Baffin Island Dive Safari Overview
Experience the dive of your life as you dive under the floe edge and amongst icebergs and drifting ice packs in the enthralling Arctic Ocean.
Imagine yourself under the vast and silent skies of the high Arctic with the midnight sun bathing passing icebergs in a warm glow as narwhal pass by. This is the ultimate Arctic diving experience!
Enter a world unlike anything you have ever imagined. Icebergs, drifting pack ice, seal holes, ice floe cracks, and the Arctic sea floor offer a variety of exceptional Arctic diving opportunities that never cease to amaze. The intriguing ice formations along with the fascinating wildlife you may encounter both above and below water will leave you feeling exhilarated and surprised that with each passing day, your dive only gets better. Then, after a full day of excellent Arctic diving, retreat to our safari-style ice camp, which rests almost within arm’s reach of the water.
Nestled between the majestic mountains of north Baffin Island and Bylot Island near Sirmilik National Park, you’ll encounter the abundant wildlife that congregates along the ice floe edge. The spring floe edge is a fascinating eco-system where wildlife thrives. During this time of year you may have a chance to see pods of narwhal resting only metres from the edge, their misty breath sparkling in the 24 hour sun. In addition, you’ll have a good chance of seeing polar bears, a variety of species of seals, an incredible variety of sea birds including thick billed murre, kittiwake, guillemot, and ivory gull, along with many other species of gull. Bowhead and beluga whales also frequent this area.
Arctic Kingdom has been leading scuba diving trips throughout the Arctic since 1999 and remains the ONLY dive operator in the Arctic. We are committed to making the Arctic an accessible diving destination. We are cold water experts and even if you are not, we can help you become comfortable in the Arctic waters and truly enjoy some of the most incredible diving you’ll ever experience in your life. The Baffin Island Dive Safari is based in one of our favourite dive locations due to its variety of dives and the variety of wildlife we can encounter.
What Diving Certifications do I need?
If you have your Advanced Diving certification, you are good to go. Having your Drysuit certification is highly recommended.
Your dives will start off fairly simple in an open water environment off the floe edge (where the immovable sea ice we travel on by snowmobiles meets the open water of the Davis Strait). The ice at the floe edge is typically anywhere from 6 to 8 feet thick. We will inspect your equipment and ensure all of your dive equipment is functioning correctly and you are weighted for neutral buoyancy. Diving in salt water with a drysuit will require more weight than you are normally accustomed to, so the first day will be in open water, off of the floe edge and close to shore where you can dive on the Arctic sea floor. Each dive will progressively build on the previous dive. From open water off the floe edge we may try to dive in some jumbled pack ice – remaining in non-overhead to a semi-overhead environment.
As we evaluate your diving comfort, we will attempt to dive in an overhead environment, perhaps through a seal hole, or through a crack in the sea ice, or maybe even under the floe edge on a line. Finally, the pinnacle of the dive, if conditions allow (i.e. an iceberg needs to be present and safe entry/exit point such as a crack or meltwater pool needs to be available), will be on a grounded iceberg.
- Dive in the most incredible ice formations found anywhere on the planet – pack ice, cracks, and Arctic sea floor.
- View a vast array of wildlife at the floe edge during their annual migration, including narwhal, bowhead whales, and polar bears.
- Settle into a high-end safari-style tented base camp on the sea ice.
- Touch and climb icebergs or even drink from glacier melt-water as it flows into the sea.
- Visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which attracts over 20,000 birds (ice conditions permitting).
- Enjoy tea made of melt-water from hundreds of year-old icebergs.
Rebreather divers welcome!
We are rebreather specialized and can supply all the oxygen and sofnolime that you require for your dives.