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Join Jill Heinerth on Narwhal & Polar Bear Floe Edge Safari

8 Days / 7 Nights | May 15-22 and 22-29, 2020

Witness the migration of narwhal and beluga at the floe edge, spot majestic polar bears, and experience the magnificence of the last vast wilderness on Earth: the Canadian Arctic. 

Enjoy an experience with aerial views of dramatic landscapes and icebergs in Canada's High Arctic. Guided by Inuit and travelling in small groups from our Tented Safari Camp, journey to the floe edge for full days of discovery and chances to see iconic wildlife.

Jill Heinerth invites you to join her on this exquisite adventure in Canada’s High Arctic

With more than 30 years of filming and exploration projects with National Geographic, NOAA and several educational institutions, Jill has travelled to such remote locations that more people have walked on the moon than visited these places. She has been recognized with Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the highest honour for divers, the NOGI from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Science. Jill looks forward to sharing her stories and lessons with you on this exciting Arctic safari.

Trip Details

PRICE PER PERSON: CAD $19,717* | Dive Safari: CAD $22,342

AIR PACKAGE: Flights from Ottawa, ON to Pond Inlet, NU included

LOCATION: Eclipse Sound, Pond Inlet, Nunavut

LENGTH: 8 days / 7 nights

DATES: May 15 – 22 and May 22 – 29, 2020

GROUP SIZE: 16, Camp Capacity: 16

ACCOMMODATION: Tented Safari Camp on Ice

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: -2°C to +10°C (+28°F to +50°F)

DAYLIGHT: 24 hours

*price based on double occupancy, Tented Safari Yurt. A Family Tent, for a family of four, is also available on this trip. Call for details.

Itinerary

Our Narwhal and Polar Bear – A Floe Edge Safari is the perfect adventure for first-time visitors to the Arctic as well as seasoned Arctic travellers. It is suitable for adults and families, and amateur or professional naturalists and photographers. This Arctic tour offers an excellent opportunity for a chance of viewing narwhal and photographing other Arctic wildlife, including polar bears, seals and a variety of bird species, as well as spectacular landscapes.

The vast expanses, seemingly-endless skies, and tranquillity of the Arctic, and our small group program allows for a serene and unhurried experience of the Arctic. Relax with the freedom to linger and watch or photograph the magnificent Arctic scenes around you or simply discover the beauty and wonder of the Arctic’s floe edge.

 

Day 1

Upon landing in Iqaluit, you will be required to leave the secure gated area of the airport terminal to reach the gate where you will continue your travel to Pond Inlet. After arriving in Pond Inlet, you will be welcomed by your Expedition Leader and transferred to Parks Canada for an orientation. Then meet your Inuit guides and travel to our Arctic Safari Camp by qamutik (a traditional Inuit wooden sled with suspension or foam padded seats pulled behind a snowmobile), where you will experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice. The journey’s time will vary depending on ice conditions but will include tea and coffee stops. Our Arctic Safari Camp will be set up a few kilometres back from the floe edge.

*NOTE: Please prepare and hold onto a day pack with warm clothes for travelling to the Arctic Safari Camp because luggage will be inaccessible until arriving at the Camp

Days 2-6

During the next few days, our excursions will include trips out to the floe edge to look for wildlife. Enjoy the mild spring weather and engage in a variety of activities at the floe edge. Snorkel and kayak amongst sea ice when conditions permit.

One of the greatest highlights for many guests on this safari is the opportunity to observe a variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. Migratory birds are also in abundance and with the stillness of the Arctic, you are able to hear the songs of the birds before you even see them. Ice conditions permitting, you may also visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where more than 200,000 birds choose to nest each year. For birders, the earlier departures are best for this activity.

Day 7

After breakfast, depart camp by qamutik and snowmobile to Pond Inlet. Fly from Pond Inlet to Iqaluit and spend your final night at the Frobisher Inn. Enjoy dinner, followed by a special Inuit cultural show.

Day 8

After breakfast, there will be an optional town tour or explore Iqaluit on your own. Then depart for Ottawa with the spirit of the Arctic, and a full photo album of memories and friendships.

 

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