Let’s talk about an extra special experience and a very important cause. Our Hearts in the Ice Svalbard Cruise is one of the most exciting and important Signature Journeys that we have ever created and we can’t wait to tell you about it!
The idea for this tour came from our partnership with the international climate change project, Hearts in the Ice. Their goal is to launch global dialogue and social engagement around climate change in the Polar Regions. We will tell you more about this pioneering project, their research, and why it is important in a bit, but first, let’s discuss this extraordinary journey that you won’t find anywhere else!
You will truly be cruising with a purpose on this Signature Journey to Svalbard, Norway. Our Hearts in the Ice Svalbard Cruise celebrates the accomplishments of the Hearts in the Ice project with a trip to the Arctic to learn about and see the effects of climate change firsthand! We have coordinated an exclusive meeting with the team of Hearts in the Ice, Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålum Strøm, after their return to civilization, to hear about their experiences, observations, challenges, and successes, while overwintering at a remote trappers cabin in Svalbard. Then we’ll board Hurtigruten’s MS Spitsbergen for our own voyage through the Svalbard archipelago. There will be opportunities to participate in scientific research and data collection through an onboard Citizen Science program and the chance to witness some effects of climate change for ourselves!
Svalbard, Norway, a remote Arctic archipelago found along the 80th parallel, is halfway between Norway and the North Pole. It is home to the Seed Vault and is an important research center for scientists from all over the world. It also features stunning landscapes, fascinating history, and unique wildlife, including polar bears. Svalbard is an excellent destination for visitors to experience arctic life, and learn about climate change.
Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm are two people who have taken climate change to heart and have embarked on a nine-month venture, Hearts in the Ice, to survey rapid climate change escalation in the Arctic. They want to increase people’s awareness and understanding of climate change and its effects on some of the most remote and integral areas of the world.
Hilde and Sunniva embarked on their expedition to Svalbard, Norway in September (2019) to conduct observations and gather data about climate change in association with the Norwegian Polar Institute, The Norwegian Meteorological Institute, NASA, and The Scripps Institute of Oceanography. They are the first all-female team to overwinter in Svalbard and will not return to civilization until May (2020). Their activities are being broadcast in real-time via the Iridium satellite through social media to scientists, students, adventurers, and interested citizens all around the world through their blog. They hope that their findings will help scientists and others further understand the complexity of the climate change issue.
Their accommodations are a remote trapper cabin called Bamsebu, and as seasoned expedition leaders, they have exceptional skills and experience to endure their surroundings and weather the extreme weather conditions in this spectacular arctic location.
Their blog is a great way to follow along on their adventures and we will be sharing their posts on our social media throughout the next several months, so stay tuned!
Consider joining us on this fantastic adventure in support of these two women who are determined to make a difference. Help us celebrate their accomplishments and contribute to the research through the Citizen Science programs available aboard this cruise. Become part of the change that our world needs, and know that you are doing it with a company that cares about the environment and is dedicated to being an active member of our global community.
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