Hope Expedition Svalbard
Dates: 18th May – 24th May, 2024
Mission: Become an Ocean Ambassador and support the increase of marine protected areas!
In cooperation with Tilvera Expeditions
Hope Expedition Iceland
Dates: June (8th – 14th) 2024
Mission: Become an Ocean Ambassador to help the creation of Marine Protected Areas within the Hope Spot area!
(4 days at sea + 3 days onshore, plus up to two more nights onboard Ópal before and after the expedition)
OM is looking for 12 enthusiastic souls that feel the responsibility to make a positive impact on marine conservation, to become a knowledgeable inspiration source for the others and for those who want to join the change (for example, by choosing a more sustainable lifestyle). This program is recommended for people studying or just interested in Marine Science, Oceanography, Marine Biology and traditional sailing. However, we believe that everyone can and must be onboard for a change!
This is not a typical tourist trip. Our priority here is the environmental values. This is not necessarily a luxury trip and is not about you, it is about the oceans and all of us. As a participant, you will be trained through an exciting citizen science program where you will learn deeply about the Ocean, the marine life, the problems we are facing and how you can be part of the solution. All, in an inspiring environment surrounded by the natural elements… the wind and the seas!
You will sail the ship with us and learn about both modern and traditional navigation. You will participate in the research and we will help you to develop your own project. You will learn how to become more sustainable and make a difference to protect the oceans. We focus especially on wildlife identification, the plastic problem, fishing gear and noise pollution, but if feasible we could do some other exciting activities like whale tagging, artistic projects… etc. We are open for suggestions as it is all about getting inspired and learning from each other! Our specialist OM team is formed by whale scientists, marine biologists, expert sailors, and wildlife guides. Often, we host artists, professional photographers/video makers, aiming to provide you with an experience of a lifetime.
We offer an action plan where you will be trained mentally and physically to become an Ocean ambassador and raise your voice for the Seas.
We will teach you everything about the sea and the marine life, bring you the tools and knowledge to react, change your course to become more sustainable and spread the message around the world… We will guide you through an adventure full of stories stunning landscapes and the hidden places…You will take part of an intense citizen science course where you will be actively collecting plastics and helping us collect data on threats to the oceans.
Inspired by photographers, enthusiastic marine biologist and expert sailors, our mission is to transport you to a different world where wind seas, ice and fire are the protagonists. And you will be part of the that atmosphere, creating your own story to make a BIG change.
We believe in responsible tourism where the priority is to understand and connect with nature from the fully respect and curiosity. We want our guests to fall in love with the oceans and the art of sailing in order to raise the voice and speak for our Oceans… By observing, photographing and exploring land and seas you will witness some of the still pristine magnificent and wild places in the world.
Sailing at the Arctic Circle can be a once in a lifetime experience. Dealing with the cold and rough seas is not always easy, but this is just part of your adventure and your personal challenge. We expect you to be brave and ready for the Arctic weather. We want you to overcome any fear (inside and out) and explore your own limits. Sailing expertise or scientific experience is NOT required! We love curious people and we will teach you everything you need to know about the seas, sails, life onboard and much more! As well, we want to hear your story, learn from you and help each other onboard! Basically, enjoying and working as a team for the oceans in this inspiring atmosphere!