Hearts in the Ice 2022/2023
Hearts is the Ice (HITI) is the team of Hilde Fålun Strøm and Sunniva Sorby – two seasoned polar ambassadors and citizen scientists. Hearts in the ice was created in 2018 and is a platform for social engagement connecting students, scientists, manufacturers, environmental organizations, and all who care about the health of our planet, in the conversation around climate change and ways we can all be a part of the solution.
From September 2019 to May 2021 Sunniva and Hilde spent a total of 18 months living in a remote trappers cabin called “Bamsebu” located in South Spitsbergen National park in Svalbard, isolated and 140 km from the closest neighbor.
With a zero carbon footprint, no running water and no electricity, they relied on solar and wind for power needs. They used a Thales-Marlink connected Satellite and were self-sufficient.
News features were numerous including a recent feature in TIME MAGAZINE
Over the course of those 18 months they were able to connect with over 100,000 youth/individuals from around the world working with their education partner Exploring by the Seat of your pants. They hosted live classroom video calls while they called in via satellite and connected experts to youth on relevant topics to address and understand climate change and what we as individuals can do to affect change.
Monthly topics included: Technology, Weather, Polar Bears, Our Ocean, Plastics, Power of Community, Citizen Science, Mental & Physical health, Bio-diversity, Global women in STEM and Citizen Science.
“Hearts in the Ice is more than a project, more than two brave women managing to stay on their own during a polar winter. It is a model for how scientists, industrial partners, explorers, artists and other stakeholders can meet in a common action to focus on polar climate changes. They are following in the footsteps of other polar pioneers, but his time not hunting for fur and skins, but knowledge and wisdom” – Borge Damsgard – UNIS
Science partners during those 18 months included: Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Fjordphyto), BCIT- Indrobotics, NASA (Globe observer, Aurorasaurus and a Rocket Launch), Norwegian Polar Institute, the University Centre of Svalbard and a joint project on Isolation and Coping with the University of Bergen, University of Minnesota and University of Manchester. Isolation and Coping in extreme environments. Testimonials around data collected, value and team competency to conduct extreme citizen science is available upon request.
Upcoming Live Events
Hearts in the Ice and Hurtigruten LIVE from Antarctica!
January 24th @ 12:00pm eastern
Join Hearts in the Ice and Hurtigruten LIVE from Antarctica!
In 2021 Sunniva and Hilde were invited to be godmothers for the world’s first Battery-Hybrid Expedition Cruise ship – the MS Fridtjof Nansen. For the first time ever they will be onboard the vessel leaving Ushuaia Argentina and sailing to Antarctica. They will broadcast live from the Icy continent to share amazing wildlife encounters, the beautiful light, and ice that make this continent one of the most magical places on our planet.
A bit about Fridtjof Nansen- Many consider Fridtjof Nansen to be one of the greatest men Norway has ever nurtured. Even during his lifetime he became a legend; he was the personification of a great hero; the first among sportsmen, explorers, research workers, statesmen, and humanitarians. Long after his death millions continued to remember him as the foremost exponent of human compassion.