Sisters Arctic bound

Two Lake Country sisters have been accepted to take part in an international youth expedition to the Arctic.

Louisa and Leonie Steigenberger have been accepted into the Students on Ice program, which offers youth from around the world the chance to learn from polar experts, scientists, Inuit elders, historians, musicians, and educators.

Only 100 students are accepted annually into in the ship-based program.

The expedition takes place July 23 to Aug. 7.

“The polar regions offer students a powerful and experiential learning environment that fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for the planet,” says Students on Ice founder Geoff Green. “Through hands-on learning, leadership training, adventure and exploration, youth gain a global perspective that fuels their goals and ambitions on a local and global scale.”

The two-week expedition will include both high school and university students. It will explore western Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic, including the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and local communities from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

“We are delighted to go on this educational journey of a lifetime together and with other like-minded students from around the world!” the sisters say. “Being immersed in this unique environment, we will be taught about the polar regions and the global challenges that they face, in a very special way. We hope to share our learning with other students and community members when we return.”

The sisters are fundraising to help pay for the $13,500 trips, and have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help them get there.

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