The intent of this trip is to introduce you to the Arctic and traditional Inuit dog sledding as it really exists today. The Arctic has many variables that can influence any travel plans. Being relaxed, patient and flexible are important attitudes to have in the Arctic, where it should be expected that even the best laid plans sometimes need to change. Whatever is planned will likely be changed for any one of a variety of reasons, and this itinerary is for general reference only. The weather, snow, and sea ice conditions invariably play a role in every Dog Sled adventure (e.g. a blizzard or fog could force you to spend a day or two in one place (igloo, tent or outpost hut) as the difficult travel conditions pass through, or weak or moving sea ice could prevent travel to the floe-edge; unusually thick lake ice could prevent fishing for Arctic Char).
Arctic wildlife is widely dispersed in the Baffin Region. The prevalence of Arctic wildlife, such as Polar bears, at any given time, is dependent upon the weather, the presence of pack ice, the abundance seals and other natural factors. In the Pond Inlet area, you can expect a truly unique Arctic experience and spectacular scenery, but we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings.
2 nights in Ottawa
2 nights in Pond Inlet
5 days dog sledding by Inuit Hunter/Guide
All meals and accommodations (double occupancy)
Flight to Pond Inlet
Meals and taxi fares in Iqaluit and Ottawa
Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
Travel arrangements between one's point of origin and Ottawa can be arranged by Arctic Kingdom to suit the individual's convenience. It is strongly recommended that participants traveling on reduced fare airline tickets not try to continue their journey home on the same day as they return to Ottawa; any deviation from the ticketed itinerary will result in a penalty regardless of the cause.
IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU
The trip is not intended to have as many check marks or sights to be seen crossed off in a short period of time. The 'way of the north' or of the Inuit people is to take things as they come, to relax, enjoy the moment – be it a sunny or foggy day – to appreciate where you are in the moment, and fall into the laid -back lifestyle of the Arctic people. It is assumed that participants have enough resources within themselves to enjoy the unique solitude of the Arctic and the free time provided. If this philosophy is alien to you, it is suggested that participation would be a mistake. Of course, good health is fundamental to travel into any remote region, yet despite this, all participants will be required to obtain evacuation travel insurance. With that, and flexibility of attitude as an equally important prerequisite, age should not be considered as a deterrent.
Finally, your Inuit guide may be required to hunt to feed his dog teams. This is the way of the north and part of the subsistence hunting traditional way of life of the Arctic. It can be very enlightening and rewarding to watch the 'hunter in action' while on the land however, if hunting is offensive to you then this trip is not for you.