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Spring Polar Bears and Icebergs of Baffin Photo Safari

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Is This Arctic Adventure for You? This safari is perfect for professional and amateur photographers, and adventurers, with an interest in rare wildlife sightings and unique landscapes. Looking for a real Arctic adventure? This trip is for you. The Arctic is already far off the beaten path, and we are far from any typical tourist route. While you don’t need to have previous Arctic experience, you do need to have an adventurous spirit. Very few people have been to the high Arctic. You can become among the first to explore this amazing region. Having a laid back, open-minded, and patient demeanor is important. Be prepared for very cold temperatures and unpredictable weather.   Spirit of Adventure Required Arctic Kingdom trips are not intended to have set itineraries or sights to be seen crossed off in a short period of time. Daily schedules are determined by the weather, wildlife and our guests. We believe in taking things as they come, relaxing and enjoying opportunities, be it a sunny or foggy day. Appreciate where you are in the moment and fall into the lifestyle of the local people. Level of Difficulty Arctic Kingdom’s expeditions are somewhat active but not too strenuous. One can choose to do as little or as much as he/she would like throughout the adventure. What to Expect This Arctic photo safari is designed around viewing and photographing polar bears, icebergs and other wildlife and landscapes. There may be an opportunity to see polar bear mothers and cubs, however, there may also be days when polar bears may not be spotted. During these times, you can enjoy snowmobile and qamutik ride on the frozen tundra in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Our treks also provide an excellent opportunity to photograph the stunning landscapes and impressive natural setting. Getting There Travel arrangements between one’s point of origin and Iqaluit is the responsibility of the traveller. Do not plan on having any important meetings or events the day after your trip end date; we recommend planning on “buffer time” to account for any possible delays in getting home from the Arctic. Weather Weather in March can be variable. Expect cold temperatures ranging from -40°C to -20°C (-40° to -4°F) Daylight Hours You can expect approximately 8 hours of daylight at this time of year.   Polar Clothing Package A recommended clothing packing list upon enrollment confirmation will be provided. We recommend that anyone travelling to the Arctic dresses in layers. Of particular importance is the insulating outer layer. Regular ski jackets and pants are not suitable for the changing Arctic climate. With over a decade of experience in all types of Arctic weather, we have seen what works and what doesn’t. Arctic Kingdom has assembled a top-of-the-line clothing package that will enhance your Arctic experience and allow you to enjoy your Arctic expedition in comfort no matter what Mother Nature brings. All of our staff have depended on the same clothing package for years of Arctic adventures, so you can rest assured knowing you are getting the best options available. We realize that good quality, Arctic-worthy equipment is expensive to purchase all at once and may not be necessary for a one-time Arctic adventure. Arctic Kingdom has an Arctic Polar Clothing Rental Package that will ensure you are comfortable, warm, and dry for your Arctic expedition. Gourmet Meals Arctic Kingdom believes in providing only the best food possible during our Arctic expeditions. We bring our own private chef to manage the kitchen tent. Expect hearty breakfasts, delicious packed lunches, plenty of snacks, and gourmet dinners with a chance to sample traditional foods such as caribou, ptarmigan and bannock. Responsible Tourism Tourism and film production can be a real boon to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a ‘total approach’ to responsible tourism. Everything, from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Arctic Kingdom as a company, is geared toward making a positive impact on the regions we visit. Arctic Kingdom trips are designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we hire local guides and local drivers, buy local produce (whenever possible), eat local food, and use local services, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economy and the host communities. We are continually reassessing our trips, trying at all times to ensure that they are socially, economically, and environmentally sound.

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2017 EXPEDITION SUMMARY
Trip Length
9 Days/ 8 Nights
2017 Dates
March 21 – 29, March 28 – April 5, April 4 – 12,
2017 Price
USD $11,995 + $599.75 (taxes) from Qikiqtarjuaq, based on double occupancy.
2017 SGL Supplement
x 1.8. Request to share when booking and you won't pay the single supplement.
2017 Air Package
Return flights from Ottawa (YOW) to basecamp USD $3,063 + $398.19 (taxes). As there are a limited number of seats available that 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.
Group Size
8 persons
Location
Near Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada
Prices are quoted in USD.

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