2015 Season & Sale Info

  Arctic Tern I is currently scheduling research and media projects for the 2015 season and is also for sale. About Arctic Tern I Registered in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic Tern I is a polar expedition sailboat – strong, safe, nimble, and equipped to go just about anywhere. At 47 feet and with a retractable…

23 September – Sailing South

As the saying goes, “there are old sailors and bold sailors, but not many old, bold sailors”. And so it’s with this maritime adage in mind that we formed our strategy for the voyage south this year. For the two previous trips south, in 2012 and 2013, from South Baffin Island to South Labrador, we…

August 19th – Going home…

We had been with Oceans North for a week. We had seen wildlife, gone on hikes and visited many camps where local Inuit hunt during the short Arctic Summer. The days were becoming shorter. Fall was coming. We could feel it in the air. It was now time to head back home. Grant and Sam…

August 9th – 8 on a 47-foot sailboat

After less than 24 hours to refuel, fill up with water, go grocery shopping and squeeze in a visit at the hospital to resupply our antibiotics, it was time to welcome onboard our next group from Ocean’s North. We hadn’t had time to do laundry or have a shower, nor really prepare to set a…

Technology!

Hi everyone at home! A quick note to reassure you: we’ve lost our primary satellite communications and consequently can’t receive any emails.So, if you’ve emailed us and we haven’t replied .. no need to worry! We are safe, sound, and happily exploring Milne Inlet with the fabulous film crew from Oceans North Canada! Bonus photo…

Aasiaat to Ilulissat

Today began with mandolin, accordion, and penny-whistle jamming on the Aasiaat dock. Grant had met yet another group of old friends, a French climbing team in the yacht behind us, and the young Frenchmen serenaded our departure to ‘What do we do with a Drunken Sailor?’ An entirely theoretical question, in our case! We made…

Warm Welcome in Sisimiut (As Always)

Over the years, Students on Ice has developed a very warm relationship with the people and community of Sisimiut. That warmth has been extended, to our great gratitude, to Arctic Tern and this year was no exception. Earlier today, we found ourselves drifting with a pod of humpback whales. At least 20 of them dived…