Sedna Epic Expedition

TEN WOMEN - ONE SEA GODDESS - 3,000 KILOMETRES - 100 DAYS - ONE VISION - ONE WORLD RECORD

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SEDNA EPIC EXPEDITION

WINTER WHALES OF NORWAY, 2019-2022

Winter Snorkel Expeditions, Norway

At 69 degrees North, Tromsø lies some 350 kilometres above of the Arctic Circle and is Norway's gateway to the High Arctic.

Every winter, snorkelers and wildlife enthusiasts alike witness to one of the great wildlife spectacles on the planet—orcas and humpbacks congregating in northern Norwegian fjords to feed on vast schools of herring. The herring usually arrive in the northern fjords of Norway in early November. Hundreds of orcas congregate in the northern fjords, followed by humpbacks—and, this is what the excitement is all about…

Orcas and humpbacks follow the herring, creating bait balls as they hunt for food. Relying upon local experts and the science community, we stay in touch about the location of the whales, hoping to witness them while feeding on the fish.

Team Sedna will spend a week aboard the MV Freya, snorkelling with orcas and humpbacks during the winter herring run and undertaking ocean research which includes: the photographic, acoustic and genetic identification of orcas and humpbacks; sea water sampling for environmental DNA; plankton analyses and algae (seaweed) investigations.

Our expert snorkel guides provided by our partner, Waterproof Cruises & Expeditions, will educate us about the orcas’ behavior, including describing how to snorkel with these whales in a safe and non-disturbing way. These experts will provide a ship-based educational lecture program about orca conservation and research and other interesting topics on local wildlife.

Daylight hours are short at the end of November, and we'll experience twilight during part of the day. At night, the aurora borealis will dance across the northern skies.

WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Prior to embarking on our live-aboard expedition vessel, to snorkel with orcas and humpbacks, the Sedna Epic will run a 2 ½ day women’s leadership program in Tromsø to discuss the growing representation of women in exploration and STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine) careers. Sedna's Indigenous team members, including Saami from Scandinavia and Inuit from Greenland and Nunavut, Canada, will provide insights about the unique issues that Inuit women face in circumpolar countries.

During the leadership program we’ll connect with Sami women—much like we’ve connected with Inuit women and girls during Sedna’s expeditions—to better understand this part of the Arctic, its history, geography, and the culture and traditions of its Indigenous people.

In November 2019, the Sedna Epic ran its inaugural women’s leadership program followed by an ccean research & winter snorkel expedition to Norway’s arctic fjords. Team Sedna returns to Tromsø in November 2021, mounting two back-to-back Women’s Leadership Programs and Ocean Research & Winter Snorkel Expeditions during the winter herring run

We’re actively recruiting women team members for these two 2021 expeditions as well as one in November 2022. If you’re interested in participating, please send an email to info@sednaepic.com

Check out Garmin Outdoor’s short film of the Sedna Epic’s inaugural ocean research and winter snorkel expedition to Norway in November 2019.

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Interested in joining Team Sedna? Check out the Sedna Epic’s landing page and stunning brochure (produced by our art director Whitley Mike) detailing our Indigenous and non-Indigenous women's polar dive & snorkel and ocean research expeditions to Norway, Greenland and Nunavut in late 2021 and 2022.

Canada's Go! Adventure Planning Guide

The Sedna Epic is uber excited to participate in Canada’s GO! Adventure Planning Guide, an online tool to plan your next adventure when it’s safe to travel.

There’s no place Susan R. Eaton and the Sedna Epic team won’t go for answers to issues facing the planet.

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Garmin Women of Adventure: It’s Up to Us, with Susan R. Eaton

In November 2019, Team Sedna collaborated with GARMIN Outdoor during the Sedna Epic’s ocean research and winter snorkel (with orcas!) expedition to Norway’s arctic fjords (70 degrees North latitude). The result was this spectacular short film. Enjoy! For more information on Susan R. Eaton, and to learn about the Sedna Epic’s mandate and philosophy, visit: Women of Adventure

Sedna's founder and leader Susan R. Eaton has been named to the Women Divers Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.

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Brava! Sedna's founder and leader Susan R. Eaton has been named to the Women Divers Hall of Fame's Class of 2020! We'd like to congratulate Susan, a geoscientist, journalist and polar explorer, as well as the other five worthy recipients. The inauguration ceremony is on March 27 at the inauguration ceremony at Beneath The Sea in Secaucus New Jersey. Read more



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And now for a bit of fun! Have you heard of the Sedna Epic Expedition Martini and its Global Warming Edition, which symbolizes thinning sea ice ice the Arctic?

In 2016, Sedna's founder and leader Susan R. Eaton asked Jett Britnell, martini aficionado and Fellow of The Explorers Club, to concoct Sedna's own signature martini.

Created solely from Canadian spirits, the Sedna Epic Expedition Martini pays a homage to Sedna’s sea women diving and snorkelling in pack ice that turns arctic seas turquoise.

You can read more about our martini (including getting the recipe) in "Martini: The Elixir of Quietude", an article that Jett and Kathryn Britnell published recently in Luxe Beat Magazine.
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And now for a bit of fun! Have you heard of the Sedna Epic Expedition Martini and its Global Warming Edition, which symbolizes thinning sea ice ice the Arctic?

In 2016, Sednas founder and leader Susan R. Eaton asked Jett Britnell, martini aficionado and Fellow of The Explorers Club, to concoct Sednas own signature martini.

Created solely from Canadian spirits, the Sedna Epic Expedition Martini pays a homage to Sedna’s sea women diving and snorkelling in pack ice that turns arctic seas turquoise. 

You can read more about our martini (including getting the recipe) in Martini: The Elixir of Quietude, an article that Jett and Kathryn Britnell published recently in Luxe Beat Magazine.
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Channeling Shackleton

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Who would be crazy enough to answer such a cryptic appeal, inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous 1914 advert—in a London newspaper—recruiting men for a perilous Antarctic expedition? Channeling the same spirit of polar exploration one hundred years later, Susan R. Eaton, founder and leader of the 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition, advertised for all-female crew in mid-2013. Ten female ocean explorers, aged 26 to 56, from Canada, the United States, Mexico and New Zealand answered this intriguing call to attempt a world record—a snorkel relay of the Northwest Passage—and to go ‘where no man has gone before.’ In parallel, Milos Simovic, the owner and captain of the MV Cape Race, a 116-foot side trawler converted to carry passengers, placed his own Shackleton-inspired advert for crew. In July 2014, Team Sedna will mount its proof-of-concept expedition to Labrador, Baffin Island and Greenland, aboard this Canadian-built vessel that’s used to plying arctic waters.