*Arctic 2016

*Arctic 2016 is an independently organised eXXpedition event – see bottom of page for details

13654374_1726751300908987_2028018669687413884_neXXpedition Arctic is the second mission in search of Microplastic in Norway that’s being run by eXX alumni Malin Jacob and Christine Spiten.

This year the girls are making their way further North than eXXpedition has ever sailed, into the Arctic Circle, 68° North, as they go in search of Microplastics around one of the most un-spoilt coastlines in the world.
With midnight sun and perfect sailing conditions the girls started their adventure on July 11th on the tiny  archipelago island of Træna, and will spend the next few weeks working their way deeper into the Arctic Circle, visiting places such as  Lofoten, Henningsvaer, Svolvaer,  and Unstad Beach.

The eXXpeditiongirls are organising beach clean-ups at each location, recording, removing and mapping microplastics, giving talks to local communities, and are even organising an Ocean Party on the island of Henningsvær!

Meet the team making huge waves in the Arctic Circle!


Christine Spiten – Mission Leader / Skipper

Co-founder & Project Engineer; Blueye Robotics
Nationality – Norwegian

CHRISTINE is the «Blueye-Girl» totally absorbed by the Ocean in everything she does – from working full-time as Co-Founder and Project Engineer making underwater drones at Blueye Robotics, to recently have moved on her own sailboat to live at sea. To increase the interest, knowledge and passion for the ocean is her ultimate goal, and she believes there’s a question of availability. “If you could have an eye underwater and explore the life and beauty of the sea, you would naturally take better care of it – Blueye makes it possible for all of us to partake in this exploration”.

eXXpedition Arctic is Christine’s third eXXpedition voyage, previously she sailed on eXXpedition Norway and Ascension. She will be the skipper on Viva during the eXXpedition Arctic.



Malin Jacob – Mission Leader

Project Manager; Keep Norway Clean
Nationality – Norwegian

MALIN is a Norwegian environmentalist and adventurer. In 2008, at the age of 18, she was awarded “Environmental hero of the year” by one of the largest newspapers in Norway. Currently she is working with marine litter as a project manager in the organization Keep Norway Beautiful. Malin studied political science at the University of Oslo, focusing on environmental policy in the Arctic. Besides this, Malin is also one of the founders of Grønne Jenter (Green Girls), a green lifestyle blog. During the spring of 2016, she was host on the show “How do they do it?” on Discovery Channel Norway.

eXXpedition Arctic is Malin’s third eXXpedition voyage. Previously she has sailed eXXpedition Norway and Atlantic. She will be expedition leader on land on eXXpedition Arctic.



Marte Leane Bleken Klemetsdal

Nationality – Norwegian

MARTE, at 20 years old, is the youngest of all the girls on this years expedition. She has been living and travelling abroad for years – which made her understand the global challenges the world is facing today. Now she is back in Norway with a message to the people: think green!

eXXpedition Arctic is Marte’s first eXXpedition voyage.


Tora Drægni

Product Manager; Northern Playground
Nationality – Norwegian

TORA grew up in a small town in the western part of Norway. She loves to travel and it was through travelling she observed and experienced the inequality that exists between people worldwide. This resulted in a bachelor degree in development studies and a masters degree in International environmental studies. During her studies, she has taken field courses in Tanzania and Namibia. There she has got the opportunity to see and learn how globalization and climate change affects people’s livelihood, and how international development- and environment projects projects work or not work as intended. These experiences have made her think that if we want to create change we have to start with ourselves.

Today she works in Northern Playground, a small Norwegian clothing company. There she is responsible for production and how they can make environmentally friendly decisions. From being forced to go on “Sunday hikes” by her mum, she now enjoys the outdoors as much as she can. Skiing, hiking, climbing are among the favourites.

eXXpedition Arctic perfectly combines my passions for the outdoors and the environment, and it is a great opportunity for learning more about marine pollution and to get to know great people with lots of knowledge and passion!”


Siv-Erika Jacobsen – First Mate

Tram Driver & Sailor
Nationality – Norwegian

SIV-ERIKA grew up in Kragerø, a small town on southern coast of Norway. As a sailor and growing up by the sea, she has become a passionate oceans advocate. Nowadays she lives in Oslo, driving trams for a living. Siv-Erika is looking forward to midnight sun sailing and beach clean-ups along the beautiful northern coast of Norway.

eXXpedtion Arctic is Siv-Erika’s second eXXpedition voyage. Previously she has sailed eXXpedition Norway. She will be first mate on Viva during eXXpedition Arctic.


Rigmor Solnes

Law Student
Nationality – Norwegian

RIGMOR participated in eXXpedition Caribbean 2016. She is currently a Law student at the University of Agder – starting master at the University of Oslo next year. In the summer of 2016 she participated at ELSAs Summer School in Salerno, Italy, on Environmental Law. And she will also finish the Summer School in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Maritim and Transport Law.

She hopes to make up for the lack of sailing experience by being reporting and writing about the eXXpedition trip on social media and in her online magazine iiinspiratus.com. Rigmor hopes to bring awareness to this hidden and under discussed topic – pollution and the use of plastics and the consequences it has on the ocean and in us humans. Rigmor wants to inspire people to – reduce, reuse and recycle plastic; use alternatives to plastic, such as bamboo; be more eco- conscious – by writing and discussing the topic in her lifestyle magazine iiinspiratus.com and in social media. Additionally, Rigmor want to bring awareness about microplastic and toxics that exist in a lot of cosmetic products amongst others.

Stay afloat with all the adventures onboard Viva and follow the girls on Facebook as they journey further north than we’ve ever been before!


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