And with that, the #SOIArctic2017 expedition has come to a close. We are very grateful for an incredible team, stunning learning opportunities and smooth sailing. Until next year!
To close the show, Expedition co-managers, Jennifer and Shirley, give the last important logistical notes for students and staff.
Mel introduces a powerful song that she helped Jasmine, from Sachs Harbour, produce while on the ship.
Nangmalik, from Arviat, keeps it short and sweet while talking about the healing he felt personally while on expedition.
Geoff and Tristan.
Tristan, from Calgary, shares some of a spoken word poem he wrote on the ship about the feeling of belonging.
Dylan, from Palau, has a laugh while he talks about what it was like to see ice (outside of a cup)!
William, from New York, reflects on some of the impactful staff he met while on expedition.
Geoff and Emily.
Emily, from Vancouver, shares about some of the most influential moments she experienced on expedition.
First of the student presenters, Caroline and Sarah-Éve share some of the highlights of expedition and what they hope to do next.
Sasha, a students from Richmond Hill, conducts the audience through a series of claps while Nelson throat-boxes.
Throat-boxer, Nelson Tagoona, shares what expedition was like for him.
Jess Bolduc of the 4R's Youth Movement speaks about making change and impact after expedition.
Author and storyteller, Arvaarluk shares about his 1st experience as an educator on a Students on Ice expedition.
Roger and Kieran, scientists at the Canadian Museum of Nature, say a few words about working with the students during botany and palaeontology workshops.
Multimedia Creator & Coordinator, Sira watches the recap video she made with the videography team.
Cassy performs a song she wrote on expedition with the support of D'Ari.
Darkspark duo, Mel and D'Ari perform a beautiful song.
Arvaarluk and Bruce and Vicki Heyman listening to all the incredible moments of expedition.
Expedition leader, Geoff recaps the expedition highlights for friends and families.
At the Welcome Back celebration Museum of Nature president, Meg Beckel shares warm wishes.
Saying goodbye to the last landing of #SOIArctic2017.
The scale of the Arctic takes our breath away again!
Joseph, Cassandra, Zohreh, Muriel and Breyn pose for a picture in front of the ice sheet.
Caroline, Carter and Marina look at their field notes.
Lois living her best life!
The Greenland ice sheet is the second largest body of ice on earth.
Reflecting on the different types of ice we have seen on expedition.
The Greenland ice sheet.
Taking in the stunning landscape.
Students make their way down to the ice sheet edge.
A student walks over the rolling hillsides.
Just outside of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
Students explore the land.
Students hop of buses to get from Kangerlussuaq to the Greenland ice sheet.
A Northern Wheatear is spotted through the grass.
On the last morning of expedition students saw muskox on the way to the Greenland Ice sheet.
Latarick performs a rap he wrote on the ship to close out the talent show.
Nuka and Lindsay do a high energy dance!
Narayan performs at the talent show.
Nuka and Biinia perform.
Cassy performances a song she wrote with the help of D'Ari.
Sasha takes part in Jolly's performance.
Jolly explains his performance at the talent show.
Fily, Kiara, Anushka, Stina and Riva sing together.
Tristan performs a spoken word poem he wrote.
Elders Annie and Moose perform together.
Pitsiulaaq plays the accordion while everyone dances!
Emily presents a creative work she put together while on the ship.
Leonardo leads a salsa dancing performance.
Jack performs a song he wrote while on the ship.
Kiersten and Nicole perform together.
Caden and Nooks dance while Jamie plays the drum.
Malaysia staff, Fathen, and students Yusuf and Bella do a traditional performance.
Sasha is up next!
Soomin and Sara perform.
And the talent show begins! Arvaarluk tells a story.
During the last night on the ship Geoff gives a big thank you to the SOI management team.
Eloise, Emily and Marley huddle up to keep warm after their swim.
Students pose for a photo after the excitement of their polar dip!
These waters are a little different than what Leonardo is used to at home!
Matilita and Janice are happy to join the Arctic swim team!
Ben wraps up to keep warm!
Marley and Célia sip hot chocolate to keep warm after their dip.
Students take part in the polar dip in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
The annual polar dip begins!
Jolly loves being out on the land!
Da looks out on the surrounding peaks.
Dr. Joanie keeps warm during the shore landing.
Danko, an educator from Micronesia, takes in the stunning views.
Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord is also known as Evighedsfjord and the Fjord of Eternity.
Clay, Power to Be curriculum coordinator, rests on the shore.
Jolly makes an inukshuk in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Pitsiulaaq, one of the counsellor's onboard this year's expedition.
Da looks out on the stunning landscape.
Students explore a different part of Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord in the second landing of the day.
