October 2010 All the latest news from Arctic Kingdom Expeditions!

In this issue

2011 Expedition trip update - limited spots left on select departures
LIVE Webinar on Nov 2, 2010 at 1:00PM EDT
Special Offer! Free Canada Goose™ Winter Parka
Anirniq - Finalist at the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival
November Newsletter Photograph: the Story


2011 Expedition trip update - limited spots left on select departures

We at Arctic Kingdom take great effort and pride in offering the most varied types of Arctic Animal Adventures. From northern lights to polar bears, from spring trips when there is still ice on the sea and we travel by snowmobiles, to summer trips where we travel primarily by boat to our land-based camps.

Our floe edge trips we find always sell out first and the 2011 Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure is no exception this year being once again one of our most popular trips. June departures are already 50% sold-out. If you are considering an Arctic trip for 2011 to visit a floe edge - in particular to see the mystical Narwhal, please contact us soon to reserve your spot. Trip departures are limited to only 8 participants. You can take advantage of our Special Booking offer if you book before November 25th. (more below).



LIVE Webinar on Nov 2, 2010 at 1:00PM EDT

Floe Edge webinar - Get your questions answered by the experts

Pulling from his vast experience on Baffin Islands numerous floe edges, Tom will share his insights on this remarkable expedition and what you could expect to see by joining our upcoming floe edge expeditions - Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure or the Ultimate Floe Edge Experience - Narwhal, Beluga and Polar Bears.

  • Discover floe edges and the value of high-end land-based expedition travel in small groups, with AK expedition leaders in close partnership with Inuit guides
  • See expedition highlights-narwhals, polar bears, soaring glaciers, stunning icebergs, friendly Inuit guides, and our safari-style eco-camps.
  • Get a sense of daily activities - from floe edge activities such as kayaking, traveling by snowmobile and qamutiks, hiking, even snorkeling or diving... and more.

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

Title: Arctic Floe Edge Diving - Get your questions answered by the experts
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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



Special Offer! Free Canada Goose™ Winter Parka

If you book before U.S. Thanksgiving (Nov. 25th), you will receive with our compliments, a beautiful and highly practical - Canada Goose - winter parka ready to wear this Winter and on your Arctic Kingdom adventure.



Bookings are subject to our standard terms & conditions



Anirniq - Finalist at the 2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the worlds most prestigious adventure film festivals and have selected Brudder Productions short film "Anirniq" as a finalist.

Filmed on location at the floe edge of Pond Inlet with Arctic Kingdom in June of this year, "Anirniq" - Inuktitut for breath - is a short fable about an Inuit man confronting the loss of his father when he was a young boy on his first narwhal hunt. The story explores the Inuit belief that when someone dies their spirit goes into the living creatures around them and thus the Inuit saying: "The great peril of our existence is that our diet consists entirely of souls."

All 'actors' in the film are the very same Inuit guides that assist Arctic Kingdom on the Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventures.

To view the film, you can see it here on Vimeo:
Anirniq - (Breath) from Brüdder on Vimeo.

OR

Banff Mountain Film Festival
Max Bell Auditorium
November 5th 2010 at 9:15PM
Tickets are $32.00



November Newsletter Photograph: the Story

The Pond Inlet floe edge is a line of land-fast ice that stretches from North Baffin Island north to Bylot Island - is not only well known for it's narwhal population that migrates there during the spring months May through July, but also for the polar bears that frequently are seen in and amongst the pack ice.

This month's newsletter image - of a polar bear (and behind her are two cubs) silhouetted on an iceberg with the 2 AM sun shining brightly behind, was photographed at the Pond Inlet floe edge on May 22, 2010.

We were traveling by snowmobile back to Pond Inlet when we spotted movement on the iceberg. Our group of 5 stopped our snowmobiles approximately 50 meters from the iceberg and quietly watched for hours as the mother and cubs would watch us as the second photograph shows. The mother polar bear would lie down with her head in her paws - eyes closed as if completely oblivious to our presence, the cubs would crawl on her back, over her, around her and so on, and peer up at us as they wrestled with one another.

As the sun moved across the sky in an endless streak across the horizon, we watched and observed the cubs until they too lay down nestled under their mothers outstretched body and closed their eyes. We bid adieu to 'polar bear iceberg' and continued on towards Pond Inlet a few hours distant. Smiles all the way home.

You too may enjoy this memorable experience (or one similar to it - as no two experiences are ever the same) on the May or June departures of the Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure

SCHEDULED TRIPS - SET DEPARTURES

Arviat Fly-In Polar Bear & Northern Lights Cabins
Move over Churchill! Make room for Arviat. Observe countless polar bears from the comfort of our Arviat Polar Bear cabins set directly on the shores of Hudson Bay. Go on nature treks with Inuit guides to get even closer for that elusive eye-level photograph.

Set Departures: Oct-Nov
Prices from: $ 7,600


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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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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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Ice Dive Canada's Great Lakes Shipwrecks
In Ontario's Thousand Islands, we have chosen a location with ice conditions similar to the Arctic, offering a wide range of training scenarios. Using our state-of-the-art airboat, you will able to experience ice that has never been accessed before, safely and reliably.

Set Departures: January/Febuary
Prices from: $2,800


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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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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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