Explore the winter wonderland of Arctic Finland, while venturing in search of the northern lights, or aurora borealis, a spectacular natural phenomenon caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. Discover the charms of Helsinki, then fly north to the Arctic Circle to meet native Sámi in Finnish Lapland and learn about how they have adapted to life at some of the northernmost points on earth since before the last ice age— herding reindeer, using sleds pulled by dogs, and handcrafting exquisite clothing and footwear from animal products.
Experience the thrill of driving your own dog sled through the Lapland wilderness and learn about how the dogs and bred and trained and learn about how the Sami People have adapted to life at some of the northernmost points on earth since before the last ice age.
*Subject to avaliability. Additional cost applies. Contact tour operator for full details.
Days 1&2: U.S. / Helsinki, Finland
Day 3: Helsinki
Day 4: Helsinki / Rovaniemi
Day 5: Rovaniemi
Day 6: Rovaniemi
Day 7: Rovaniemi / Luosto
Day 8: Luosto
Day 9: Luosto / Rovaniemi
Day 10: Rovaniemi / Home
Melody Brown Burkins, is the Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth. With over 30 years of experience as a polar scientist working in academia and governance, she is an advocate for policy-engaged scholarship, experiential education, and the support of science policy and diplomacy initiatives advancing sustainability, inclusion, and gender equality in the Arctic and around the world. Burkins’ work in both academic and policy leadership roles has led to multiple international appointments by the U.S. National
Academy of Sciences. In 2016, she was the first woman to chair a U.S. delegation to an International
Geological Congress (34th IGC, South Africa) and created the first majority-female delegation of U.S. geoscience leaders. A “science diplomat” for Arctic and global issues, Dr. Burkins is Chair of the U.S. National Academies’ Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) and serves on the UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction Global Assessment Report (UNDRR-GAR) Advisory Board and the 15-Member UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030).
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Dr. Burkins’ strong personal and professional connections to the North also inform her work to connect Dartmouth students and faculty with opportunities for Arctic scholarship, cooperation, and engagement. Committed to the support of next generation thoughtleaders in sustainability and inclusion, she believes the work prioritizing and incentivizing academic reciprocity and collaboration, respecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights and diverse knowledge systems, and promoting efforts by knowledge holders to advance the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and thriving communities.