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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

@ArcticKingdom – polar bear names

September 24th, 2014 | By | Filed in Arctic Animals, SCIENCE

What’s in a polar bear name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” My apologies to Shakespeare.

Polar bear and cub

Polar bear and cub

Because the big white bears are found every Arctic country in the world, there are many polar bear names. Master of helping spirits is the translation of the Greenlandic name tornassuk. The Sami people of Scandinavia’s Arctic do not speak the bear’s name. Instead, they refer to polar bears as God’s dog or old man in the fur cloak. Russians call polar bears beliy medved – the white bear. Norwegians tell it like it is – they simply call the polar bear – isbjorn – ice bear.

In March of 2014, the Toronto Zoo unveiled the name of its new polar bear cub – Humphrey. You can read about Humphrey here. There are two opposing views about keeping polar bears in zoos – zoos protect biodiversity and save endangered species from extinction vs. the belief that zoos are inhumane places to keep migratory animals. Understandably, Arctic Kingdom believes that the best place to see polar bears are in the wild.

German researchers have done DNA studies that indicate polar bears became a distinct species about 600,000 years ago. About 40 different indigenous peoples call the Arctic home, each with their own tales – and names – for polar bears. Polar bears pre-date human beings. I wonder what they call us?

#PolarBearWeek @ArcticKingdom – Polar Bear Legends

September 17th, 2014 | By | Filed in AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, Uncategorized

Polar Bear

Polar Bear by Jane Whitney

The people of the Far North have legends they have handed down for generations, particularly about polar bears interacting with human beings. One polar bear legend tells of an Inuit family that lived next door to a family that looked like humans but were actually polar bears. The story claimed that when polar bears shift into people their fur is left on the on the ground.

Another Inuit legend revolves around an old woman who had no family to hunt for her. She discovers an abandoned polar bear cub and adopts it. She names the cub Kunik. As he grows up under her care,  Kunik’s hunting skills surpass those of the men in the community, who become jealous and threaten to kill the bear. His adopted mother encourages Kunik to run away to protect himself from the hunters. The polar bear leaves but continues to hunt for his mother.

Polar bear legends that tell of bears with the characteristics of people are a natural extension of a fundamental Inuit belief. Explorer Knud Rasmusssen noted while living with the Inuit that they believe that all living creatures have souls. The diet of humans, then, consisted entirely of souls. Thus hunting rituals were adopted to demonstrate respect for the souls of the animals they hunted.

Polar Bear Trips in Canada: Tips for #Bargain Hunters

September 12th, 2014 | By | Filed in Arctic Animals, Current Trips, Featured Trip

Polar Bear Mother and Cub

Polar Bear Travel in 2014

The height of 2014 polar bear travel season is approaching. As you know, prime time usually means prime dollars. There are some bargains to be had. Read about our 2014 savings.

Polar Bear Migration Fly-in Photo Safari

Get 6 days for the price of 5! No haggling. Join the October 19, 24 or November 14, 2014 departures and you’ll get an extra day of polar bear watching without paying one cent more! That is a savings of $1596 per person. Yes you read that right – $1596 per person based on the per day rate for the 5 day trip. Sometimes math does come in handy. You will get one more day on the land to encounter polar bears, Arctic foxes and may be, if the conditions are just right, Northern Lights!

No Single Supplement for Solo Travellers on Polar Bear Trips

I travel alone more often than I travel with companions. There is nothing more than I dislike is paying the ransom travel companies charge for solo travel. The rate for a solo traveller on our Polar Bear Migration Fly-in Photo Safari is 1.7 times the per person rate. Don’t hiss or boo. We aren’t the villains you might think we are, because in 2014 only, we have a few solo travellers who want to share a cabin so they don’t have to pay the single supplement of $5,586. They have asked us to find them cabin mates. We’re matching women with women and men with men. More importantly, you’ll be meeting new people that share your passion for polar bears and the Arctic! Call us toll free 1-888-737-6816 to inquire about dates and availability. If you snooze, you will lose this travel bargain.

 

 

Walk with Grizzly Bears in your wildlife #film

September 6th, 2014 | By | Filed in Arctic Animals, Featured Trip, Filmmakers, Films, Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis, Trips

Walking with Grizzlies

Walking with Grizzlies

Have you seen Disneynature’s Bears? Filmed in Alaska, it follows a mother and her two cubs from the time they emerge from the den until they return to that den a year later. Alastair Fothergill co-directed and co-wrote the documentary. His pedigree as a wildlife documentary is long and distinguished. He began in the renowned BBC Natural History department working with Sir David Attenborough. So you don’t have to take my word that Bears is worth spending an afternoon on the couch with the family and a bowl of popcorn.

Make your own documentary – about Grizzly Bears

You are right to be skeptical about your ability to equal the quality of Bears, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a wildlife documentary. Digital cameras – and smartphones – shoot HD video. You can edit your footage on your home computer. You can even add soundtrack music and titles. If you are shouting at your tablet screen, “Yes I can do that, but there’s no way I can get as close to bears as professional documentary makers,” desist. Because you can! Really.

The picture to above is proof. The video we shot at the grizzly bear camp is further proof. Watch the grizzly bears here.

Make your own documentary – about Polar Bears

Now that I have convinced you that you can make your own wildlife documentaries, let me amp the excitement up a notch. Make a documentary about polar bears. Yes, you can get close enough to shoot polar bears and live. We can make it happen for you. We have the video to prove it. Watch the polar bears here.

 

Limited Time Offer – Added value to our Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari

September 4th, 2014 | By | Filed in AK NEWS, Current Trips

Our best seller – Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari just got better. For a limited time, iFace to Facef you book and deposit before December 31, 2014, you will receive a hard copy of Huw Lewis-Jones‘ best seller – Face to Face: Polar Portraits. This $50 collectible will be autographed by Arctic Kingdom founder, Graham Dickson. His biography is featured in this collection of historic photographs from the Scott Polar Research Institute, the world’s leading archive of polar history. There are a limited number of copies, so book early.

The elusive narwhal is unique to the Arctic. Although the tusked whale is circumpolar, the world capital of narwhal viewing is Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.

Polar bears are also unique to the Arctic, and, like the narwhal, are circumpolar. For North Americans, however, the Canadian Arctic is the most readily accessible viewing locale. Arctic Kingdom provides the widest range of polar bear trips. Polar bear viewing is not limited to November and December. You can choose from trips in March and from June through to November.

Terms and Conditions

There are some conditions. You are eligible to receive the book if you book and deposit before December 31, 2014 on a Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari. The book will be sent to you upon full payment for the trip. Should you choose to cancel, you forfeit your right to the book.

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