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International Polar Year


Welcome to the SOI International Polar Year Arctic Expedition 2008! 

The Students on Ice - International Polar Year Arctic Youth Expedition 2008 is one of the most exciting and important contributions to the International Polar Year, and one of the most comprehensive youth expeditions ever undertaken!

The ship-based journey will explore southern Baffin Island, Nunavut and the northern reaches of Nunavik. It will involve 66 international students, aged 13-20, as well as a team of 30 scientists, polar experts, educators, artists and environmentalists. The team includes 22 northern aboriginal youth, as well as participants from Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Norway, the United Kingdom, Monaco, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

While on the expedition, participants will encounter wildlife, including whales, polar bears, musk-oxen, and seabirds; visit northern communities; learn about the effects of climate change on the Arctic ecosystem and the science and traditional knowledge perspectives; and participate in 'hands-on' educational and research activities.

Every day of the expedition will be different than the last, including shore landings, hikes, community visits, zodiac cruises, and ship-based exploration. The education program includes lectures, workshops, naturalist seminars, and small group discussions.

The main themes of our expedition include:

  • A focus on International Polar Year priorities.
  • The impacts of climate change on the Arctic region and its people.
  • The role of the Arctic as a cornerstone of our planet's ecosystem.
  • Inspiring future leaders and ambassadors for our planet.

This expedition is a unique opportunity for participating youth to expand their knowledge of the circumpolar world and to gain a new global perspective of our planet, its wonders, and its present and future challenges.

For those interested in joining us on an upcoming Students on Ice Arctic or Antarctic expedition, please visit our main website or contact our office.




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