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Five Ottawa students head to the Arctic on trip of a lifetime

Five Ottawa teenagers are among a group of 86 students from around the globe set to explore Labrador,

They're part of the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition, which teaches youth about the history, culture and ecological diversity of the Arctic.

Immaculata High School student Michaela Norgren is calling this the trip of a lifetime, one that will see the students live on a ship for the better part of a month, docking in Northern Quebec, Labrador and Greenland.

"It's such an eye-opening experience, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go down and participate in different activities and learn so much about different environmental issues and different cultural aspects about communities in the Arctic," she told CFRA.

The students fly from Ottawa to Kuujuuaq, Que. Saturday, before they get on the ship.

Norgren said she's excited to learn more about the north.

"I think it'll be very eye-opening to see how our actions here in Ottawa impact different ecosystems in the Arctic, because when we do stuff here, we don't really necessarily think about how it affects everywhere in Canada and all over the world," she said.

The trip is led by a number of instructors, scientists, historians, artists and experts. The aim of Students on Ice is to help the students become Arctic ambassadors as well as environmentally responsible citizens.

During the expedition, students will visit remote communities and archeological sites and will learn about the animals and dynamics of climate change.

The students all applied to be part of the trip, which runs until July 25th.

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