Polar Bear Expedition | Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island Itinerary

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Polar Bears and Glaciers of Qikiqtarjuaq

Qikiqtarjuaq: Polar Bears and Glaciers Itinerary

Revel in a polar bear expedition like no other to Qikiqtarjuaq! Our Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island adventure takes you through some of the most spectacular settings in the Arctic. Glacier-capped coastlines, majestic mountain peaks, and dazzling icebergs create the perfect scene for an Arctic adventure, while the Arctic summer’s midnight sun casts a magical glow both day and night.

Surrounded by islands and steep-walled fiords, we’ll spend our days roaming the land in search of wildlife in the beautiful silence of the Arctic. At this time of year, the chance of spotting polar bears on the shores of the islands is very high as is the opportunity to observe bowhead whales.

This family-friendly polar bear expedition presents you with a perfect opportunity to experience some of the Arctic’s top highlights. Observing wildlife in their natural habitat, fishing for Arctic char, kayaking in glacier-fed lakes, hiking in Auyuittuq National Park, and wild blueberry picking are just a sampling of some of the activities you can enjoy.

Day 1

This safari begins in Qikiqtarjuaq, a small village on the eastern coast of Baffin Island. If you purchased our optional flight package, you would depart Ottawa for Iqaluit at around 9:00 am and then change planes in Iqlauit for your connecting flight to Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, you will fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world’s tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff at over 5000 feet of sheer rock.

Qikiqtarjuaq is a small hamlet on Broughton Island with a population of approximately 600. A narrow channel separates the hamlet, which faces the large mountains of Akshakyuk Pass of the Auyuittuq National Park, from the main land of Baffin Island.

Days 2-6

From our Arctic Kingdom base camp, the next few days will be spent taking in the highlights of the area and experiencing the true essence of an Arctic summer. Our camp is ideally located near lakes, with a river passing through that provides fresh drinking water for food preparation and one of the best cups of tea or coffee you’ll ever have.

Each day provides an opportunity for adventure. Enjoy day trips to Akshakyuk Pass, where you can hike at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord, as well as a boat trip to the Penny Ice Cap Glacier for some hiking and exploration. Fishing for Arctic char right in camp and gathering fresh blueberries and blackberries nearby are also popular pastimes.

Wildlife discoveries are always a highlight. Bowhead whales are known to frequent the area just a 30 minute to 1 hour boat ride from camp, while polar bears can often be spotted on islands throughout the area. In some cases, more than 20 polar bears can be seen on a boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq to our base camp. We also provide inflatable kayaks that if/and when the opportunity presents itself, they can be deployed at any time.

Day 7

Today, we board our boat and head back to Qikiqtarjuaq after an unforgettable polar bear expedition. If you purchased our optional flight package, upon arrival, transfer to the airport for a 10:00 am flight to Iqaluit and onwards to Ottawa. Arrival in Ottawa will be between 4:20 pm and 4:50 pm. Transfer to a hotel of your choice or connect for an evening flight (departing at least after 6:30 pm) to your next destination.


  • Services of Inuit guides and Arctic Kingdom expedition staff
  • All transportation to/from and AK Base Camp, including local boats for duration of trip
  • All accommodations from Qikiqtarjuaq (7 days/6 nights in Arctic Safari Camp)
  • All meals from Qikiqtarjuaq
  • Snorkelling
  • Return transfers in Qikiqtarjuaq

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Qikiqtarjuaq (ask us about our special rates)
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals

NB This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when travelling to any Arctic location.



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Trip Length
7 Days / 6 Nights
2016 - 2017 Dates
Aug 9 – 15
Aug 16 – 22

Aug 1 – 7
Aug 8 – 14
Aug 15 – 21
2016 - 2017 Prices
2016: USD $6,995 + 349.75 (taxes) from Qikiqtarjuaq, based on double occupancy
2017: USD $7,595 + 379.75 (taxes) from Qikiqtarjuaq, based on double occupancy
2016 - 2017 SGL Supplement
x 1.8
2016 - 2017 Air Package
2016: USD $2,490 + $323.70 (taxes)
2017: USD $2355.00 + $306.15 (taxes)
Return flights from Ottawa (YOW) to Qikiqtarjuaq (YVM)
As there are a limited number of seats available that conveniently connect with our trip departure dates, we encourage you to book and pay for this flight package at the same time as you book your trip.
2016 - 2017 Group Size
Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada
2016 and 2017 prices quoted in USD.

2016 Terms and Conditions

2017 Terms and Conditions
Join Arctic Kingdom expedition director Thomas Lennartz for a virtual tour of the polar bears and the majestic bowhead whales of the Penny Ice Cap Glacier.
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