ItineraryThe geographic area of your "Dog Sled Baffin Island Adventure" will be north of the Arctic Circle on the northern most coast of Baffin Island in Canada's Eastern Arctic starting from the hamlet of Pond Inlet. From March through June this Adventure provides the definitive cultural experience and the opportunity to learn of the Inuit lifestyle and means of true Arctic travel as it has existed for centuries. In addition to travel by dog team, the Dog Sled Adventure is typically oriented toward seeking out and photographing the spectacular landscape, as well as wildlife that inhabit the area. With your approval, your guide may also hunt species appropriate for the season.
Day 0Arrive in Ottawa from your home town. Overnight in Ottawa hotel.
Day 1Depart in the morning from Ottawa, to Iqaluit, then onto your host community of Pond Inlet. Your Inuit guide will meet you at the airport and you will transfer to the local hotel. Over dinner, with your guide, you will plan the details of your trip to include as many of your specific wishes as possible.
Days 2-6Depart in the morning on your traditional Dog Sled Baffin Island Adventure, which is scheduled to return to Pond River in the afternoon of the 6th day. Your chosen route of travel is dependent on weather and snow and sea ice conditions, and may require modification at the guide's discretion. In addition to cross-country travel, likely to an inland lake, the itinerary normally includes travel along steep walled fiords. Land-oriented birds and mammals you may encounter include ravens, ptarmigan, Arctic hare, fox, and possibly polar bears. You may also visit the edge of the floe ice where the open sea and/or pack ice begin, and where the Inuit camp and hunt in the spring. The floe edge is where marine wildlife congregate, particularly in late spring (i.e. seals, occasionally Polar bear, and remotely walrus). From mid-May through June, many of the indigenous and migrating birds can be viewed in their breeding plumage. You may also try fishing through the sea ice Inuit-style, or for the famous Arctic Char in the inland lakes. Accommodations en-route will be in a tent or snow house (igloo) out on the steppes or in the guide's outpost camps, as conditions dictate. A warm and cozy sleeping bag (one comfortable to -20 C) will be provided to you by Arctic Kingdom in Ottawa for you to use for the duration of your trip. Alternately, if you wish to bring your own sleeping bag, please let us know.
You will be dog sledding in the morning en route to the hamlet of Pond Inlet arriving in the early afternoon. Following check-in at the hotel, you will be free to explore the community, seek out local art, or simply relax. Dinner will be at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will return to the airport for your flight to Iqaluit, departing at 07:30. Your flight arrives in Iqaluit at shortly before noon. Upon arrival in Iqaluit, there will be a few hours before continuing on your flight to Ottawa, where you will have time to run into town for a quick explore. There are a number of interesting places in Iqaluit to visit such as a museum, reflecting the culture of the region, as well as several galleries offering Inuit crafts, including soapstone carvings and prints from throughout the Baffin Region.