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Clothing and Equipment Checklist

It is very important that you are warm, dry and comfortable. It is especially important that you look after your head, hands and feet. The following list of suggested clothing will cover most of your needs. If you have any questions or concerns about what to bring please contact us at the Students on Ice office.

Students on Ice will also be providing passengers with a few items: a t-shirt, a ball-cap, an expedition journal, and two warm expedition items: a wool toque (wool winter hat/beanie) and an outer layer. Both expedition clothing items are provided by our partner, Canada Goose, a reputable company known for high-end and high-quality winter gear and apparel.

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The checked baggage allowance on our group flights is ONE piece of baggage with a maximum weight of 44lbs (20kgs). The maximum size of the outside dimensions (L+W+H) cannot not exceed 158cm (62in).  Carry-on baggage can be a maximum weight of 11lbs (5kg). We suggest that you use your daypack (small back pack) for the expedition as your carry-on. Please ensure that your baggage is clearly labeled with your name, phone number and home address before traveling from home. It is also recommended that you identify your baggage with something distinctive so that you can recognize it quickly (eg: secure a coloured strap around it).

Photography – Notes & Tips


Just about any camera will work well in the Arctic, from “point-and-shoot”, to “state-of-the-art” 35mm, to digital and video cameras. Many people have great success with the “point-and-shoot” cameras. They take great people, scenery, and wildlife shots. However, note that the light meters can be thrown off by bright snow and ice.


If you are bringing a 35mm or a higher-end digital camera your lenses should preferably range from wide angle (24 – 28mm) to telephoto (200mm and up). Broad range 24 – 75mm and 80 – 300mm zoom lenses are ideal. Bring lens cleaning cloths or tissues to clean your lens. The salty air can leave a film.

Film and Memory Cards

Bring plenty of extra memory cards and/or flash drive space! People take anywhere from 50 to 5000 photos on their expeditions. You will shoot more images than you expect, so make sure you come prepared! It is a good idea to bring large capacity memory cards and a couple extras. Computers will be available on board to upload photos, so bring one or two USB keys if you have one.


Batteries can fail quickly in cold temperatures. Bring an extra supply of batteries or a battery recharger (as well as an adaptor) for all your camera equipment.

Protecting your Camera Gear

It is a good idea to bring some sort of a protective, waterproof bag or a Pelican case for your camera and accessories. Budget-conscious travelers can improvise with items like heavy-duty garbage bags or zip-lock bags.

Selfie Sticks

Please note that selfie sticks are banned on the Expedition. With professional photographers and videographers on board, we take photos for everyone. To have the best quality photos and videos, we need to keep selfie sticks out of the picture. Please do not bring your selfie stick on the trip.

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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