Sunniva Sorby

Polar Explorer, Author and Speaker

Working to inspire better service to the earth and to each other

Photo Credit: Hearts In The Ice

"Centering In Truth" ►

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Centering in Truth

Centering in truth involves becoming conscious of the relationship between your heart and the circumstances of your life. This requires connecting with the fundamental wisdom that is within you, within other people, and within all of nature.

(Here this hexagram takes the shape of a sail, expressing the Force of Nature Sunniva represents to all who know her.)

Explorer & Activist

Sunniva stands as a remarkable embodiment of the Explorer/Activist archetype, seamlessly merging her passion for exploration with her unwavering commitment to environmental activism. Through her inspiring endeavors, she has demonstrated a remarkable ability to intertwine her love for the wild with a deep-seated drive to protect and preserve it for future generations… More ►

Educating & Inspiring 

With an innate ability to captivate audiences, Sunniva’s public speaking transcends mere words, weaving a narrative that awakens curiosity and fosters learning. Her passion for the environment, honed through her immersive expeditions, becomes a conduit for education, allowing her to effectively communicate the intricate beauty and fragility of our planet.  More ►

Historic Firsts

  • 1st All-Women’s Team with Hilde Fålun Strøm to overwinter solo in the Arctic without men 2019-2021

  • 1st All-Women’s Team to ski to the South Pole, 1993 (with Ann Bancroft, Sue Giller, and Anne Dal Vera)

  • 1st Canadian Woman to ski across the Greenland Icecap 1999 (with Tore Siversten and Laurie Dexter).

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

Awards & Memberships

  • Named as one of The Explorer’s Club 50 2022

  • Named Godmothers with Hilde Fålun Strøm to Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen

  • Fellow, Royal Canadian Geological Society

  • Member and Flag carrier Society of Women Geographers

  • Member Polar Educators International (PEI)

  • Member Protect our Winters (POW)

  • Flag Carrier WINGS

  • Board Member Hearts in the Ice Foundation

  • Distinguished Alumnae award from Trafalgar School in 2020

"What role do I have in this climate crisis: how can I be part of the solution?"

"We all matter and every single one of us can make a difference...”

"Losing hope is not an option”

"It starts with each of us making the first daring move to be part of the change"

"As Humans, we're absolutely capable of doing anything we can dream of doing."

Polar Expeditions

Continents Explored

Antarctica Trips

School Children Reached Through Hearts in the Ice

What’s New?

Get the book

An adventure-filled historic account of the first women to overwinter in Svalbard. Read about Hilde and Sunniva’s epic expedition to inspire and engage action around climate change.

$ 39.00 USD (shipping not included)

Most Recent Talk

In March 2023, Sunniva was Keynote Speaker at IGNITE 4H Summit in Washington DC. More than 1000 teens  attended this summit which focused on agriculture, health, and STEM sciences. 4‑H is America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

Citizen Science & Hearts in the Ice


Redefining what it takes to Embrace our Planet. One idea. One person. One heart at a time .


Providing an Explorer mindset to unite us all. Connecting Hearts through “ Hearts in the ice”.


Standing for what matters. Wildness and wisdom to create wonder and hope. Respect for all living things and all living beings.

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