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.