Arlette and her husband are passionate travellers with a strong penchant for the northern countries. After having visited Scandinavia, and especially Norway, they decided to push further North, to discover the arctic regions. They began with a cruise along the west coast of Greenland and despite of a lot of bad weather, they fell in love with the light, the icebergs and the people of the region. Later they further ‘explored’ a big part of the northern Arctic and crossed the southern Polar Circle too. Back home, as a teacher in elementary school, Arlette shared her enthusiasm with her pupils and kick started a series of educational polar-related projects during the last International Polar Year. Now, as she has retired, she still loves to read books about the adventures, joys and failures of the past great explorers who risked, and much too often, lost their lives in the pursuit of their passion. As a funding member of the polar.lu, Arlette has been a valuable board-member fo over 6 years before she retired in 2020. She initiated many outreach projects and helped to awaken the consciousness of people, especially young people, as to the importance of preserving the Arctic for the future generations. Even here in our regions far away from the Arctic/Antarctica, everyone is able to contribute through small everyday actions. She is currently working on a children's book about the Arctic.