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Extend the snowmobile season into April

September 4th, 2015 | By | Filed in AK NEWS, Featured Trip, Sports, TECHNOLOGY

Snowmobile Weekend in the ArcticIn 2016, you can extend the snowmobile season into April by booking one of our new Arctic Snowmobile Weekends. Designed specifically for snowmobile enthusiasts, these new trips can accommodate beginners or experienced drivers.

Discover Baffin Island

This 3 night/4 day snowmobile adventure is suitable for all skill levels. Iqaluit, Nunavut’s territorial capital, is the base for two full-day excursions on sea ice and frozen tundra. Air fare from Ottawa is included in the package price, as is the use of a snowmobile for both excursions. You can read more about Discover Baffin Island here.

Iqaluit to Kimmirut Circuit

This 3 night/4 day snowmobile road trip is for experienced snowmobilers, who love cross-country journeys to places they have never been. Air fare from Ottawa is included in the price of this trip too, as is the use of a snowmobile. After a night in Iqaluit, participants drive across the sea ice of Frobisher Bay to the Meta Incognita peninsula for a land crossing to Kimmirut. Known as an artists’ colony, Kimmirut is situated close to the migration route of belgua and bowhead whales. You’ll spend the night in Kimmirut, before returning by snowmobile to Iqaluit. Read more about the Iqaluit to Kimmirut Circuit here.

Snowmobile Safety First

We have posted on our website 5 things you need to know about snowmobiling in the Arctic. Number 1? Safety first. The Arctic is not safe for snowmobile cowboys who disregard the rules of the trail. If, however, you love blue skies, crisp air and the sound of engines roaring along a wilderness trail, then these exclusive snowmobile weekends will make your heart beat faster.

International Left-Handers Day – August 13, 2015

August 13th, 2015 | By | Filed in Sports, Trips

Kayaking in the narwhal summer feeding groundsAugust 13, 2015 marks the 22nd Anniversary of International Left-Handers Day. This day is a way to honour all the lefties out there and the everyday struggles they face living in a right-handed world.

Most ordinary products are created and aimed to support right-handed people, as that is the dominant hand of 87% of the world. So what do all the lefties do? Right-handed kayak paddles, for instance, are more common than those geared for left-handed kayakers. Just like a right-handed paddler controls most movements with their right-hand, a left-handed paddler controls most movements with their left. The blades of the paddle are set dependent upon the neutral position of the dominant hand and the paddle would then naturally face the kayaker. The difference is visible in which hand you grip and rotate with.

Kayaking is just one example of the struggles lefties face living in a right-handed world. Paddles and other sports equipment for left-handed athletes aren’t as available as they are for right-handed ones. This results in discomfort and a handicap that has an effect on the athlete enjoying their sport. Though, fortunately enough, there are kayak paddles specifically designed for left-handed enthusiasts, a lot of sports discourage participation and limit the athlete’s ability unless they are right-handed.

Interesting Facts about Lefties:

  • About 13% of the population around the world are left-handed and it is thought to be genetic
  • There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed
  • Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand as a child)
  • Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater

To mark International left-handers day, if you are a rightie, try using your left hand for the day!

Looking for kayaking inspiration? Try this >
Author: Mandy Ams

National Aboriginal Day – June 21

June 19th, 2015 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, Current Events

National Aboriginal Day Inuit Child

National Aboriginal Day brings together Canadians from all walks of life to participate in events taking place from coast to coast to coast. As the original inhabitants of this glorious land, travel and tourism continues to play an important, self-determined economic driver for Canada’s North.

We thank all the Inuit and First Nation communities, Elders, Guides and Staff for their kind welcome, knowledge, passion and collaboration.

For more information on National Aboriginal Day and events happening in your province, visit  National Aboriginal Day.

National Aboriginal Day in Nunavut

On June 21 travellers to Nunavut can attend celebrations of National Aboriginal Day throughout the region. Click here to find an event.