Veronica from Nunatsiavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Tanis from the Northwest Territories in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Steffie from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Savanna from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Jack H. from Ontario in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Sara from California in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Riva from Ontario in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Students Seth, Marina and Cassandra sponsored by Community Foundations of Canada.
Marina from BC in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Leonardo from Mexico in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Lindsay from New York in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Latarick from Illinois in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Students Elias, Nicole and Jassie sponsored by Kakivak Association.
Nicole from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Katrina from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Jack B. from Newfoundland in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Jassie from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Harrison from BC in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Fily form New York in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Ellen from Hong Kong in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Elias from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Caden from Alaska in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Students Kim and Allysa with staff member Nancy Karetak-Lindell. All sponsored by ArcticNet.
Allysa from Inuvialuit in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Alexia from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Katrina and Savanna.
Manny and Matthew discuss final details.
Students get their ROVs ready to race.
Shelly gets the final touches of her ROV ready for the race.
Dr. Andrew reaches for a good photo from the front of the Zodiac.
A Glaucous Gull glides over the glacier.
Some of the ice in the water leading up to the glacier were bigger than the Zodiac.
The Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord is home to many migratory birds.
Chloe, Jeremy and Cyan pose for a photo in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Layers of dust and soot are darkening the colour of glaciers and snowpacks, causing them to absorb more solar heat and melt more quickly, and earlier in spring.
Arctic flora grows up on the cliff.
Jeremy from Nunavut in Kangerlussuatsiaq Fjord.
Zodiacs cruise through the bergy bits in front of the glacier.
Students watch the glacier calve right in front of them!
A juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake glides over the fjord.
A juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake is spotted on the cliff.
Educators Diz and Sarah after their Zodiac cruise in the fjord.
Yanda on the land in Itilleq Fjord.
Workshops take place on the land in Itilleq Fjord.
#SOIArctic2017 had lots of dancing - square dancing, salsa dancing, waltzing!
Students in a workshop on the land with educator, Jess Bolduc.
Students stand up paddleboard in Itilleq Fjord.
Paddleboards are out!
Itilleq Fjord treated the expedition team to some sun.
Arctic flora 3.
Arctic flora 2.
Arctic flora 1.
The Arctic has a more diverse landscape than most people think.
Célia and Léa representing Monaco in Itilleq Fjord, Greenland!
Lucy in Greenland.
Museum of Nature scientist, Kieran leads an 'ology' workshop.
Qajaqing in the fjord.
Patrick and Kai navigate a drone around the landing site.
Students sponsored by Beatrice Snyder happy to be on the land!
Oceanographer Daniele holds a jellyfish.
Students enjoy a performance from Jeff (accordion), JR (guitar, back), Ian (guitar, front) and Dr. Andrew (cello).
The mountains in Itilleq fjord take our breath away!
Ashley and Shelly share a laugh out on the land.
Carter examines organisms from the pond water under a microscope.
Back on the ship, Janice and Matiilita examine what tiny species were discovered in the pond water from the fjord earlier in the day.
Itilleq Fjord is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains.
Students press flowers after a botany workshop.
Nooks, Nancy, Steffie, Nangmalik and Ben pose for a photo in Itilleq Fjord.
Biinia and Amber have a laugh during their square dance!
Students square dance while Ian, JR and Jeff jam in the circle!
Participants from North and South come together to learn to square dance in the Itilleq Fjord!
Cheering for our performers and square dancing participants!
There seems to be music everywhere we go on this expedition. It's hard not to feel the urge to jam!
Marley and Bronwyn wading deep into the Itilleq Fjord waters!
Moosa and Pitsiulaaq, two expedition counsellors, hold a reflection workshop on the land.
John journals during a reflection workshop on land.
Bronwyn Keatley, Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientist, leads a workshop in Itilleq Fjord, Greenland.
Karen sweeps the water for tiny organisms.
Daniele shows students the micro-organisms that could in the pond during a landing in Itilleq Fjord.
Oceanographer Daniele Bianchi leads a pond water workshop on shore.
Just after this photo was taken Dr. Andrew pulled out his cello, Jamie T. joined him on the fiddle and JR completed the trio with a guitar. While they jammed everyone danced around them with this rainbow in the background.
The entire #SOIArctic2017 family! At Ilulissat Icefjord.
Reflections of the Ilulissat icefjord.
It is suspected that the iceberg that sunk the Titanic came from this icefjord.
Kiara, Fily and Lindsay stop to snap a picture at the icefjord edge.
Experiencing places like the Ilulissat icefjord with friends like these make for memories that last a lifetime.
We spotted a fox out hunting on the ice!
Selina takes in the stunning landscape!
SOI friends are friends for life!
Eric Mattson gives a lecture to all the staff and students about the glacier that feeds into this sea of ice.
