Highlights:

  • Experience the floe edge – also known as the “line of life”
  • If mother nature cooperates, observe the iconic tusked narwhal as they swim and feed near the floe edge
  • Possible viewing opportunities for polar bears, bearded seals, ringed seals, walrus, bowhead whales, and beluga
  • We may visit Bylot Island, a migratory bird sanctuary, which attracts more than 200,000 birds annually**
  • Travel by snowmobile and qamutik to traditional Inuit hunting grounds*
  • Snorkel and kayak while being surrounded by sea ice~
  • Experience the 24-hour daylight of the Midnight Sun in the early Arctic summer
  • Take in stunning panoramic views of cliffs and glaciers
  • Enjoy hot, gourmet meals at our Tented Safari Camp
  • Enjoy tea made of melt-water from hundreds of years old icebergs
  • You may also have a chance to visit evocative ancient Thule sites, where you will see the traditional tent rings and learn about the culture and history of the ancestors of Inuit
  • Transfers to camp can offer an opportunity to take in the breathtaking views which is an epic experience onto itself

 

** For best birding opportunities, consider earlier departures
* Please note that we may encounter Inuit hunters on this safari
~ Certain activities are offered only when conditions permit

A FLOE EDGE EXPERIENCE

Experience the classic spring floe edge where you may have the opportunity to view polar bears, narwhal and icebergs under the Midnight Sun. Travel to the northern reaches of Baffin Island where the sea ice meets the open water, and marine mammals and other wildlife congregate at the floe edge – also known as the “line of life”.

Want to go to the best places in the Arctic for narwhal watching with added polar bear viewing? Enjoy an experience with dramatic landscapes and icebergs of Sirmilik National Park, and possibly wildlife. Revel in the stunning landscapes of towering granite cliffs, glaciers and icebergs at our Premium Safari Camp set on an Arctic beach with stunning views of Bylot Island, and access to Sirmilik National Park and the world-renowned floe edge of Lancaster Sound.

Guided by Inuit and travelling in small groups, journey to the floe edge for days of discovery, possible narwhal watching and the chance to see a variety of seabirds, polar bears, seals and possibly beluga and bowhead whales.

Perfect for families, first-time visitors to the Arctic, and also professional photographers looking for the ultimate floe edge experience, watching narwhal, and chance to see polar bears in the wild.

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Trip Details:

  • Price:

    From CAD $19,719 (including tax)
    approx. USD $15,775
    *per person, based on double occupancy

  • Location:

    Eclipse Sound, Pond Inlet, Nunavut

  • Length:

    8 days/ 7 nights

  • Air Package:

    Flights from Ottawa, ON (YOW) to Pond Inlet, NU (YIO) Included for 2020

  • International Gateway:

    Ottawa, ON (YOW)

  • Group Size:

    16

    Camp Capacity: 16

  • Transportation:

    Snowmobiles & qamutiks

  • Average Temperature:

    -2°C to +10°C (+28°F to +50°F)

  • Daylight:

    24 hours

Dates:

May 14 – May 21
May 21 – May 28
May 28 – June 4
June 4 – June 11
June 11 – June 18

Learn more about these seasons & ice conditions.


Trip 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 Pond Inlet, you will be welcomed by our local Arctic Kingdom representative and transferred to a local hotel. Meet your Expedition Leader for a trip briefing and hot dinner. Overnight in hotel.

Days 2

After breakfast, an orientation from Parks Canada, meet your guides on the beach in preparation for your departure to our camp on Eclipse Sound. Travelling to our Arctic Safari Camp by qamutik (a traditional Inuit wooden sled with suspension or foam padded seats pulled behind a snowmobile), 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.

 

Day 3-6

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. Enjoy your final night in Pond Inlet with a special Inuit cultural presentation. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8

Depart for Ottawa with the spirit of the Arctic, and a full album of memories and friendships.

 


Accommodations:

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:

  • Round-trip flights Ottawa to Pond Inlet
  • Services of Inuit Guides and Arctic Kingdom expedition staff
  • Accommodations:
    • 2 nights in Pond Inlet hotel
    • 5 nights in Tented Safari Camp on ice
  • All transportation for duration of stay in camp
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and snacks, 7 dinners
  • Use of kayaks
  • Drysuit, mask, fins, hood, gloves for snorkelling
  • Return transfers in Pond Inlet

Not Included:

  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance, cancellation insurance. Evacuation insurance is mandatory and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended as any additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa are not included
  • Polar Clothing Rental Package - strongly encouraged

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