ULTIMATE ARCTIC ANIMAL ADVENTURE
Wildlife viewing is the primary activity for most expedition members. Whether watching animals from a chair on the edge of the ice, from a boat on the water, or even snorkeling on the surface, there are many ways to enjoy the wildlife.
Photography and Video opportunities are never-ending for those who see the world through the viewfinder. The Arctic is one of the most visually spectacular and unspoiled areas in the world. Paddling provides another great way to sit quietly among the gentle giants. Use a batiscope to peer into the Arctic aquarium. Drop an underwater microphone into the water to hear the symphony of the sea. Snorkel in the comfort and safety of a drysuit. No experience is required to float and peer down into the world of the whale. Paddle around the whales then quietly slide into the water and watch the Bowheads go by. Fishing in mid-July can be a magical experience that takes you back to the times when fish were still plentiful. Watch the fins of the arctic char churn the waters of the bay where almost every other cast lands a big one!
Narwhals begin to appear in early June and become increasingly abundant through mid-July as the ice break up accelerates.
Beluga Whales begin to appear in early May. They may grow in numbers into July or continue on through Lancaster Sound. The best time to see Belugas in clear water is generally in May and early June but we have had unbelievable encounters with Belugas and Narwhals with good visibility as late as early July.
Bowhead Whales begin to arrive in late June and may remain in the area in large numbers through mid July. As many as a dozen whales may be seen in one area or a single inquisitive whale may swim under the boat or rest close by while cruising the floe edge. Bowheads may be seen spy hopping, tail slapping, finning and breaching.
Walrus are always around the arctic waters, a boat ride from camp. From mid June through mid July they may be found in large groups resting on ice. By August, all of the ice has disappeared and all of the region's walrus are forced onto a few small islands.
Polar Bears hunt the walrus and seals and may occasionally be seen far out on the moving pack ice. These bears tend to be large to have the strength to swim far from land to hunt walrus. Lucky expedition members have seen a bear eating a fresh kill. August expeditions are more likely to observe such a hunt, as the walrus populations are more concentrated on the islands.
Seals are abundant throughout the region. Both Bearded and Harp seals are regularly seen and occasionally a group of harp seals may cruise by the floe edge, pushing almost half of their bodies out of the water to inspect visitors.
CUSTOM EXPEDITION SUMMARY
Flexible per your dream itinerary
Time of Year
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Wildlife Viewing - Flight Seeing via Plane and Helicopter
Baffin Island, Devon Island, Ellesmere Island, North West Passage (Canada)
Participant Experience Needed
Only a great attitude and adventurous spirit!
Primary Trip Focus
All arctic large animals – Beluga, Narwhal, Bowhead, Walrus, Polar Bears, Caribou, Musk-oxen
Ring Seal, Bearded Seal, Harp Seal
Arctic birds such as Black-billed muirs, Arctic Terns, Eider Ducks
Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Kayaking
Optional: Snorkeling, Diving
Gateway town hotel, luxury eco-friendly seasonal base camp on sea ice or on shore (conditions permitting)
Private twin otter, helicopter, Snowmobiles, possibly Air boat / motorboat
It is a condition of this expedition that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks. Evacuation insurance is highly recommended.
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