Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari Overview
Experience the classic spring floe edge while viewing narwhals, polar bears, and icebergs, and enjoy kayaking and snorkelling under the Midnight Sun.
Out on the floe edge of Baffin Island, surrounded by rugged mountains and stunning glaciers, our Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari will take you on an Arctic adventure like no other. Dramatic landscapes and the midnight sun welcome you to experience the beauty of the Canadian Arctic, 700 km north of the Arctic Circle, as wildlife returns to this picturesque region and fascinating eco-system where Arctic wildlife thrives.
This exhilarating narwhal and polar bear tour will take you to the northern reaches of Nunavut when the sea ice is melting back and marine mammals along with other Arctic wildlife can be found travelling north along the floe edge where food is concentrated. Pods of narwhal can be spotted resting only metres from the edge while an incredible variety of sea birds, including thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, guillemots, and ivory gulls, fly overhead. Polar bears and seals may also be spotted at times out in the sea water or resting on ice packs. If we are lucky, we may also get to observe bowhead whales and beluga that also frequent the area.
Nestled between the majestic mountains of Baffin Island and Bylot Island, our Arctic Safari Camp provides a comfortable home-away-from-home and a perfect respite after an exciting day spent out on the floe edge. Located just outside of Sirmilik National Park, (which means “place of glaciers”) near Pond Inlet, our camp enjoys a striking backdrop of towering granite cliffs and glistening glaciers.
Each day we will travel by snowmobile and qamutik (an Inuit sled pulled by snowmobile) to the floe edge for full days of discovery. Hiking on the land, watching icicles break off of cobalt-blue glaciers, gazing up at thousands of birds flying over the nearby cliffs, and drinking refreshing glacial melt-water are just a few of the unique activities you will experience on our Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari. Our local Inuit guides will also share stories and explain the traditional ways of Inuit life for a full Arctic immersion.
Those who are more adventurous may also wish to take part in a snorkelling option to attempt to swim with the narwhal if conditions present themselves. These inquisitive whales often curiously approach snorkellers, swimming to within 3 metres underneath. While on their backs they may take a quick look, as if almost saying “hello”, and then circle below and away – an exhilarating and unforgettable moment for those who get to experience it!
Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari Highlights
- Observe the tusked narwhal, from pods of one to hundreds, while they rest and feed just metres from the floe edge.
- Possible viewing opportunities for polar bears, harp seals, bearded seals, ring seals, bowhead whales, and beluga.
- Visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which attracts over 200,000 birds.
- Journey by snowmobile and qamutik to traditional Inuit hunting grounds.
- Enjoy tea made of melt-water from hundreds of years old icebergs.
- Snorkel and kayak amongst the sea ice, with the possible presence of whales.
- Experience the 24 hour daylight of the Midnight Sun in the height of Arctic summer.