Overwintering In Bamsebu

Hearts In The Ice

2 Women – Polar Ambassadors

1 Trapper’s Hut – No Electricity or Running Water

9 Months – 270 Days, 90 Days of Complete Darkness

140 KM Away From Civilization

6 Science Projects

100’s of Classrooms Connected Globally

1 Mission – To Engage a global community in the dialogue around Climate Change and what we can all do

Overwintering In Bamsebu

Hearts In The Ice

 

2 Women – Polar Ambassadors

1 Trapper’s Hut – No Electricity or Running Water

9 Months – 270 Days, 90 Days of Total Darkness

140 KM Away From Civilization

6 Science Projects

100’s of Classrooms Connected Globally

1 Mission – To engage a global community in the dialogue around Climate change and what we can all do

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Sometimes The Heart Must Lead The Way

   “Med Hjertet i isen” is Norwegian for “Hearts in the Ice”. The name itself is the soul of Hilde Fålun Strøm. The planned overwintering at the trapper’s hut, Bamsebu, was borne out of her love for the fascinating landscape, wildlife, ice, snow and the magical Arctic Light experienced through her deep, immersive exploration of Svalbard, Norway; a place most have never even seen.

Hilde Fålun Strøm

Bamsebu will be a platform for global dialogue about the changes we are experiencing in the Polar Regions, why these changes matter for the rest of the world, and what we can do about protecting our natural world.

Climate change is having a greater impact in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet. Temperatures have increased by twice the global average in the past 50 years.

Sunniva Sorby, Hilde’s polar opposite with deep expertise in Antarctica, will join her at Bamsebu.  An experienced expeditioner, Sunniva was among the first all-women team to ski across Antarctica to the South Pole, and has spent 23 years working in Antarctica as a guide and historian.

Sunniva Sorby

Life at Bamsebu, from August 2019 to May 2020, will be broadcast via Iridium Satellite and published in social media to scientists, school children and interested citizens around the world.

Hosted video chats will connect schools globally. Hilde and Sunniva will engage students and teachers from around the world with twice monthly live video hangouts. Teachers: Want to involve your class? (school year Oct 2019-Jun 2020).  Contact Us!

Hilde and Sunniva will serve as citizen scientists for 9 months at Bamesebu, where they will collect weather and wildlife observations and data for the Norwegian Polar Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U of M Climate Change Institute, UNIS and NASA.

Two of the projects they are doing in the Arctic will be ongoing throughout the 9 months and will be mirrored in Antarctica with Polar Latitudes from Nov 2019 – March 2020.

Due to their combined 46 years of observations and experience in the Arctic and Antarctic, Hilde and Sunniva are uniquely qualified and inspired to be of service in this way. They will also test innovative technologies, including solar and wind equipment from Power Controlls and Assemblin, satellite communication from Iridium, and test an electric snowmobile.

They have woven together a diverse web of experts that are Advisory Board members, Sponsors and Partners to help us understand the rapid escalation of climate change and why all of our voices and participation are needed, today!

They invite everyone to get involved and to be part of Hearts In The Ice. Learn more about how you can participate.

The Adventure of a Lifetime

Sometimes The Heart Must Lead The Way

   “Med Hjertet i isen” is Norwegian for “Hearts in the Ice”. The name itself is the soul of Hilde Fålun Strøm. The planned overwintering at the trapper’s hut, Bamsebu, was borne out of her love for the fascinating landscape, wildlife, ice, snow and the magical Arctic Light experienced through her deep, immersive exploration of Svalbard, Norway; a place most have never even seen.

Bamsebu will be a platform for global dialogue about the changes we are experiencing in the Polar Regions, why these changes matter for the rest of the world, and what we can do about protecting our natural world.

Climate change is having a greater impact in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet. Temperatures have increased by twice the global average in the past 50 years.

Sunniva Sorby, Hilde’s polar opposite with deep expertise in Antarctica, will join her at Bamsebu.  An experienced expeditioner, Sunniva was among the first all-women team to ski across Antarctica to the South Pole, and has spent 23 years working in Antarctica as a guide and historian.