This glacier pushes out enough fresh water every day to sustain New York city’s water consumption for one year!
Jolly demonstrates his printmaking techniques for Malia.
A participant works on their painting in the K-zone on the ship.
A close up of the cross section of a caribou antler. So intricate!
Papatsi works on her caribou antler earrings.
Printmaking during workshops on the ship before landing in Ilulissat.
The setting sun makes for incredible pictures out on the ship deck!
This sunset was one for the books!
The orange glow of the sunset lit up the mountains just as evening fell.
The midnight sun turns the waters of the Arctic into a magical place!
An SOI event wouldn't be complete without some sharing - SOI musician, Nelson throat boxed with the Uummannaq Music group!
Youth from the local Children’s Home shared incredible music and dancing with the #SOIArctic2017 participants.
We were lucky enough to watch Uummannaq Music perform a mix of traditional songs as well as Greenlandic pop songs!
Another group of students have the opportunity to paddle in the tradition qajaqs (kayaks)! In the waters around Uummannaq, these students paddle past the rocky shores of the community and icebergs floating in the bay.
Shiloh paddles a traditional qajaq (kayak) in the water around the island.
Students paddle along the side of a grounded iceberg.
The soccer team!
Yuliusi and a new friend chase after a soccer ball in the streets of Uummannaq.
Latarick has a laugh with the youth from Uummannaq during a soccer game.
Staff member Annie excited to be on the ground in Greenland!
"Close your eyes, picture this: one small island filled with picturesque houses of blue, red, and green, incredible rock formations, and icebergs floating in all directions. Now take a deep breath. The air is crisp, but extremely clean and pure. This is what we saw and felt in Uummannaq." - Student Gerol Fang
Edna has a laugh while sharing her Greenlandic culture with participants.
Nicole and Kiersten tour the vibrant village of Uummannaq, visiting the Blubber House and local museum.
Papatsi, an SOI student from Iqaluit.
Ann Andreasen, head of the Uummannaq Children’s Home welcoming us to Uummannaq!
Uummannaq is a village known as the island with the heart-shaped mountain.
After breakfast on the ship participants were called on deck to look at the iceberg filled waters.
Lots of wildlife could be seen from the deck of the MS Ocean Endeavour!
The first whale sightings of #SOIArctic2017! Several fin whales along with a few seals were seen near the ship in the early morning on the way to Uummannaq.
Drake Dance Party!
Jack, Emily and Seth perform a recent creation during the evening wrap up.
Arctic landscapes never disappoint, that's for sure!
A participant works on their linocut in a print making workshop on board.
Gab and Trevor, two of the expedition videographers, lead a workshop on storytelling through imagery.
Cara gives her bottle a good throw during the bottle drop in the Davis Strait.
Da gives his bottle a good throw during the bottle drop in hopes of it being found like the others over the years that have turned up as far adrift as Portugal.
Ivalu speaks during a panel discussion alongside Students on Ice Arctic Youth and Partnership Program Manager Caitlyn Baikie, QIA Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement Manager Becky Mearns and Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada President Nancy Karetak-Lindell.
Max works on his ROV during a workshop on the ship.
Tristan cuts the PVC tube that will be used to build his remote operated vehicle (ROV).
Cyan moulding the Glacier Goo!
Renee and Gerol work together to learn about the effects of changing glaciers on landscapes in the Glacier Goo workshop.
The Glacier Goo workshop provided a hands-on activity where students made glacier models and experimented with how their glaciers modified different landscapes.
Jolly gets cheered on my students as he gets ready for his bottle toss!
Jamie winds up for his bottle drop!
Amber pauses to grin in front of a chart featuring Inuktitut syllabics and words.
Students participated in a smudging ceremony in a workshop on board the ship.
Tristan enjoys a workshop back onboard the ship.
Tanis shares her story during student-led workshops. It was emotional and inspiring experience!
Our shipboard Greenlanders, Nuka, Biinia, and Edna, performed the Greenlandic Masked Dance. This dance is used to entertain in Greenland at events and ceremonies.
Chloe writes the note for her bottle that she will drop in the ocean as part of the Drift Bottle Project.
An iceberg glides past the coast of eastern Nunavut.
Andrew, Mel and D'Ari celebrate after a jam session on a Zodiac.
A representation of a solidarity circle - because it hurts and it all falls apart if anybody lets go!
Julia, Jassie and Elias rest during an on-shore landing.
Celine, Emily, Zohreh, Afsohneh, and Abby hangout in the Arctic sun!
After some time spent connecting with the land, Starr has a sweet snack to show for it – kept safely inside her name tag, no less!
Andy, Yuliusi, and Robert represent Makivik Corporation on the shores of Coutts Inlet.