Iqaluit to Kimmirut Snowmobile Circuit
In 2o17, we are operating our Iqaluit to Kimmirut Snowmobile Circuit once, April 14 to 17 - an unique and unforgettable experience to drive an ancient Inuit trail connecting the two places.
Friday - Day One
Fly from Ottawa to Iqaluit in the morning. After checking into your hotel, tour Iqaluit with a local guide. A 2-hour gear check and snowmobile experience and evaluation prepares you for the trail. Overnight Iqaluit.
Saturday - Day Two
After a morning safety briefing and gear-up, begin your drive across Frobisher Bay. The 20 km (12 miles) drive to the opposite side of the bay covers smooth sea ice and pressure ridges as much as 3 meters (10 feet) high. You could pass open water that never freezes, known as polynya, where seals and migratory birds feed and rest. You leave the sea ice and drive onto the peninsula known as Meta Incognita, the land of unknown boundaries, to follow tundra trails through more than 100 km (62 miles) of Katannilik Territorial Park– the place of many waterfalls. You begin to follow the Soper River, designated a Canadian Heritage River for its beauty and diversity of plant life. You will pass through the only forest on Baffin Island – the Giant Willow Tree Forest. The trees reach 3 meters (10 feet) in height. You will have travelled a total of 130 km (80 miles) by the time you reach Kimmirut. If time permits, you will try fishing for landlocked freshwater cod. Baffin Island is the only place on the planet where you will find them. Overnight Kimmirut.
Sunday - Day Three
After another morning safety briefing, gear-up and refueling, before travelling to the floe edge near Kimmirut. The floe edge is where the frozen sea ice meets the open ocean. Kimmirut is located on the migration route of beluga and bowhead whales. You may encounter walrus or a polar bear taking advantage of the open water to rest and feed. You return to Iqaluit by following the Soper River to Kattanalik Park, over the ice of Frobisher Bay to Iqaluit. Overnight Iqaluit.
Monday - Day Four
The morning is free to explore Iqaluit, before we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Ottawa.
Included in the Iqaluit to Kimmirut snowmobile trips:
- Economy airfare between Ottawa and Iqaluit and back
- 2 nights at the Frobisher Inn or similar, based on double occupancy
- 1 night at the Kimik Hotel in Kimmirut, based on double occupancy
- Airport transfers in Iqaluit
- Orientation tour of Iqaluit
- 2 lunches and snacks
- Snowmobile and expedition sled for the duration of the trip
- Outfitting of safety equipment
- All fuel and other consumables
- Snowmobile helmet
- Snowmobile clothing
- Tips and gratuities
Ask us about gear rental. Eliminate the need to pack a helmet, bulky boots and snowmobile suits.