Author: Mandy Ams

 

Expedition Leader Report: Great Migrations of the Northwest Passage

June 6th, 2015 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES

May 29 – June 4, 2015

After threading our way through the beautifully sculpted blue and white pressure ice, we were one of the first to reach the floe edge this season. We could see the mountains upholstered in white of the uninhabited Devon Island across the dark waters of Lancaster Sound. Proposed as a World Heritage site, Lancaster Sound is located along the Northwest Passage in the eastern Arctic Ocean. At Latitude 74°. several millions of seabirds depend on the nutrient rich waters here, as does the endangered Bowhead whale, tens of thousands of Beluga and thousands of Narwhal. The ice we stood on has us looking over walls of stacked ice chunks, as if a bulldozer piled them up 30 feet high. In silence, we could hear the current move the ice pans past our perch. Two walrus swim by, their wrinkled brown face adorned with vibrissae and tusks. Silent flocks of King and Common Eider wing by. The high calls of Black Guillemots break the silence. We wait patiently, hoping to see some whale. We wait until it’s time to go. As we go to start the snowmobile we hear the blows…..and run to look. And there they came…first the Beluga, then the Narwhal. They were everywhere. The smell of fish oil filled the air. The spray from their blowholes back lit in the evening light. We stood there for hours watching the spectacle. There were likely 300 + whales a stone’s throw away.

Great Migrations, 2015

Author: Jane Whitney

The Canadian Arctic by Private Jet

June 3rd, 2015 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, AK NEWS

JaegerCalling all global jet setters! Have you ever thought about what it might be like to take your private aircraft to the Canadian Arctic? If you’re looking for an exclusive trip, designed specifically to your preferences and guaranteed to be the only one of its kind, look no further. Arctic Kingdom can organize every aspect of your custom expedition, assuring that it will be unique.

Save Time

Having access to a private aircraft will save you a great deal of time. You have the added bonus of customizing your arrival and departure flights and tailoring them to your specific agenda. If you have a limited amount of vacation time, we’ll work our magic because it’s actually possible to get a taste of the Arctic in as little as four days! Taking advantage of your personal aircraft ensures that you will get the most out of your vacation. You will have more time to indulge in what the Arctic has to offer.

Convenience

Getting the best flights can sometimes be a big headache! The simplicity of flying on your own personal aircraft has a large appeal for busy individuals who demand convenience.

Go where few have gone before by Private Jet

The Arctic has kilometers upon kilometers that are still unexplored, even today, when Google Maps seems to have covered the Earth. The benefit of using Arctic Kingdom to design private jet adventure is that you can go where no one has gone before. Email us and we’ll organize every aspect to make your dream Arctic vacation a reality.

Author: Mandy Ams

The Top 3 Family Trips to the Arctic

May 29th, 2015 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, AK NEWS

Pond InletEvery parent is searching for the ideal family trip, one that’s fun, educational and provides the perfect atmosphere for family bonding. Look no further than an Arctic adventure! We understand the challenge parents face trying to find a vacation that keeps their children engaged and entertained, yet doesn’t conflict with the school schedule. Outlined below are the three best trips that are packed with family- friendly fun!

The June Family Trip – Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari

With dates in June, the Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari is an unforgettable opportunity to witness narwhals and polar bears in their natural habitat. Families will be able to observe a cultural presentation of Inuit throat singing, drum dancing and storytelling by local elders. Your children will have the chance to interact with Inuit children and be taught what it’s like to be young in the Arctic while learning about the amazing history of the region. This expedition is truly unforgettable and the firsthand educational value is immeasurable.

The August Family Trip – Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island

August is another ideal time for a family vacation, serving as a nice wind- down before school starts again in September. The Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island expedition takes your family through the Arctic by land and sea, allowing you to get the best sighting of the Arctic. Go blueberry picking during the day and enjoy a feast of Arctic char at night. Visit beautiful Auyuittuq National Park and hike the foot of Coronation Fiord while bonding with your family over the beauty that surrounds you.

Polar Bear Migration Fly- In Photo Safari – The Family Trip in October and November

Whether you’re Canadian or American, the Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari during October or November is a great Thanksgiving getaway for the family! Going away over Thanksgiving gives families the opportunity to take a holiday without your children missing much school. Spend five days and four nights in Arctic Kingdom’s Polar Bear Cabins situated on the coast of Hudson Bay. While there, your family will have the chance to get up close and personal with polar bears, Arctic fox and caribou and enjoy the magical display of the Northern Lights.

In Iqaluit, Baffin Island in addition to the three trips listed, your family could learn to build an igloo, kayak, snorkel or fish for dinner! Our Arctic Weekend Getaways deliver memorable moments over a long weekend. PD Day long weekends will never be the same after a trip to the Arctic!

International Dance Day: An Arctic Perspective

April 29th, 2015 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES

aaatanyaThis map posted online by the University of Lapland illustrates the diversity of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. In the Canadian Arctic, where we travel, there are two groups: Inuit and Dene, based on their language. These diverse people of the North have one thing in common – a culture in which the Arts have been embedded for centuries.

International Dance Day

The International Dance Council introduced International Dance Day in 1982. Every year they focus on an aspect of the Art of Dance. IDC announced this year’s theme:

Our common proposal is to combine dance with painting, drawing, sculpture or other forms of creative work in the visual arts.

