January 2011 All the latest news from Arctic Kingdom Expeditions!

In This Issue

Featured Trip - Bowhead Whales, Walrus and Polar Bears of the Foxe Basin
Viewing Polar Bears Up Close with Arctic Kingdom 2 Videos
Congratulations to Todd Mintz' photo Iceberg Texture taking 3rd place!
Register for the Free LIVE Jan 12 Webinar on Qikiqtarjuaq Bowhead Whales, Polar Bears and Glaciers
Missed a webinar? Watch them online anytime, anywhere
Book now before space for 2011 runs out.
Order your Canada Goose product today!

Dear Traveller,

Happy New Year from all of us at Arctic Kingdom!

We hope you had a fantastic New Year and welcome to 2011! The 2011 season is already upon us with the first expedition - our new luxury Arctic Igloo Dome Camp with helicopter - the Polar Bears and Northern Lights of the Torngat Mountains to depart in late March. By June, we have our ever popular Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventures out of Pond Inlet (there are still spots left!) and the Ultimate Floe Edge Adventure Beluga, Narwhal and Polar Bears out of Arctic Bay, then the Bowhead, Walrus and Inuit Culture of the Foxe Basin in July (see more below). If that wasn't enough, we're then once again heading back to Qiqiktarjuaq in August for the Polar Bears, Bowhead Whales and Glaciers of Baffin Island trip. I will be conducting a live webinar on this location tomorrow (details are below).

Choose your own adventure be it on a dive trip, to a narwhal photography safari, to just taking it easy at the floe edge - from taking the whole family, a father/daughter bonding trip, a photography dream trip, which ever real Arctic Adventure you choose, be it solo or with others, you can be assured it is with a small group, with knowledgeable Inuit and AK guides and leaders, in the utmost of comfort to make sure it is a personal, and unforgettable, life-changing experience. I have a great newsletter today with trip information, videos of polar bears, and much more.., so please grab a coffee or tea, and enjoy the read!


See you in the Arctic! (or call/email me anytime!)

Thomas Lennartz
Expedition Director

+1-416-322-7066 x114
[email protected]


Featured Trip - Bowhead Whales, Walrus and Polar Bears of the Foxe Basin

This months main newsletter image above showcases how herds of walrus float on pans of ice and how we approach by boats within almost arms reach (almost..not quite!). Graham Dickson, Master Dive Instructor and founder of Arctic Kingdom, will lead a small group of divers - maximum 8, on a dive trip from June 27 to July 4th 2011 that they won't soon forget! Based in June/early July when the bowhead whales conglomerate at the floe edge, and when hundreds of walrus can be found floating in the pancake ice covered waters of the Foxe Basindive trip is focused on getting up close with Walrus and Bowhead whales not only 'topside' using local Inuit boats and , but to slip into the water beside both of the Arctic giants. Diving with Walrus and Bowhead whales. Using a variety of techniques, starting with pecialized cages designed and built by Arctic Kingdom, but based on reading the walrus' personalities, we'll be diving alongside them in the open water. Our aim is to get our trip participants the opportunities to obtain split photographs, to full underwater shots.

There are currently still 4 spaces available on the Jun 27-July 4th 2011 dive trip. Book now to go this year.

Non-dive trips are available as well. If diving isn't for you, but you'd like to see and photograph the 'bowhead highway' of bowhead finning, tail slapping, spyhopping, and the walrus herds as well, join one of our 'non-dive trips' in July. This is a great trip for families as well!

For complete trip details click here

For the webinar for this trip click here

IMAGE CREDIT: PETER HEMMING



Viewing Polar Bears Up Close with Arctic Kingdom 2 Videos

We are asked by photographers and polar bear enthusiasts what our approach is to getting you close to polar bears at eye level... and just how close will you get. Why not show you instead! Have a look at these videos:

Under the supervision of Arctic Kingdom's inuit gudes, we evaluate the polar bears personalities and demeanor and let them come to us. When polar bears approach, our guides can determine the bears condition, and watch for behaviour that indicates curiosity rather than a 'hungry bear'. In most cases, the polar bears we encounter on trips are generally in good spirits as they are well fed on seal, and exhibit curiosity to our presence or in the case of the second video Polar Bear Hunting Seal are completely unaware of our presence.


Polar Bear Approaches Photographers- Video

From the Arctic Kingdom basecamp on the floe edge, we watched a polar bear approach from 2km away, to within 10 meters of where we stood under the supervision of our Inuit guides. You will see the bear approaching out of curiosity, sniffing the air, and how our guide talks to the bear... all while AK participants/photographers snap away and get their 'up close' polar bear shots!

View Video here →





Polar Bear Hunting Seal - Video

This 7min of uncut footage of a polar bear stalking a seal under the ice was taken at 1 AM on the ice floe in May 2010 from the Arctic Kingdom base camp. You can see the polar bear sniffing the ice for the seal den, putting it's head to the ice listening for movement, and finally attempting to break through the seal den.

The polar bear was approximately 500 meters from the camp and did not appear to be aware of the our presence.

View Video here →



You can potentially also have these polar bear viewing opportunities on the following trips:

Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure - (June)
Ultimate Floe Edge Experience Beluga, Narwhal and Polar Bears - (June)
Arviat Fly-In Polar Bear Cabins - (Oct/Nov)



Congratulations to Todd Mintz' photo Iceberg Texture taking 3rd place!

Were thrilled to congratulate photographer Todd Mintz, whose photograph Iceberg Texture was recently awarded in the 2010 Los Angeles International Underwater Photography Competition. This is just Todds most recent recognition, his photographs have been awarded in many international competitions. Todd shot this image on a trip with Arctic Kingdom on the Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure Dive Trip (scheduled this year for May 24-31, 2011), and was kind enough to give us a few words about his experience and background in photography

AK - Specific to the image which was just awarded what was the process of that dive and shoot like? Any insider tips you have for other people interested in underwater photography to improve their work?

TM - The iceberg dive with Arctic Kingdom was one of my most memorable and favourite dives. Slipping through a crack in the ice that our lead Guide Thomas Lennartz has scouted. It was under two icebergs that had been locked in the floe edge ice. I had come to the Arctic to focus on capturing images of Narwhal but after receiving reports from members of our expedition group how fantastic the dive was I knew I had to break away from my search for the Narwhal to dive this site.

AK - How many times have you travelled with AK, and can you let us know a few of your favorite elements of working with us? Is there anything in particular we offer that is a draw for you to travel with us?

TM - This was my first expedition with Arctic Kingdom. I had researched some of the companies that offered travel to the Arctic but I knew I needed to dive.... Arctic Kingdom was the only Expedition company that I saw offered me the opportunity to dive and, dive with the Narwhal. Arctic Kingdom provided great accommodations that made the experience very comfortable. Remember you are camped on the floe edge ice. I think this comfort helps you rejuvenate your energy to tackle the cold water each day. And the great food did not hurt either.

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Register for the Free LIVE Jan 12 Webinar on Qikiqtarjuaq Bowhead Whales, Polar Bears and Glaciers

Amongst the towering fiord walls of south Baffin Island, touch the last of the great continental ice cap - the Penny Ice Cap Glacier, see polar bears and the majestic bowhead whales.

Join Arctic Kingdom Expedition Director Thomas Lennartz for a virtual tour of this breath-taking land of icebergs, fiords and wildlife of Qikiqtarjuaq on one of our newest trip destinations.

LEARN - about this coastal, small cruiser boat-based trip that departs in July and Aug 2011 that hugs the Arctic circle. What makes this summer Arctic trip so special and unique and what photograph opportunities you can have with the wildlife up close.

SEE - stunning pictures of glaciers, polar bears and get a first hand accounts

FIND - out what typical week activities at this pristine Arctic destination will be

You can ask questions during the webinar, in the chat window or email [email protected] ahead of time.

Space is limited. Reserve Your FREE Spot here →

Title - Qikiqtarjuaq Bowhead Whales, Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island
Date - Wednesday, November 12, 2011
Time - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.



Missed a webinar? Watch them online anytime, anywhere

Watch and share any of these webinars at any time. Did you miss a webinar such as:

A Virtual Floe Edge Expedition to Baffin Island

Polar Bears and Northern Lights of the Torngat Mountains

Arctic Diving

Bowhead Whales, Walrus and Polar Bears of the Foxe Basin

Because you were stuck in traffic, where on holiday, had a meeting or the time zone difference was just too much to ask you to get up at 2am to watch it live?

Watch these webinars here →



Book now before space for 2011 runs out.

With most trips 4 to 6 months away (wow...how time flies!), if you are considering an Arctic trip for 2011, then please book now or we can add you to a wait list if your desired departure date is full. As each trip departure window is narrow and our group sizes are small, the trips are filling up quickly.

Click here for our 2011 scheduled trip departures →

Contact us at [email protected] or call +1-416-322-7066 to inquire about availability, group booking and pricing.



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SCHEDULED TRIPS - SET DEPARTURES

Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure
Experience the pure essence of the exotic Arctic. Nestled amongst the majestic peaks of glacier capped mountains of Sirmilik National Park and north Baffin Island, camp directly on the sea ice and observe the mystical narwhal up close in the comfort of an upscale tented camp. Narwhals, polar bears, glaciers and icebergs make this an unparalleled adventure.

Set Departures: May-June
Prices from: $9,700


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The Ultimate Floe Edge Experience - Beluga, Narwhals and Polar Bears
An intensely remote, semi-private sized group, upscale experience to the heart of the Arctic in its ultimate scenic and wildlife splendor.

Set Departures: May-June-July
Prices from: $19,900


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Bowhead Whales, Walrus and Polar Bears of Foxe Basin
A journey of awe-inspiring and unforgettable panoramas. Ice islands draped with walrus, bowhead whales, polar bears and all night sunsets.

