‘Hearts in the Ice’ Arctic Climate Project

Marlink provided vital connectivity for an Arctic Climate Science project – Hearts in the Ice.

The project is led by Hilde Fålun Strøm and Sunniva Sorby, two experienced Arctic explorers who spent seven months in a trapper’s hut in Bamsebu from November 2020 to May 2021, in the Norwegian Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard. The two women, who set a record in 2019/2020 by becoming the first women to over-winter alone on Svalbard, repeated the experience to collect environmental data and weather and wildlife observations. Their findings are shared with stakeholders ranging from the Norwegian Polar Institute, UNIS and NASA to numerous universities and schools.

Marlink supplied crucial connectivity to enable the duo to maintain contact with their support team and to share updates with educational institutions and other partners. They collected and shared data on phytoplankton, ice core and saltwater samples, cloud, aurora, and wildlife observations, including levels of microplastics in birds, fish and polar bears. Marlink has also equipped the team with a telemedecine kit to enable them to do regular health monitoring during the mission.

“The heartbeat of the project is communication, with scientists, students, our followers and stakeholders; to push citizen science we need to tell stories and build bridges,” says Sunniva. “It’s important to understand that what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic, it has implications for all of us. We will continue to build out the global dialogue we started last year, to engage people with our shared love of the ice.”
“Sustainability and protection of the environment are core topics for Marlink, which we are eager to support in a direct, impactful and practical way,” says CEO of Marlink Group, Erik Ceuppens. “The data that Hearts In The Ice collected and shared via the Marlink smart network has local impact and global implications and we are proud to have been a partner for this innovative project going Above and Beyond.”

February 2021

Marlink’s Jessika Dammert on the Hearts in the Ice live webcast

One of the many aspects of the Hearts in the Ice mission is to provide education and inspiration to young people, so in February 2021 a live webcast was held as part of a month of activity to promote Women in Science. Marlink’s Jessika Dammert was the keynote speaker, with a presentation about satellite communications and how they work. Several classes from schools in the USA joined the session, with pupils taking part in the live Q&A that followed Jessika’s talk.

As a perfect example of the communications topic, Sunniva and Hilde of Hearts in the Ice also joined live by video from their mission base ‘Bamsebu’ in Svalbard.

Watch a recording of the ‘Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants’ live stream here:


For more information about Hearts in the Ice, watch this video, visit the project team’s website or follow them on social media: