Kings of the Arctic: Polar Bears, Whales and Walrus Safari

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Polar bear and Arctic fox
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This is what I call sledding!
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Flocking together
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Quiet observation
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A good looking fellow
Discover the majesty of rare Arctic animals and the beauty of polar landscapes while boating through Foxe Basin around the island of Igloolik. Spend days out on the Arctic Ocean, under the glow of a midnight sun, taking in the sights and sounds of this stunning region. As the ice begins to thaw during the summer months, Foxe Basin makes for a perfect home for huge pods of walrus. A few endangered bowhead whales may also appear during a pause before migrating through Fury and Hecla Strait. Polar bears also frequent the area.

Igloolik is home to the oldest and most traditional Inuit community in Nunavut, making this region not only naturally captivating but historically significant as well. When not in boats observing marine mammals, enjoy hikes around the island, admiring and learning about the local flora as well as the many bird species that visit the area. Enjoy excursions to ancient Dorset and Thule archaeological sites to discover the fascinating history and culture of the Inuit.

Day 1

Ottowa to Igloolik

This safari starts in Igloolik, Nunavut. If you purchase the optional flight package, depart Ottawa for Iqaluit and then connect with your flight to Igloolik, the oldest Inuit settlement in Canada. Upon arrival in Igloolik, meet your expedition leader and group members and transfer to camp. After a brief orientation talk and equipment check, set off on a 30 to 60 minute trip to camp via snowmobiles and qamutik, a traditional Inuit wooden freight sled. After unloading your equipment, settle into your tent and meet for a hot meal followed by an itinerary briefing by your expedition leader.

Days 2-6

  • Hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Floe Edge and Foxe Basin

The next few days will vary depending on weather and the movements of Arctic animals. Your first visit to the floe edge allows you to familiarize yourself with this fascinating environment. Enjoy daily boat rides on the Arctic Ocean in search of bowheads and walrus that can be found in this area in countless numbers. You may see the enormous walrus in piles on ice or bowheads spy-hopping as you cruise past. Sit back, relax, and breathe in the fresh air while admiring the awe-inspiring sights or take advantage of excellent photographic opportunities.

As you make your way further into the Foxe Basin across tranquil waters, come upon large floating islands of ice platforms for sunning walrus and a variety of seals – harp, bearded and ring. Be on the lookout for polar bears swimming in the waters or hunting for seals. You may even catch them lounging on ice pans. The bright sun reflecting off the crystal-clear, flat water is an enthralling part of a perfect Arctic summer day.

Delight in excursions on the island to discover both ancient and modern-day Inuit settlements. Also have a chance to admire the vibrant Arctic wildflowers and the wide variety of birds that migrate to the islands during the summer months.

Day 7

  • Breakfast

Return to Iqaluit / Ottawa

Pack up your gear and return to Igloolik, where the safari ends. If you purchased the optional flight package, transfer to the afternoon flight to Iqaluit and on to Ottawa. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the early evening.

Tour Cost
Internal Flights (Ottawa - Igoolik - Ottawa)
Flight cost is subject to change
Total Cost (USD)


$4,796 single supplement

Please add 5% sales tax from Igloolik.


  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Camping
  • Gear Rental
    • Snorkeling equipment
  • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff
  • All day trips by land or boat
  • Round-trip Igloolik airport transportation


  • International Flights
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Igloolik, Iqaluit or Ottawa