Go Light – Hiking in Auyuittuq National Park OverviewDiscover the rugged beauty and awe-inspiring wilderness of Auyuittuq National Park with our Go Light – Hiking in Auyuittuq National Park adventure. Auyuittuq (pronounced eye-you-ee-took), which means "land that never melts" in Inuktitut, offers some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Set against the backdrop of the Baffin Mountain Range, which runs along the northeastern coast of Baffin and Bylot Islands, Auyuittuq National Park protects 19,089 km of jagged granite mountains, sweeping glaciers, and dramatic fiords, and is home to the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, with ten peaks rising over 2000 metres. The park also boasts the Penny Ice Cap, which mantles 6,000 sq km of the peninsula.
The extraordinary mountain wilderness of Auyuittuq National Park provides the setting for our exhilarating hike. Our adventure begins with a boat transfer from Pangnirtung, an Inuit hamlet in the Qikiqtaaluk Region. In good weather, the boat ride is nothing short of breathtaking as we glide through the dramatic fiords. This may be our chance to see marine birds and mammals, such as seal, narwhal, or walrus.
Trekking over lichen covered rocks and around massive boulders, this extraordinary hike will take us up the Weasel River Valley from North Pangnirtung to Mount Thor. The hike also offers an opportunity to admire the diverse flora and fauna of the Arctic. Ground hugging willows, brilliant fields of purple broad-leafed willow herb, and ribbons of Arctic poppies offer a vibrant and delicious feast for Peary caribou, Arctic hare, and brown lemming, while Arctic fox and ermine prey on the herbivores. During the summer, some eighteen species of birds nest on the island, including rough-legged hawk, gyrfalcon, peregrine falcon, snowy owl, rock ptarmigan, lapland longspur, snow bunting, and water pipit.
Our Go Light – Hiking in Auyuittuq National Park adventure is recommended for experienced hikers who enjoy a challenge and can appreciate the solitude and serenity of this striking northern landscape, which is seldom traversed by humans. The hike will include walking over uneven terrain, some steep grades, and difficult footing. Participants are also required to carry full packs during the trek.
Skill Level: 3 (Intermediate)