only be smoked in designated areas.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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. Don’t forget to behave accordingly, and set high standards for yourself.

Disciplinary Measures

If a student 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) A verbal and/or written warning, b) Refusing you the right to participate in certain activities during the expedition, c) Contacting your family to explain your actions, d) Sending you home early at your own expense.

Personal Technological Devices

No personal laptops, iPods, DVD players, etc. are allowed during the expedition at any time. Use of these devices is acceptable during travel days to/from Ottawa. Cell phones may be used for photos if, and only if, they serve as a student’s sole camera. We live in a media and technology saturated world, and this policy will allow you to step outside your comfort zone and make the most of your experience. Furthermore, the inability to hear announcements, instructions and possible alarms at any time of day may compromise your safety while onboard the ship.

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

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