We are now accepting applications for the Arctic Expedition 2018 program!

The Arctic is a unique region with many faces: It is a livelihood, a home for both human beings and animals, a versatile cultural community, and a fragile natural environment. It is also fertile ground for new business opportunities.

In honour of the UArctic Congress 2018 in Finland, we at University of Helsinki and Helsinki Think Company are gathering together students interested in the Arctic to plan and carry out a meaningful event, campaign or a project that will communicate Arctic opportunities and challenges.


The teams will be taken on an expedition across the beautiful Nuuksio National Park for a memorable three-day Bootcamp. Using co-creation tools, we train and empower the teams to plan an Arctic initiative, which they will then put into practice on Arctic Day 2018 in October. Amongst the intensive work, you will get to enjoy nature activities such as nature trekking and berry picking. Scroll down to see the full program outline.

Program Dates: 3-Day Bootcamp 5.-7. September 2018 & Arctic Day 31. October 2018.

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Create an Arctic project and carry it out in your local community on Arctic Day 31 October 2018

Gather a team of 2–5, come up with an Arctic idea and join the Expedition. The ideas could be anything from very preliminary blueprints to more polished plans. For inspiration: you could create an event, a debate series, an exhibition, a scientific pop-up, a business project, a documentary film week… anything! The criteria your concept should meet are:

  1. Raise awareness of the Arctic life in your local surroundings. Will your idea communicate opportunities, facts or responsibility on the sustainable Arctic business, political or environmental areas?
  2. Bring your idea to life on the Arctic Day. Is your idea feasible, also financially?
  3. Is it ethically sound and does it create positive change?

You don’t have to be a campaign planning expert. We will bring recognized experts to mentor you and verify your idea. Just think big, inventive and be ready to put your skills into action!


You’ll get to be part of a meaningful project, learn new concept design and pitching skills, and network with top players in the Arctic field – all wrapped in an unforgettable nature adventure full of activities. You’ll also receive a certificate of participation.

The winning team will receive two admission tickets (ticket worth 990€) to the Helsinki Summer School for the year 2019.


The three day Arctic Expedition will consist of two days of workshop sessions in Nuuksio National Park with full board hotel accommodation and a day of prepping at the University of Helsinki. The best concepts will be pitched in a spectacular final at the University of Helsinki Great Hall on Friday 7th of September.


We accept applications from all university students world wide. We are especially looking for students interested in the Arctic and willing to take up the challenge. A good command of English is necessary for completing the program. Apply with a team of 2 to 5 people. If you can’t find a team but would still like to participate, this can be discussed with the organizer. Candidates may expect to receive a response in three weeks after submitting an application.


Application deadline: 19th of August


The bus leaves on Wednesday 5th of September from the charter bus stop at Helsinki Central Railway Station and leaves back after the bootcamp ends on 6th of September. Transportation to and from Helsinki before and after the event are at participants own cost.

We will provide free accommodation and food at Hotel Nuuksio 5th till 6th of September. Accommodation and food in Helsinki for 7th of September and other days will be at your own cost. You can look for accomodation for example from Hostel Domus Academica , or

Signing up is obligatory. Please, inform about cancellation by e-mail to the 12th of August the latest. After this cancellation fee will be 50 € per person.

Places are limited. If there are more applications than spots available, participants will be chosen by their motivation towards the program.

WED 5/9, Hotel Nuuksio
Arrival, Prepping , Ideation & Mentoring sessions
THUR 6/9, Nuuksio
Artic Day plans ready & nature activities. Presentation prepping back in Helsinki
FRI 7/9, Helsinki
Pitch Training
FRI 7/9, Helsinki
Semifinal in Tiedekulma
FRI 7/9, Great Hall, Helsinki
Presenting top 3 concepts at the Grande Finale
FRI 7/9, Tiedekulma
Post-Finale Mingle and Champagne
September 2018
Remote coaching session before the Arctic Day
The ARTIC DAY 2018
Initiative taken into action at your local community
11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, Rovaniemi 6-7.5.2019.
The best concept is showcased to the delegates and media present at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Rovaniemi.