At a time of year when many Yukoners fly south, Jodi Gustafson will be also be taking a trip — to chilly northern Scandinavia.
The Yukon student is one of 30 people from around the world, selected to participate in Arctic Frontiers' Emerging Leaders program in Norway. It's a week-long education program focussed on Arctic issues.
"I'm definitely passionate about cold places," Gustafson said. "I'm so excited about this."
Gustafson grew up in Yukon, but she has done a lot of her studies abroad. She took an Arctic studies program in Finland, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in conservation leadership at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. on a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Participants in the Emerging Leaders program begin their week in Bodø, Norway, then travel by ship to Tromsø. Along the way, they'll stop at the Lofoten Islands.
The theme for this year's program is industry and the environment and will involve discussion and lectures from government, industry and academic representatives, all with a focus on the polar regions.
"I think there's a lot that both polar regions can learn from each other, in terms of policy and international cooperation," Gustafson said.
"It's just that much more fragile an ecosystem and needs that much more attention paid to it because of that."
The Arctic Frontiers program happens the last week of January.