Set Departures: June-July
Prices from: $9,200


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Summer Polar Bears and Walrus of Coats Island
Remote and exotic, intoxicating Coats Island is a wildlife haven for polar bears, walrus, myriads of birds witnessed by only an elite few. This boat based adventure will get immerse you in the world of the summer Arctic, a trip that will leave lasting, maybe life changing memories.

Set Departures: July
Prices from: $9,100


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Polar Bears, Bowhead Whales and Glaciers of Baffin Island
Navy blue fiords, pink Arctic char, pure white polar bears, crimson red sunsets, electric blue glaciers and purple exotic flowers make this a journey to the colorful extreme.

Set Departures: August
Prices from: $9,100


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PRIVATE TRIPS

Ultimate Arctic Animal Adventure
Multiple land based camps at floe edges that are high in wildlife populations, combined with highly flexible transport options to locate and access the locations where the animals congregate.

Dates: April-Nov
Prices: Please call or email us for pricing.


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Spring Polar Bears at the Ice Floe Edge
An epic photographic safari in search of the polar bears, notably mother and cubs who have recently emerged from their dens and are hunting seals along the floe edge. Patience will be rewarded with unique and stunning polar bears amongst pack ice and icebergs.

Dates: May
Prices: Please call or email us for pricing.


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Narwhal and Beluga and the Lady Ann Strait Polynya
The Serengeti of the high arctic - this extremely high arctic polynya - or permanent open body of water just outside of Grise Fiord will reward you with observations of whales to walrus in a stunning mountainous surrounding.

Dates: May-June
Prices: Please call or email us for pricing.


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Bowheads and Humpbacks in Greenland
Whale watching and snorkeling with Bowhead and Humpback amongst stunning icebergs in Greenland out of the community of Qekeqtarjuaq in Disko Bay.

Dates: April
Prices: Please call or email us for pricing.


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Inuit Culture and Dogsledding in Greenland
As real as it gets. Dogsledding with the local Qaanaaq Inuit who have chosen not to ever use snowmobiles. Dress in traditional fur clothing and visit the floe edge on this 10 day journey and live the traditional Inuit way.

Dates: April-May
Prices: Please call or email us for pricing.


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Narwhal Summer Feeding Grounds Discovery
Deep fiords, drifting icebergs and the search with local Inuit for the mystical narwhal in their summer feeding area of Koluktoo Bay near Pond Inlet make this an immersion into Arctic life an unforgettable life experience.

Set Departures: August
Prices: Please call or email us for pricing.


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Polar Bears and Northern Lights of the Torngat Mountains
The pinnacle of remote luxury living in our new Arctic Igloo Domes in the rarely visited remote Torngat mountains. Helicopters, polar bears and rare caribou herds make this a world class unforgettable adventure.

Set Departures: March-April
Prices from: $25,000


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ARCTIC KINGDOM

Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions Inc. is fiercely dedicated to creating authentic and awe-inspiring trips to the high Arctic, we are the only company in the world to offer land-based travel experiences and special interest trips for individuals and small private groups. We know the Arctic like no other company and love to share it. Upscale and exclusive, we offer both scheduled trips (set departures) available to anyone and custom expeditions for clients such as Disney, National Geographic, the occasional world-renowned polar explorer and of course, discerning travellers. Our group sizes are small - from 4-12 fellow adventurers. (Any Inuit guide will tell you that a larger group size compromises your ability to feel and see what the Arctic has to offer.)

"Arctic Kingdom - the world's leading company for managing complicated logistics in the North"
- Scott Polar Research Institute


TRIP FORMAT

Scheduled Trips - Set Departures
A scheduled trip has a fixed date, fixed itinerary and fixed price where you can join a group of up to 12 fellow adventurers

Private and Custom Trips
A private trip is any trip that is not open to the general public, it therefore has a flexible departure date.
There are three types of private trips:

  1. Block Trips: a block trip is a private trip based on any of our scheduled itineraries, the easiest way to block a trip is to simply take over an existing departure date for your group.
  2. Private Adventures: these are set itineraries that have been pre-planned and run before. Starting prices are based on a minimum private group size of 4-8. While the core architecture of these trips is fixed, tweaking and customizing them can easily be accomplished - see our website for a long list of Private Adventures that include: dog-sledding, skiing, hot air ballooning, a helicopter flight to see Polar Bear dens and cubs, catching arctic char, snorkelling with whales, or building (and sleeping in) an igloo above the Arctic circle.
  3. Private Family Trips: this concept is simple; take one of our trips (scheduled or private) and let us weave-in enriching opportunities for kids, teenagers and adults. There is nowhere like the Arctic, where elders are revered and respected, to bridge a generation gap and create life-long memories.

Custom Expedition Planning
If you can imagine it, we can make it happen. We can do for you what we do for National Geographic, Disney, the military and world-renowned polar explorers. Whether your dream is a full-on expedition to the North Pole or simply (or not quite so simply) to hot air balloon over it, video an elusive Greenland shark, or dive an Arctic shipwreck, we can make it happen. The possibilities are as wide open as the north.

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