Sunniva Sorby

Life at Bamsebu, from August 2019 to May 2020, will be broadcast via Iridium Satellite and published in social media to scientists, school children and interested citizens around the world.

Hosted video chats will connect schools globally. Hilde and Sunniva will engage students and teachers from around the world with twice monthly live video hangouts. Teachers: Want to involve your class? (school year Oct 2019-Jun 2020).  Contact Us!

Hilde Fålun Strøm

Hilde and Sunniva will serve as citizen scientists for 9 months at Bamesebu, where they will collect weather and wildlife observations and data for the Norwegian Polar Institute, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U of M Climate Change Institute, UNIS and NASA.

Two of the projects they are doing in the Arctic will be ongoing throughout the 9 months and will be mirrored in Antarctica with Polar Latitudes from Nov 2019 – March 2020.

Due to their combined 46 years of observations and experience in the Arctic and Antarctic, Hilde and Sunniva are uniquely qualified and inspired to be of service in this way.

They will also test innovative technologies, including solar and wind equipment from Power Controlls and Assemblin, satellite communication from Iridium, and test an electric snowmobile.

They have woven together a diverse web of experts that are Advisory Board members, Sponsors and Partners to help us understand the rapid escalation of climate change and why all of our voices and participation are needed, today!

They invite everyone to get involved and to be part of Hearts In The Ice. Learn more about how you can participate.

Hearts In The Ice

Watch The Video

 

In this five minute video trailer, Hilde and Sunniva share the what and why of their citizen science expedition.  Filmed on location in Svalbard where the historic Bamsebu trapper’s hut is located – the place they will call home for 9 months through the Arctic winter 2019-2020.

Hearts In The Ice

The Bamsebu Project

 

The Project

   Two women, Hilde Fålun Strøm (Norway), and Sunniva Sorby (Canada) will inhabit the remote, historic trapper’s cabin “Bamsebu” in the High Arctic -78°N. in Svalbard, Norway.  Bamsebu is located 140 km away from the nearest neighbor.

   For 9 months beginning in August 2019 Hilde and Sunniva will live at Bamsebu where there is no running water or electricity.

   They will serve as Citizen Scientists, collecting data for existing research being conducted in the Arctic.

   Polar bears will be their closest neighbors at Bamsebu. They will be the first women to overwinter in Svalbard without men.

Citizen Science Tasks

   Provide measurements, observations and data to The Norwegian Polar Institute and The Norwegian Meterological Institute.

   Analyze the influence that the Gulf Stream has on the west coast of Spitsbergen through The Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

   Take observations for NASA that will help their satellites better understand how clouds assist in the overall changes in our planet’s climate.

   Collect as much plastic trash as possible from the area and neighboring beaches.

   Field test cutting edge technology in one of the world’s most extreme environments. From solar and wind energy, satellite communication, to an electric snowmobile.

   Discover how it is possible to minimize their carbon footprint in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean

 

Location of Bamsebu

 

What They’re Saying

“As a polar explorer and educator, I support the Hearts in the Ice project which aims to collect important scientific data and raise broad public awareness about the Arctic.”

Will Steger

Explorer, educator, author, entrepreneur, and eyewitness to the effects of climate change. Founder of Climate Generation Climategen.org

“I wholeheartedly endorse and applaud the Hearts in the Ice project and salute the heroic expedition leaders.
They are not only gathering valuable scientific observations and insights; they are going beyond to inform and inspire others, especially students, who receive their messages from the field in classrooms globally.”

Sylvia A. Earle

National Geographic Explorer In Residence and Founder of Mission Blue.org

“Sunniva & Hilde from Heart In The Ice were the first non-commercial or non-military entity to receive Ground Control’s new MCD-MissionLINK portable satellite terminal. This terminal incorporates new technology that allows high-speed Internet & phone connectivity in extreme polar regions… the very kind of need that Sunniva and Hilde required for their venture in Bamsebu.

Ground Control, along with MetOcean and Iridium are excited to be a part of this dynamic duo and their mission of global climate change awareness. They will weather the long night in a remote cabin yet be broadcasting real-time video connectivity with schools and citizen scientists and organizations worldwide… Something that I for one am deeply behind.”

Mark Wright

Founder – Ground Control   www.GroundControl.com 

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