Arcticles Online: September 2010 All the latest news from Arctic Kingdom Expeditions!

In this issue

2011 Arctic Kingdom Expedition Trip guide now available for download
Featured Trip: Polar Bears and Northern Lights of the Torngat Mountains
Diving on a Grounded Arctic iceberg – a world first
Scheduled, Private or Custom Trips
End of Season Warehouse Sale – Sept 24 and 25th
Facebook – 500 'likes' and counting


Dear Adventurer,

This Arctic season has been an incredible one and we have a lot of exciting news for you – especially if you are considering a trip to see a specific animal or geographic area in 2011. From running Arctic Animal Adventures throughout the Arctic for narwhals, to seeing polar bears up in Grise Fiord (Canada's northern most community), to running a Baffin Island snowmobile traverse from Qikiqtarjuaq to Pond Inlet (an epic 900km trip), diving on a grounded iceberg (a world first), to opening up a few exciting locations for trips in Nunavut and Nunavik – including our new upscale Igloo Dome base camp near the Torngat Mountains (pictured above) - there is a captivating trip that is right for you – whether you want to see a polar bear eye-to-eye, or want to climb an iceberg – on your own, with a friend, group or with your family.

We here at Arctic Kingdom want you to go where only a few have gone before – To take the road less travelled. In a world crowded by people and cars and ever increasing trivial matters, we offer trips that transcends mere travel. We want you to immerse yourself in the last great wilderness, to peel back it's layers and experience the Arctic up close and personal. We are fiercely dedicated to creating awe-inspiring trips to the high arctic – weaving close animal encounters, in areas where scenery is stunning along with friendly, warm and seasoned Inuit guides.

To this end, we spent 2010 exploring new locations and working with the local Inuit communities to up the ante even further on providing authentic, amazing and upscale land-based trips for 2011. With this newsletter, we are proud to present some all new trips for 2011 – such as the Polar Bears and Northern Lights of the Torngat Mountains, as well as our return to Lancaster Sound on our "Ultimate Floe Edge Experience – Beluga, Narwhal and Polar Bears"

I invite you to download our new 2011 Arctic Kingdom Expedition Guide and then call or email any one of us here at Arctic Kingdom – Graham, Thomas, Andrew or Kristyn. There are many options to choose from and whether this is your first time to the Arctic, or your 10th, we are more than happy to hear from you and answer any questions.

Happy Travels,

Thomas Lennartz
Expedition Director
+1-416-322-7066 x114
[email protected]


2011 Arctic Kingdom Expedition Trip guide now available for download

Our all new trip catalogue for 2011 can be downloaded here:

2011 AK Expedition Guide Download

The cover shot of the catalogue is the beaming face of one of our lead Inuit guides out of Pond Inlet. You can meet him on any one of our Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure departures. Always smiling and happy to share his knowledge...we felt it was the perfect representation of what our land-based trips are all about - getting close to the Arctic wildlife, amongst amazing scenery and alongside our Inuit friends.


Featured Trip: Polar Bears and Northern Lights of the Torngat Mountains

Our newest location based out of Kangiqsualujjuaq, (in Nunavik Quebec) in the foothills of Canada's highest eastern mountain range – the Torngat Mountains – features our newest upscale luxury accommodations – Arctic Igloo domes. Complete with duvets, fireplaces and even a helicopter in order to view polar bears, and on those clear nights, the magical northern lights.

See trip details here →


Diving on a grounded Arctic iceberg – a world first

Divers on the 2010 May 31 to June 7 Narwhal and Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure had the dive of their life. Who knew that by diving through a crack beside an iceberg could reveal such a surreal world of light and ice formations.

After a few days of observing narwhal and diving in pack ice, the pinnacle dive was against a massive, twin peaked iceberg grounded in Eclipse Sound about 1km back from the floe edge. The water visibility was approximately 300 feet. What was most impressive was the dimpled texture of the iceberg underwater – reminiscent of a golf ball.

It was an underwater photographers dream as no such photographs or dive has ever been attained. Definitely a world first for diving on an iceberg in the Arctic.

In the words of one of the divers:
"The iceberg dive was one of my most favourite dives ever. Not a small compliment to the dive considering I have over 1000 dives. Outstanding!"
T.M. - Saskatchewan

We hope to repeat this incredible dive experience on next years Narwhal and Polar Bear Adventure Scuba Dive trip scheduled for May 24 to May 31 2011.

See trip details here →


Scheduled, Private or Custom Trips

Want to see a polar bear eye-to-eye? Looking for a unique photography opportunity or have a jet and want to know where you can go in the Arctic?

Did you know that in addition to our scheduled trip departures, we also can help design a private or custom Arctic trip for you. From private family trips, to a custom film project, to spending a night at the north pole, we can find and design the Arctic itinerary for you.

Please visit our new updated trips pages here →


End of Season Warehouse Sale – Sept 24 and 25th

We have come to the end of our arctic summer season and with that comes a unique opportunity to purchase gently used winter clothing and equipment at significantly discounted rates.

Each year we purchase new outer clothing for our expedition participants. It is worn for 3 to 4 weeks and returned for cleaning looking good as new! Get as much as 40% off the regular retail price. Top brands include Canada Goose, Outdoor Research, and Baffin Footwear.

Not in the Toronto area? Not a problem, feel free to call our toll free line at 1-888-737-6818 or direct at +1-416-322-7066. We will ship international. Enjoy the sale!

Click here for complete details →


Facebook – 500 'likes' and counting

Throughout this season, we were posting in almost real time from the field using our BGAN field internet system. We posted videos, pictures and other updates from some of our trips. We love seeing your comments and responses to your posts and ours. We are at over 500 'likes' now and thank every one of you for following along with us! From clients, to our Inuit guides and friends, to suppliers - it's great to see you all on there sharing your photos, your updates and your feedback with us!

If you're not already a facebook fan of ours – 'Like Us' at www.facebook.com/Arctickingdom

Until the next newsletter, see you on facebook from all of us at Arctic Kingdom!

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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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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