Hearts In The Ice - The Adventures of the First Two Women to Overwinter Solo in Svalbard

In 2019-2020 Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm became the first women in history to overwinter in the Arctic without men. They have spent the last winter isolated at the 78th parallel in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, in a small uninsulated trapper’s hut called “Bamsebu”, with no running water or electricity, and subjected to one of the harshest climates on earth, surrounded by polar bears and total darkness.

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Hearts In The Ice - The Adventures of the First Two Women to Overwinter Solo in Svalbard

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Their self-imposed isolation has had tremendous outreach: together with Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants, a global network for teaching across continents, they engaged with students worldwide in areas of science, exploration and education on topics that ranged from the aurora to our ocean to global weather patterns. They also collected valuable data as citizen scientists on northern lights, marine plastics, cloud formations, ice, ocean water, phytoplankton, and wildlife.


“We jumped in with our hearts in the ice last year to self-isolate, immerse in the cycles of change in the Arctic for 12 months, to observe, record and share stories.” says Strøm

But after a long, dark, polar night came the pandemic,which gave a new meaning to their expedition, and forced them to recalibrate the compass. Thus their decision to extend their engagement for another winter.

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