This Narwhal, Polar Bear and Floe Edge Adventure is perfect for a first time visitor – as well as more experienced Arctic travelers to the Arctic. The comfortable base camp accommodations, with cots, warm sleeping bags and fully equipped kitchen with tables and chairs, will allow even a first time ‘camper’ to enjoy the experience of sleeping under the midnight sun in the comfort of a double insulated walled tent. The sleeping tents provided are specially made for Arctic Kingdom to ensure warmth and sturdiness in the most challenging of weather conditions. Often times, you will waken to the calming sounds of a pod of narwhal floating only meters away.
Be it a family, individual, amateur or professional naturalist who particularly enjoys firsthand viewing and photographing wildlife, birds, and spectacular scenery, and for those who seek to experience the wide expanse, seemingly endless ‘big sky’ vistas, silence and quietude of the Arctic in a relaxed and laid-back format that is free of the constraints associated with larger groups or cruises, the Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure is suitable for most. Limited to ten participants, the program leaves participants free to linger and look or, within limits set by the judgment of your guides, alter plans at will. Join us in a discovering the beauty and warmth of the Arctics floe edge wonders.
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit in the morning.. You will change planes in Iqaluit, departing to continue onto Pond Inlet Upon landing at Pond Inlet, you be welcomed by our local coordinator and transferred to a comfortable hotel During dinner, our expedition leader and lead Inuit guide give a briefing and gear check.. The evening will be yours to relax, enjoy and explore Pond Inlet and the not too distant mountains of Bylot Island under the midnight sun.
After breakfast, you will meet your guides on the beach (yes! There are sand beaches in the Arctic as well!) in preparation for your departure to southeast Bylot Island and the floe-edge. You will be traveling traditional Inuit-style by komatiq and snowmobile across the sea ice. Your route of approximately 90km will include tea-stops at historic grave sites, hanging glaciers, and abandoned whaling stations and hunting cabins. The final destination will be the ice floe edge where a base camp will be set up just back from the ice edge (conditions permitting).
Your ice floe edge base camp will enable you to enjoy the warm spring weather and engage in a variety of activities both on land and at the floe-edge. Wake up mornings to the smell of fresh coffee and the sounds of narwhal resting just off the ice edge. . From camp and the floe-edge you can expect to see icebergs, and ‘bergy-bits’, and drifting pack ice with playful seals poking their heads up out of the water and looking directly at you. Plenty of time will be provided for unhurried observation and photography.
On the floe-edge, the likelihood is high that you will see narwhals, bowhead whales, polar bears on the prowl for seals sunning themselves, and possibly walrus and beluga whales. The majority of migratory birds are in abundance. Pure white ivory gulls, gaudy king eider ducks, low flying northern fulmars, thick-billed murres, Kittiwakes, and greater snow geese (kanguq) are just a bird species to be seen. Ice conditions permitting, there will be a visit to the bird colony with 20,000 plus birds nesting not far away.
On the land, you will have the opportunity to track land mammals with your camera, see ancient Thule culture sites, see traditional tent rings and learn the history of the area. Bylot Island’s uplands are home to Arctic foxes and hares, weasels, collared lemmings, snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, and gyrfalcons.
After breakfast, you will break camp and reload the komatics for your return journey to Pond Inlet. We will stop at a 100 meter stepped waterfall for tea made with the glacier run off. Once again you will cross about 90km of sea ice by snowmobile,lead by your Inuit guides.
In the evening, you will free to explore the village of Pond Inlet. The Nattinnak Visitors Centre, located on the bluff, houses an excellent exhibit of the region’s natural history including a full size narwhal with a tusk hanging from the ceiling. The Co-op store (which typically has a selection of carvings and other crafts) and the Northern store (historically known as “The Bay,” derived from the famous Hudson’s Bay Company stores) are worth visiting. You may also have the opportunity to buy carvings directly from local artists. Accommodations and dinner will be at the Bed and Breakfast lodge.
After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the Pond Inlet Airport for your flight to Iqaluit. On arrival in Iqaluit, you will immediately change planes and continue on to Ottawa, arriving at (16:50). Extra days in Ottawa can be arranged by request.
- The services of highly qualified Inuit Guides and Arctic Kingdom Expedition Leader
- Unlimited use of kayaks
- All transportation for duration of trip
- All accommodations from Pond Inlet – 2 nights Pond Inlet, 5 nights arctic luxury base camp
- All meals
- Hotel transfers in Pond Inlet
- Flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa (ask us about our special rates)
- Hotel in Ottawa
- Tips/Gratuities , Personal Expenses
- Travel, Medical and Search and Rescue Coverage
- Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
May 30 – Jun 6 ~ 7 Spots Remain
Jun 6 – 13 ~ SOLD OUT
Jun 14 – 21 ~ SOLD OUT
Jun 21 – 28 ~ 6 Spots Remain