Geoff Green

 

Geoff Green

Founder and Expedition Leader, Students on Ice

I have always wanted to lead inspiring expeditions to the Arctic as I believe it is one of the greatest classrooms on Earth.

 
 
 

Meet the expert

 

Canadian adventurer, environmentalist and educator Geoff Green has been leading expeditions and adventures from pole to pole for the past twenty years. Many notable organizations such as the Discovery Channel, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon Society and the Smithsonian Institution enlist Geoff to lead their groups into the world’s most remote and exciting regions.

Geoff is the Founder and Executive Director of Students on Ice Expeditions, an award-winning educational organization based in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. The program, now in its thirteenth year, has taken over 2,000 students, teachers and scientists from around the world on expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. The goal of this unique project is to give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for the planet’s global ecosystem, and the inspiration to protect it.

For Expedition Arctic, Geoff led the team on an Arctic adventure to explore the region’s vast and breathtaking scenery.

 
 

My mission

My mission was to lead the expedition up the coast of Baffin Island, across the Davis Strait and down the west coast of Greenland. This video explains what I had to do to accomplish this task.

 
A taxidermied polar bear mount.

Polar bear

The polar bear (its scientific name being Ursus maritimus) is the world's largest land carnivore, or meat-eater.  It is the biggest member of the bear family, known by the scientific name, Ursidae. Image: A polar bear.

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Muskox

The muskox is an Arctic mammal belonging to the Bovid Family. Though it has some resemblance to the bison, the muskox is actually more closely related to sheep and goats. The scientific name, Ovibos moschatus, means “musky sheep-cow”. Image: A muskox.

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A taxidermied muskox mount.
 

My trip

This was one of the best expeditions we have ever had. It was not without its hurdles though. Check out the video to see what happened.

 
The upper portion of a walrus's skull.

Walrus

The walrus (scientifically named Odobenus rosmarus) is a large marine mammal with flippers, tusks, thick blubber, and whiskers. It is the only living member of the Odobenidae family of mammals, closely related to seals and sea lions. The scientific name, Odobenus, is Greek and means “tooth-walker,” referring to the walrus behaviour of pulling themselves onto and along the ice using their tusks. Image: A walrus's skull.

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Tufted fen-moss

With a hand-lens or microscope, we see incredible detail and beauty that we otherwise would not even notice. This is especially true of small plants such as mosses. As a group, however, these individually short plants make up the majority of the plant life in much of the Arctic, and play a leading role in ecosystem function. Image: Tufted-fen moss

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A close up of Tufted-fen moss.
 

Expedition recap

See how the trip went from the perspective of the students on the trip.

 

Interested in the expedition? Watch this video.

 

Geoff Green’s blog posts

 

Iqaluit, Nunavut – Wednesday, August 1

We have had another eventful day in Iqaluit! The weather has been simply gorgeous and we took advantage of this with a brisk hike this morning in the surrounding area close to town. The community has been buzzing in recent days about our official Arctic Expedition Launch event and it did not disappoint! We served [...]

Setting sail – Saturday, August 4

It is a little hard to explain what happened yesterday—a bit of a miracle I would say. We woke up to discover the ice conditions in Iqaluit harbour had not changed and the wind was still not helping to blow the ice out. The situation was looking desperate and we had just about run out [...]

 

Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland – Thursday, August 9

After a smooth and rapid transit of the Davis Strait, those on deck before breakfast witnessed our expedition ship negotiating the narrow tricky entrance into the harbor of our first Greenlandic town, Qeqertarsuaq. The town lies on Disko Island and was once an important whaling centre. The attractive little town with its multi-coloured houses lay [...]

Sondrestrom Fjord, Greenland – Saturday, August 11

We have had a fantastic last few days. We concluded the final evening of celebrations with thanks you’s and performances as we made our way up the stunning Sondrestrom Fjord, one of the longest fjords in the world. There was lots of energy, excitement and fun. Today, we had a morning at sea with presentations and [...]