In 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.
August 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!
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Author: Mandy Ams
The 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.
Special occasions require a memorable setting and activities that are once in a lifetime. Our themed adventures in Iqaluit will make your special occasion unforgettable. Here are two that are coming up very soon.
Valentine's Day - February 13 to February 15, 2015 - The Arctic for the Romantic
Spend 2 nights and 3 days in the territorial capital of Nunavut on Baffin Island. Share with your beloved a Swedish couple's massage, followed by a romantic cocktail and dinner at the Discovery restaurant. Breakfast is included in our Valentine's adventure package, as well as dog-sledding and an immersion in Inuit culture. Email us for complete package details and pricing.
Toonik Tyme Festival - Sports, culture and good times in Iqaluit - April 3 to 6, 2015
One of the best annual festivals in the North, Toonik Tyme celebrates the spring break-up. Our package includes a VIP ticket to the events - igloo building, seal skinning, snowmobile racing. Speaking of snowmobiles, you'll enjoy a ride to a polynya - open water surrounded by ice, where marine mammals could be seen surfacing to breath. Email us for complete package details and pricing.
Arctic Survival Expedition - turn any weekend into a test of courage and skill
We're stripping this weekend to the bare essentials - man vs. nature. You'll fish for your supper and build your own accommodation. Transportation is by snowmobile. Survival training is by Arctic Kingdom. Complete package details and pricing is available by Email.
Northern Lights - a natural phenomenon that can't be controlled
Any weekend between August and November, you can fly to Iqaluit in search of the Northern Lights. Like any great quest there is no guarantee that your first attempt will be successful. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is completely unpredictable. We do guarantee to light up your night with a bonfire in Sylvia Grinnell Park. To learn more Email.
This past Saturday Dec 31, 2011 Arctic Kingdom was in The Telegraph - India: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1111231/jsp/personaltt/story_14945414.jsp
If you like speed and the winter try mushing (dog sledding)!
Arctic Kingdom offers customized trips for clients, or it can also be a part of a trip. Tours can be half a day to 2 weeks.
In addition to mushing clients can also see icebergs, glaciers, mountains, sea ice, polar bears, narwhal, arctic fox, arctic hare, Inuit culture, and traditional Inuit clothing,
If this is an activity that intrigues you or you would like to take one of our trips visit: http://arctickingdom.com/
The June/July issue of Men's Journal is out, with their special spread on Canada for Adrenaline Junkies. Arctic Kingdom is listed for the #1 activity, Dive With Whales. The article states,
In summer, the Arctic sea is dotted with sun-sculpted icebergs and populated with monsters: beluga whales and narwhals, walrus, seals, Greenland sharks and polar bears. The best way to see the beasts is to don a wetsuit and dive right in: Whales, congregating along the floe edge, will swim beside you, eye to gigantic eye.
As the article goes on to note, the wildlife isn't the only attraction. There's the shocking blue of the ice, the water alive with microscopic creatures, and kayaking in sunlight at two AM, when "the sun casts long shadows and the glowing ice makes for a surreal experience."
I have to admit a weakness for hot air balloon travel -- there's something so elegant, so magical about it, it really takes air travel away from mere utilitarian transport and into a realm of wonder.
Of course, up at the North Pole, this is more than just a balloon ride. Of his 3,130 km trip from Spitzbergen to Siberia, 65-year old French explorer Jean-Louis Etienne notes,
It was much harder than I imagined it to be. Yesterday I made contact with France and for a press conference, they asked me, if it took me five days. I would say I wouldn't know. It was constant and non-stop... It was an extremely grueling voyage with sleep hours, well, that doesn't exist- sleep hours, more like with some minutes of sleep. It was very very grueling.
Still, the video that balloon soaring over the snow is gorgeous. It reminds me of one of my favorite sets on our Flickr page, of a 2004 expedition utilizing a hot air balloon for filming!
This Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle featured a great article by Margo Pfeiff about her trip to Baffin Island for training in polar survival. I couldn't help but giggle at her description of her first foray into Arctic waters:
Dangling my legs off a 6-foot-thick ice floe, I slide into slushy water. My "swimsuit" ain't no polka-dotted bikini, but a screaming red one-piece waterproof number I've wrestled over a half-dozen layers, including an expedition down jacket and ski boots. Air rushes out around my neck as heavy-gauge nylon hugs me. Suddenly, I'm bobbing buoyantly up to my chin in the Arctic Ocean like a cherry in somebody's piña colada.
As I hoist myself back onto the ice sheet, the saltwater on my suit flash-freezes and drifts to my feet as snow. I had come north to immerse myself in the Arctic, but hadn't expected the experience to be quite so literal.
This rare patch of open water in the sea ice blanketing Frobisher Bay is a polynya kept open throughout winter by strong currents. The 29-degree seawater steams into the clear, minus-18 degree March air. I dog-paddle through clinking ice chunks as if I'm doing laps in a tumbler of scotch.
The sometime absurdity of negotiating Artcic waters aside, Pfeiff manages to capture how fun the Arctic can be, how unique and enjoyable trekking across sea ice and camping on a creaking ice-locked bay.
Pfeiff's whole article is well worth a read. You can read it in its entirety on the San Francisco Chronicle's webpage.
Got the itch to try it yourself? Check out our trips page for more information on our expeditions to Baffin Island and beyond.