Hearts In The IceAbout Us
Hearts In The Ice
Hearts in the Ice is a platform for social engagement around climate change, started by Hilde Fålun Strøm and Sunniva Sorby. It is a 9-month overwintering project in the High Arctic of Svalbard, Norway. Starting in August 2019 Hilde (Norway) and Sunniva (Canada) will inhabit the 20 sq mtr trappers cabin “Bamsebu”- 78’N. They will be the first women to over-winter in Svalbard without men.
The project will serve as a platform for global dialogue and engagement concerning the changes we are experiencing in the Polar Regions which impacts the world and what we all, individually, might be able to do about it. Life at Bamsebu will be broadcast and published via Iridium satellite through social media to scientists, school children, adventurers, and interested citizens from around the world.
While at Bamsebu, for 9 months, from August 2019 to May 2020, Hilde and Sunniva will serve as citizen scientists by collecting data for existing research being conducted in the Arctic. A few of these projects will be conducted simultaneously in the Antarctic and shared with all on Social Media. They invite everyone to get involved and take the time to understand what is happening in their neighborhood.
They will be pioneers in using electric snowmobiles in addition to having the smallest carbon footprint possible, utilizing solar and wind energy, and reducing all packaging from their suppliers and providers.
They are 2 women with a deep love for the Polar regions who want to highlight the real changes happening, and engage individual action in a positive way!
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Bamsebu Project Goals
Hearts In The Ice is a platform for social engagement. Connecting students, scientists, manufacturers, environmental organizations, and all citizens in the conversation around climate change. Every contribution matters. Together, we can make a difference. The power of one.
We will take observations and gather data in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute, Norwegian Meterological Institute, NASA, The Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Our findings will add to existing research in the Arctic. Two of these projects will be mirrored in Antarctica with Polar Latitudes’ Citizen Science Program.
While at Bamsebu, we will field test cutting edge technology in one of the world's most extreme environments. We will use solar and wind energy, satellite communication, and electric snowmobiles. We will discover what is possible in minimizing our carbon footprint.
What They’re Saying
“We are so thrilled Sunniva and Hilde are bringing awareness to the poles and have partnered as Citizen Scientists with FjordPhyto!
The polar regions are dynamic and changing fast. These changes affect the biology of the ecosystem, starting with the food source – phytoplankton.
The power of monitoring change comes from data gathered week after week. Sunniva and Hilde are in the perfect position to be at the front lines, helping further our understanding of how these precious places operate.”
Allison Cusick, FjordPhyto Project Lead Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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Hilde Fålun Strøm
Project Leader – Bamsebu
Product Manager for Hurtigruten, Svalbard
Married, 2 children, 3 grandchildren, has been living in Svalbard for 23 years
Member of the Negotia Board, a Union
Expedition Leader- Svalbard Summit Ski Festival 2016, Arctic Haute Route 2017, Arctic Ski & Sail 2018, Reality TV Program “71° Nord”
Responsible for all operations of the classic ship M/S Nordstjernen
Meteorological Observer at Jan Mayen and at Bear Island, 2013-14 (8 months total)
Has spent more than a full year total in Trapper’s Huts in the High Arctic
Has had more than 200 polar bear encounters
Has approx 60,000km on Snowmobile on Svalbard
Proficient in big game hunting – reindeer, fox, fowl – Svalbard
Experienced in : Kayaking, Snowmobiling, Glacier Travel, Boat handling – Captain, Skiing, Dogsledding, Photography and Trekking
Director, Global Sales for Polar Latitudes – Antarctic Operator
Fellow, RCGS – Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Resident of Squamish, BC, Canada
Member – Historic Women’s South Pole Expedition 92-93- First Canadian Woman
Expedition Leader Greenland Crossing 1999 – First Canadian Woman
Expedition Leader King George Island Crossing 1998
Skied Sierra Haute Route 1996
Climbed Kilimanjaro 5 times
Lead Instructor for Adventure 16 – Backpacking, Backcountry Navigation, Winter camping
Born in Tonsberg Norway – raised in Canada
Nominated as Woman of the Year in 2002 for efforts to promote sports education for young girls and women
Worked as Historian/Zodiac driver in Svalbard, Canadian Arctic and Antarctica
Frequent lecturer in Antarctica and on Polar regions – for over 23 years
Experienced in Mtn Biking, Running (8 marathons), Glacier Travel, Trekking, Kayaking and has one good eye for a firearm