Trip Notes - Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions

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ULTIMATE ARCTIC ANIMAL ADVENTURE

TRIP NOTES

What To Bring

Arctic Kingdom will provide you with a Canada Goose expedition jacket and a full body one-piece survival suit for the boat portions of the trip. All other attire is your responsibility. We will provide you with a complete gear list for this location and we also offer a complete gear outfitting package.

Weather

Temperatures: Historically, the temperatures are just above freezing in June (2°c/35°f). By July, the temperature averages around 7°c/45°f with many days considerably higher. Wind chill in moving boats can still make the temperature feel as much as 20° colder. Water Visibility: Water visibility can measure in the hundreds of feet in mid June but drops in July (20-80 feet, 6-25 meters) as algae is released from the bottom of the ice and blooms. May / June / July - In the regions close to the Arctic Circle temperatures during the season range from -5°C to +10°C. May will normally be the coldest (usually around -5°C), but the temperatures rise as the days lengthen, and June can see temperatures around -1°C to +5°C. Recent years have seen massive fluctuations in the space of a few weeks with lows of -15°C and highs of +10°C just a few days apart.

Daylight Hours

In mid to late Spring (May/June), the sun is constantly shining. The sun shines high above at noon, sinking low to the western horizon by 10PM. It continues to seemingly skim across the tops of the distant mountain ranges towards the eastern horizon throughout the night, until it then begins its climb higher into the sky again. The warm, soft glow of the midnight sun is a photographer's delight, providing dramatic images of the stunning scenery.

Responsible Tourism

Tourism and film production shoots can be a real boon to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism. Everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Arctic Kingdom as a company is geared toward making a positive impact on the regions we visit. Arctic Kingdom trips are designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we hire local guides, and local drivers, buy local produce, eat local food and use local services, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economy and the host communities. We are continually reassessing our trips, trying at all times to ensure that they are socially, economically and environmentally sound.

IS THIS TRIP FOR YOU?

This trip is tailor made for the discerning explorer who specifies and requires the highest quality. Designed to remove the risks of wildlife viewing in the arctic, to address that not everyone has weeks and months or even years to see all the arctic has to offer, this expedition has taken everyones dream way of seeing the arctic and made it a reality. Where timing is of the essence and a requirement to ensure that all transportation and logistical means necessary are used to ensure a high likelihood of an animal encounter and minimize risk then this trip is perfect for anyone looking for a real adventure. The planes will be landing on ice runways, the helicopters landing seemingly in the middle of now where with only pancakes of ice for miles around. Ultimate Arctic Wildlife Adventure has been put together for adventurers serious about seeing the arctic, serious about photography and getting the shots theyneed, and seeing the arctic from a viewpoint and method that only a privileged few have seen before. You do not have to have previous Arctic experience, but you do need to have an adventurous spirit. Relatively speaking, very few people have been through to the high Arctic -- you can become among the first to explore this amazing region. An expedition is typically represented by an international range of participants. Having a laid back, open-minded and patient demeanor is important.

What Level of Difficulty

Arctic Kingdom's expeditions are not overly active, but there can be long days of travel via snowmobile or on a motorized boat.

What to Expect

Despite this being an arctic wildlife viewing trip where you will see some stunning scenery and rarely seen animals in their natural environment, we would like all our expedition participants to understand and be sensitive to the cultural and historical ways of the Inuit people and their subsistence hunting lifestyle. Our expeditions position ourselves in areas with large concentrations of animals. We use the most experienced hunters as guides and occasionally find ourselves in the same areas as local hunting parties. We support the aboriginal native right to hunt as part of a lifestyle that has supported the Inuit people over thousands of years in one of the harshest climates on earth. We enjoy the hospitality of the people of the North and have established valuable relationships of trust and mutual respect. Our expeditions may have the opportunity, either by chance or choice, to observe hunting activities. Such images may be graphic and if improperly used could cause substantial harm to the Inuit people and their traditional way of life. It is possible that you will see evidence of hunting and dead animals as you wander through the gateway communities. Examples include the stretching of seal skin boots or gloves, Inuit husky dog teams being fed Arctic Char or seal meat. If you are open to experiencing a new culture, their hunting lifestyle and learning about their way of life, then this trip is for you.

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CUSTOM EXPEDITION SUMMARY
Trip Length
Flexible per your dream itinerary
Time of Year
April-November
Price
Please call or email us for pricing.
Trip Category
Wildlife Viewing - Flight Seeing via Plane and Helicopter
Group Size
1-16
Location
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
Secondary
Ring Seal, Bearded Seal, Harp Seal
Other
Arctic birds such as Black-billed muirs, Arctic Terns, Eider Ducks
Activities
Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Kayaking
Optional: Snorkeling, Diving
Accommodations
Gateway town hotel, luxury eco-friendly seasonal base camp on sea ice or on shore (conditions permitting)
Transportation
Private twin otter, helicopter, Snowmobiles, possibly Air boat / motorboat
Booking Terms
On request
Cancellation Terms
On request
Insurance
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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