Highlights:

  • Experience the exclusivity of true high Arctic in early spring
  • Stay in our Tented Safari Camp, set on approximately 2.5 meters (8 feet) of solid ice (or more)
  • Capture unique and stunning photographs of polar bears, and possibly cubs, as they lounge on sea ice and climb icebergs
  • Take in stunningly vast landscapes and panoramic views of soaring icebergs and mountains
  • Get the chance to experience the Northern Lights at night

AN EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW POLAR BEARS AND ICEBERGS ON BAFFIN ISLAND

Our most adventurous Arctic photo safari brings you into the heart of the high Arctic in early spring, where travellers seldom go. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and soaring icebergs, experience polar bears close-up in undisturbed splendor as they venture on to the sea ice and climb majestic icebergs. Capture memories of a lifetime with possible sightings of mother and cubs, ice bergs and witness the incredible Northern Lights in the evening.

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Trip Details:

  • Price:

    USD $11,995 (+ $599.75 tax) *based on double occupancy

  • Location:

    Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut

  • Length:

    9 days/ 8 nights

  • Dates:

    • March 21 – 29, 2017
    • March 28 – April 5, 2017
    • April 4 – 12, 2017

  • Air Package:

    Flights from Ottawa, ON (YOW) to basecamp round-trip: USD $3,063 (+$398.19 tax)

  • International Gateway:

    Ottawa, ON (YOW)

  • Group Size:

    8

  • Transportation:

    Snowmobile & Qamutik

  • Average Temperature:

    -40°C to -20°C (-40°F to -4°F)

  • Daylight:

    11 hours


Trip Itinerary:

Day 1

Travel to Iqaluit, NU from Ottawa, ON.

From Iqaluit, fly by private charter landing near Qikiqtarjuaq, NU. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Expedition team who will guide you to camp by snowmobile. Settle in to camp, and enjoy a hot orientation dinner with your travel companions and Arctic Kingdom Expedition Team.


Days 2 – 7

A photographer’s paradise!

After a briefing and gear-up, travel by snowmobile and qamutik (traditional Inuit sled) across sea ice and pressure ridges that rise up to 3 meters (10 feet) into the air. Explore the majestic wilderness, as Inuit guides use tradition expertise to locate and help you safely view polar bears, close-up.
Enjoy hot lunches served on the land and gourmet comfort food dinners at camp. View the spectacular Northern Lights at night, conditions permitting.


Day 8

After a hot breakfast, spend the morning capturing a few last memories and photographs. Return to Iqaluit by charter plane after lunch. Transfer to the hotel and join your fellow adventurers for dinner.

Day 9

Enjoy a free morning in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, before transferring to the airport for your flight home.


Accomodations:

Tented Safari Camp on Ice

While they may appear like a tented camp from the outside, our Tented Safari Camp continues to surprise and delight our guests with its roomy and warm interior. Large and spacious, the specially-designed tents for cold weather are tall enough to stand with ample space for all your cameras and luggage.

Features:

  • 2 m (6’ 9”) tall with an interior of 14 m2 (150 ft2).
  • All sleep tents have two beds (cots above the floor)
  • Central dining/lounge area to dine and relax in with other guests
  • Shared washrooms with other guests.

Included:

  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and snacks, 8 dinners
  • Accommodations:
    • 7 nights, Tented Safari Camp on Ice
    • 1 night in a hotel in Iqaluit
  • Arctic Kingdom Expedition Leader and local Inuit guides
  • Transfers in Iqaluit

Not Included:

  • Round-trip flight to basecamp, near Qikiqtarjuaq. Air package sold separately.
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Iqaluit, Qikiqtarjuaq or Ottawa
  • Polar Clothing Rental Package rental strongly encouraged

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