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Tribute to the curiosity of the early pioneers!

Tribute to the curiosity of the early pioneers!

In the north are quivering arches of faint aurora, trembling now like awakening longings, but presently, as if at the touch of a magic wand, to storm as streams of light through the dark blue of heaven-never at peace, restless as the very soul of man - Fridtjof Nansen...

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Time

Time

50 plus years of preparation? Maybe we can say it like that. Seems like everything we have done in our lives, up until now, has prepared us in one way or another for this life at the “edge”. All of our skills developed and experiences gained over time that is...

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Training for the Olympics

Training for the Olympics

Running base layer - check, wool tights over baselayer - check, wool skirt over base - check, 2 pairs of socks - check, running shoes - check, gaitors - check, down jacket - check, waist belt with holster and signal pistol - check, weapon for polar bear safety -...

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Double polar bear sighting in 12 hours!

Double polar bear sighting in 12 hours!

We are less than two months into our Bamsebu overwintering, so it was just a matter of time before we had our first polar bear encounter. What a few days it has been. We have seen two polar bears in 12 hours! What elevates your heart rate, we ask? Is it running a...

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For the Love of Science!

For the Love of Science!

What in the world is Citizen Science and why do we do it? In its richest form “Citizen Science” has the power to transform science and society. We live in a time where technology and information are abundant so it only makes sense to share information and collaborate...

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Running in the dark, D3 and a waterfall of light!

Running in the dark, D3 and a waterfall of light!

Much of the suspenseful polar literature we have read around explorers that have endured long periods of darkness, survival and despair points to the necessity of routine, celebration and rituals. We officially lost the sun as it dipped below the horizon line on Sat...

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We’re all vulnerable

We’re all vulnerable

Vulnerability is something we have all experienced in our lives. Some more than others. Vulnerability can show up in in the absence of many of our basic needs - often things we all take for granted. Things like food, shelter, and warmth - all crucial for survival. In...

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Wildlife sightings and data collection

Wildlife sightings and data collection

October is mating month for the Svalbard Reindeer and our sightings have been absolutely phenomenal. The strong bulls can defend a harem of more than 10 cows. They are not shy at all and have no predators so perhaps it was not a strange encounter when a large male...

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First week at Bamsebu

First week at Bamsebu

The September 13th departure from the Coal pier in Longyearbyen was sealed with a powerful performance by 14 men from the “Store Norske Mannskor”- sharing songs and folklore from Svalbard’s rich history. All 100 guests were onboard soaking in the moments before we...

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Reflections from our Countdown to Bamsebu!

Reflections from our Countdown to Bamsebu!

The reality of a 9-month overwintering stay at Bamsebu has hit! The list of provisions seemed like a never ending project and so enormous that it was really hard to hit the send button to place the food order. So grateful for the support from Eurosupply! I mean how...

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Lots of Updates!

Lots of Updates!

Dear all!   We have a few good reasons why we have not sent out a blog lately. Now it's time to share a few updates! - What we are doing to get “Bamsebu Ready” for our 9-month overwintering Expedition, how to send us letters before we leave. - Link to the hosted...

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Hearts In The Ice GoFundMe Campaign

Hearts In The Ice GoFundMe Campaign

We'd like to express a heartfelt "Thank You" to our supporters who have donated on our GoFundMe page!  EVERY donation, large or small, is received with gratitude and makes a meaningful difference.  We invite everyone to support our mission to create a platform for...

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Ellen Kvam Norwegian Design

Ellen Kvam Norwegian Design

A small piece of glass. So simple, so clean and so beautiful. So fragile if not taken care of – just like the climate. I am so fond of colors. The sparkle in the light we surround ourselves with in nature. Morning glow or sunset, moonlight or northern lights, the...

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Connecting Citizen Science and Bamsebu!

Connecting Citizen Science and Bamsebu!

Just before citizens of the world rang in 2019, Hilde and Sunniva met up in Hilde’s hometown of Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Planning for a remote 9 –month Expedition is a complex web of tasks, lists, calls, emails and follow- through. Whatever time we can spend together...

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Podcast: Introducing Hearts In The Ice

Podcast: Introducing Hearts In The Ice

Listen in as Peter Neill, Director of The World Ocean Observatory introduces Hearts In The Ice and the Bambsebu overwintering project to his listeners on World Ocean Radio. The World Ocean Observatory (W2O) offers a new model for ocean communications, aggregating...

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FutureTalks

FutureTalks

(Photo by Jan Khur)   Camilla Hagen Sørli and Silje Vallestad established ”FutureTalks”. The idea was to collect "100 brilliant minds" leaders of the future, aboard a ship in the far north, and try to define the 10 most important questions of tomorrow. As the...

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Summer Update 2021

18 months of data collection at Bamsebu are complete!  Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom have reached over 100,000 youth from around the world through monthly satellite hosted calls, with plans being drafted for School Year 2021-22.

It is book launch time in late August!  For partner opportunities or lectures please contact heartsintheice@gmail.com

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