There is no more appropriate moment to recognize the rich artistic heritage of Northern peoples. They sing, dance and drum, as well as carve and silk-screen works of Art. With extraordinary skill they embellish hand-crafted mittens, boots and headbands.

Annual Cultural Festivals in the Arctic

One of the best annual cultural festivals in the Arctic is Alianait Arts Festival. Held in Iqaluit, this year’s festival runs from June 26 to July 1, 2015. You can pack a lot of culture into one day in Iqaluit, because at the time of year, the sun shines for nearly 21 hours.

Running almost concurrently in Yukon will be the Adaka Cultural Festival. The Festival’s mandate is to shine a light on the creativity of Yukon’s First Nations.

Arctic Weekend Getaways during festival dates are possible. Make 2015 your year to experience the culture of Northern peoples.
 

Arctic char – a Northern delicacy

March 4th, 2015 | By | Filed in Arctic Animals, Sports

Freshly caught Arctic charThe Latin name for Arctic char is Salvelinus alpinus, a fish by any other name would taste as delicious. [Shakespeare, please forgive me.] I prefer it to salmon. Have you tried some? I like it grilled in butter and served with freshly ground black pepper.

If you have a great Arctic char recipe, please share it in the comments

This species of fish is an excellent source of protein and Omega-3. You can substitute it for salmon in your favourite recipe.

Arctic char are members of the salmonidae family that includes salmon, trout, graylings and freshwater whitefishes. They spawn in freshwater, some spend most of their lives at sea, yet some are landlocked their entire lives. Arctic char are the most northerly distributed freshwater fish.

Much of the Arctic char available in your local supermarket is farm raised. To truly appreciate the unique taste you should try wild Arctic char.

Cannot think of a better way to have celebrated my 50th

January 19th, 2015 | By | Filed in Diving, Featured Trip

Narwhal at the floe edge

Narwhal at the floe edge

I have been going through our guestbooks this morning. What a pleasure it has been, I say with no modesty whatsoever.

A 50th, or 21st or just for the heck of it

One entry inspired today’s post. Elaine wrote this at the end of her Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari: “There are no words good enough to express the once in a lifetime experience of this trip. The Arctic is beautiful. The people beyond friendly. The wildlife and environment awe inspiring. The people met just great. The Arctic Kingdom crew fabulous, friendly, helpful. Just a lovely experience and I cannot think of a better way to have celebrated my 50th. Thanks, thanks, thanks.”

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate any special occasion than a visit to the Arctic. But…you don’t have wait for a special occasion…because an Arctic Adventure is always a special occasion. Don’t take my word for it. Read what Angie had to say about her Great Migration adventure: “Am amazing, too short, week in the Arctic. My obsession continues as I already look forward to a return trip. Truly fabulous photography at the floe edge. I will take the badge for Arctic diving, although probably the shortest dive completed. and I will leave the honor of acquiring an underwater split of a narwhal to a more adventurous photographer.”

Is 2015 your year to take the Arctic off your bucket list?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Arctic

January 7th, 2015 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, Featured Trip

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

I had romance on my mind yesterday, so I used a well-known travel site for some comparison shopping. I want to spend Valentine’s Day in the Arctic. How romantic would it be to spoon under the Northern Lights? [As I tell everyone, they are a natural phenomenon, so there is no guarantee they’ll appear on Valentine’s night just because I want them to.]

Valentine’s Day Arctic Weekend Getaway

Why was I comparison shopping, you might be asking, because I work for an Arctic tour operator? We like to keep our promises honest. We’ve been promising the best value Arctic Weekend Getaway for some time now. That well known travel site offered 2 nights hotel with flights from Ottawa – and that is it – nothing else – for $2,821 per person, including taxes and service charges. Guess what our weekend package price for the Valentine’s Day weekend costs? $1,515.99 per person, including taxes and service charges. That’s a romantic savings of $1,305 per person. $2,610 a couple!

Our price includes 2 nights hotel, the airfare from Ottawa to Iqaluit, a city tour and airport transfers in Iqaluit! Plus…we amp up the romance by adding a bottle of champagne and a dog-sledding trip for $500 a couple – you’ll still save $2,110 a couple!

What is romantic about dog-sledding?

If you have to ask, you have never cuddled under a blanket aboard a travelling sled. You get to squeeze your main-squeeze in a wonderland of snow. Warm up with hot chocolate afterward. You are going to thank me!

Book your Valentine’s Day Arctic Weekend Getaway online, right now.

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