October 2014 - Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions

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Dive Weekend Getaway in the Canadian Arctic: The Value Proposition

October 25th, 2014 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, Diving

'Iceberg Texture', by Todd Mintz

'Iceberg Texture', by Todd Mintz

Diving in the Arctic is a joy wrapped in hues of blue and white. Ice, water and sky refract and dissolve constantly reinventing the palette. Divers share the beauty with ice castles, polar bear and whales. Arctic diving is closer than you think, and whole lot more affordable than you imagine. Arctic Dive Weekend The minimum diving requirement is Advanced Diving Certification to join the 5 to 7 other people who will comprise the dive group. You and your dive buddies have a choice of dates in 2015, because the long weekend begins every Friday from July to September. If the conditions are right, you'll dive five or six times during the weekend. All tanks, weights, weight belts, harnesses and tank fills are include in the package. Dive and Certify The professional dive instructor who accompanies the divers can, for an additional cost, provide Ice Diver and Drysuit Certification training. You can dive and certify. Explore a foreign environment In between diving excursions to explore an unfamiliar underwater world, the weekend includes opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture of the Inuit. You will interact  with Inuit guides take a town tour, and visit a museum. Our Arctic Dive Weekend is big adventure for a small price and no jet lag if you are based on the Eastern Seaboard of North America. Dive for a week in the Arctic If you are based farther away, our Baffin Island Dive Safari may be the best option for you. You'll experience FOUR types of Arctic dives over eight days: Floe Edge, Pack Ice, Crack  and Iceberg. The base for this trip is Pond Inlet, on the northeast coast of Baffin Island. Arctic Kingdom's first trip 15 years ago was a dive trip to Baffin Island. Diving is in our blood.

A best-value Arctic safari: Kings of the Arctic

October 24th, 2014 | By | Filed in Featured Trip

Spending travel dollars is risky, because you can't test drive an Arctic safari. So how do you manage the risk? Travellers depend on brand names with strong reputations and word of mouth.
Polar Bears - King of the Arctic

King of the Arctic

Once a traveller has chosen the brand and read the reviews, the next decision is price. How much are you willing to spend to make that travel dream come true? For the lucky few, money is no object. For the rest of us, every dollar counts. Arctic Safari cost comparison We offer five different land-based Arctic safaris designed to get you as close to polar bears as humanly possible. None disturb the bears in their natural habitat or put you in harm's way. We've been the best at that in the Canadian Arctic for over 15 years! In 2015 our per person prices in Canadian dollars range from $5,995 to $10,590. Kings of the Arctic, our absolutely best value, is the $5,995 trip. You get all the adventure and wildlife viewing as you do on a $10,590 per person trip for $4,595 per person less! What's the catch? There isn't one. The accommodation is different, however. Instead of a premium safari camp, you'll stay in a tented safari camp. The tents are still warm and spacious, offering 150 square feet of living space, with plenty of room for luggage and camera equipment. Oh yes, and it is only 7 days and 6 nights in duration. That's only 1 night shorter than our Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari that costs $10,590 per person. Kings of the Arctic still includes gourmet meals, our experienced expedition leader, a visit to the floe edge, the sue of snorkelling equipment and all day trips and excursions as described in the itinerary.  

Amazing Race Canada – Casting has begun again

October 22nd, 2014 | By | Filed in Films

Movie making in the ArcticOne of the really exciting things we do is our role in major movie and television production. We are specialists in logistics in the North. We worked on an episode of The Amazing Race Canada for which we provided logistical support. You can watch it here. Yesterday, we received an email from Mike Bickerton, the head of casting for Amazing Race Canada, announcing that casting for the next series is now open. You can apply for free online, but some conditions apply, so read the details here. Do you want to watch a Hollywood movie with an Arctic Kingdom connection? Rent Big Miracle, a feel good movie based on true events. Watch to the absolute end to see a very young Sarah Palin. She covered the original story while she was a journalist in Alaska. Why a specialist is needed in the Arctic when filming something like Amazing Race Canada Obtaining necessary permits can be complicated; we’re able assist filmmakers with those logistical concerns along with field safety, providing clothing, food, comfortable accommodations, use of vehicles, and aid in obtaining world class production equipment from Canada or the United States. We work with professional aboriginal camera crews as well and look for opportunities to develop and use local expertise whenever possible.To learn more about how we help professional film and television makers, read this.

Single Supplement – The Arctic Kingdom work around

October 14th, 2014 | By | Filed in Featured Trip

Polar bear and cub

Polar bear and cub

Our 2014 Polar Bear Migration Fly-in Photo Safari departures are imminent.  These 5-day adventures provide intense polar bear viewing opportunities for a really small group of people - 8. Yep, you read that correctly. A maximum of 8 people per departure. You won't be elbowing anyone out of the way when that big white bear saunters up to take a gander at you. Request to share a cabin and you don't pay the single supplement! Because the time to departure is so close, we know there are solo travellers who have taken advantage of what is one of the most liberal single supplement policies in travel today - our no single supplement if we fail to pair you with another traveller  - promise. Our travellers win, and so do we. Consider this. You can book as a solo traveller and request our share program. That tells us that you are willing to share with someone of the same gender to avoid paying the single supplement. But get this: if we don't match you, you don't have to pay the single supplement. A number of people have booked the share program for 2014. Right now it is looking really good for them, because we are still looking for a few good men and women who travel solo that are willing to share to avoid the single supplement. Space is limited. Pay the single supplement if you want to guarantee a single cabin. To be perfectly clear. If you want a single cabin and do not request to share, you will pay the single supplement. Having a cabin to yourself is worth the price to some travellers - especially those who travel with a lot of camera gear.    

Walk with Grizzly Bears – A personal trip account on how to get within 10′ of a grizzly bear — safely!

October 7th, 2014 | By | Filed in Client Reports, Grizzly Bear

I recently returned from a walk in the wild with grizzly bears. I will deliver my first person stories of breath-taking encounters with grizzly cubs and adult bears as they fished just a few feet from me. I will share personal videos and photos of the 25 minute helicopter flight over mountains and a million square kilometers of wilderness. I'll share my pictures and videos of the antics of the cubs, and their protective mothers. On this short webinar I will explain 1) how I was only a few feet away from Grizzly Bears - yet the only concern he had, was how much memory was left on his GoPro camera. 2) how I was able to watch Grizzly bears stalk fish, jump, and devour hundreds of chinook salmon 3) why of all Grizzly photography trips 'out there', this trip will get you closer than any to grizzly bears males, females, sub-adults, and cubs - safely! 4) how I was able to get some incredible video of grizzly cubs climbing a tree and almost losing his GoPro camera to the teeth of a grizzly cub. 5) why this trip is great for families and the professional photographer alike
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