AUGUST 6 UPDATES
(All photos by Lee Narraway)
This morning, our team continues the incredible journey north along Labrador's beautiful and rugged coast. As you can see from the photos as of late, the team has been spotting some awesome wildlife, including minke whales, seals - and of course - polar bears!
Life on board continues to be busy and exhilarating! The team is landing today at Port Burwell, Killiniq Island today for some zodiac cruising, hiking and exploration.
Early morning yoga
In addition to the visits to Killiniq Island today - our team is very busy with continuing workshops.
Liv Oldenburg Lynge
Gary Baike, Visitor Experience Manager of Torngat Mountains at Rose Island, Labrador
After the afternoon's landing today, the team will break into Workshop groups...
- Initiating an Action Project - from idea to implementation
- Packaging your Experience
- Advocacy and Government Relations
- Writing an Op-Ed
- Art and Activism
- SOI Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development preview
- Online storytelling and blogging
And of course tonight is our final night on board the ship!
We will have a special Farewell Dinner with the Captain in the dining room and a special evening of events planned in the Lounge. There will be music, dancing, slides shows, video presentations - and lots of laughs!
As the team are deep in the Labrador fjords again today, we can't guarantee a lot of photo or video updates this morning, but we know that between landings, our communications team (led by the SOI veteran Alex Taylor) will be out on the top deck with our BGAN satellite system searching the Labrador sky for a signal!
Polar Bear swimming & fishing in Nachvac Fjord
Icebergs, no two are alike!
Kristin Kolka Bjarnadottir, Holar, Iceland
Today is our last day on the ship and tomorrow we will be arriving in Ottawa. It's hard to believe that it's almost over: time went by so fast! These two weeks have been packed with a month's worth of action and when you look back, it's hard to believe that it's only been two weeks. We've seen blue whales, finback whales, minke whales, dolphins, seals, caribou, birds and polar bears! I never thought I would see a polar bear, but yesterday I did and not only one. We've been on awesome hikes up mountains, to waterfalls and lakes; we've played with Greenlandic kids on the streets in their town; we sat around a camp fire with other youth at their camp and we've heard stories and life experiences of elders. Even just being on the Clipper Adventurer has been an adventure: you can be out on deck scouting for wildlife or you can be in the lounge, drinking a cup of tea with your friends. Workshops have been informative and fun and one of my regrets is that I couldn't do more workshops. Presentations have been varied and I now know the meaning of life and how to "eat an elephant". I think I will even miss Geoff's "Good morning, Students on Ice" wake up call. This expedition has been amazing, life changing and a whole lot of fun, and my unrealistic hope is that I will remember everything about this trip forever. Thank you everyone for making this trip so special!
Nausheen Rajan, Orlando, Florida
Imagine. Imagine if you could see the world at one glimpse and capture the last few moments and keep it in your memory. That is what I've been constantly doing, and am still doing. The last few days have been remarkable. As the journey comes to an end, and I look back on the last two weeks...I definitely would have not changed anything at all. I would like to take the time to thank my sponsors. Without them, it would have not been possible. There is so much to look forward to within the reach of morrow's horizon, and so much to take home and think about that I hope I will use my experience effectively and positively. We depart to Ottawa tomorrow, and I'm not sure if I'm ready to go back home just yet. There is always more to explore, see and learn. I hope to come back to this beautiful region of the Earth one day, and I hope that the connections I have made only strengthen. This has been the journey of a lifetime, and my boat will keep on sailing until it can't sail anymore.
Peregrine Falcon hunting a seagull at Killiniq Island