The FjordPhyto project is a very hands-on, engaging activity that takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes to conduct in the field with guests. We provide specific GPS coordinates “sampling stations” that typically align with IAATO itinerary landing/cruising sites along the peninsula. FjordPhyto can be done from a “science dedicated” cruise on the way to or from a landing site, or during a cruise only excursion.

Time allotted depends on how much background and educational talking points the polar guide wishes to discuss with participants during sampling. Because there are a some involved hands-on steps and protocols to follow, we have collaborated with the Polar Collective to design an online training platform course to help facilitate getting started! We ask that each polar guide or IAATO member who plans to lead the FjordPhyto project in the field contact FjordPhyto lead Allison Cusick and the Polar Collective to set up training.  Any IAATO operators interested in learning more about partnering with the Polar Collective and receiving access to the online training platform, please contact the Polar Collective info.polarcollective[at]

We can’t wait to hear from you to discuss a collaboration!