Journey on an ultimate scenic and wildlife safari to witness the migratory patterns of some of the most exceptional animals the Arctic has to offer, including the mystical narwhal and beluga. Join this small group adventure of up to 14 persons consisting of high end safari-style ice camping deep in polar bear country to primarily observe the natural wonders of the annual spring migration.
Day 1 : Ottawa to Arctic Bay Days 2-6 : Journey to the Floe Edge Day 7 : Return to Iqaluit Day 8 : Return home
View beluga, bowhead, and narwhals at the floe edge
Hike the Arctic landscape past icebergs and overlying vistas
Watch polar bears hunt for seals and wander through the pack ice
Take advantage of kayaking and snorkeling options offered
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit by jet. Transfer planes for a late evening arrival in Arctic Bay. The flight alone is spectacular as you fly over vast expanses of ice, deep valleys, fjords, and mountains. Upon arrival, meet your trip leader at the Nanisivik airport just outside of Arctic Bay. A welcome dinner at the hotel and introduction to the other team members is held. Travel by snowmobile and qamutik (a traditional Inuit sled) to your safari-inspired base camp, resting on the sea ice a short distance back from the floe edge, and experience first-hand how the Inuit travel to their summer camps.
Make your way along the spectacular red-hued St. George Cliffs that tower thousands of feet vertically above your head and admire the vast panoramas of the Arctic. Pass by bird cliffs, home to many species of nesting birds such as black-billed murres, kittiwakes, and more. Upon arrival at base camp, be welcomed by the rest of the team with delicious hors d’oeuvres and warm drinks prepared by professional chefs. After settling into your spacious quarters feel free to wander and absorb the incredible mountains, ice, and picturesque scenery that surrounds you.
Experience the beauty and wonder of the floe edge. The time of year provides a perfect opportunity to observe the annual migrations of narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales, and makes for an excellent season of Arctic whale watching. Admire the grace of the narwhal and delight at the sight of belugas who appear to always be smiling as they glide through the tranquil waters. Bowhead whales may also make an exciting appearance as they spy-hop and splash back down into the water just meters away.
You may also opt for a more exciting and up-close and personal encounter with these majestic sea creatures by kayaking and snorkeling amongst them. After donning your dry suit, enter the exhilarating waters and experience some of the most magical moments of your life as whales swim beneath you.
Enjoy short hikes overland to towering icebergs and experience the dramatic, silent panoramas unfolding to the horizon. Be dazzled by the impressive ice formations and glistening icicles that dip into turquoise blue melt-water pools and then take a break with some warm tea made from fresh chunks of 1000-year-old ice. You may spot polar bear tracks and follow them for a chance to observe them prowling for prey from a safe distance.
Day 7 Return to Iqaluit
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast depart the Floe Edge camp via snowmobile and qamutik bound for Victor Bay with an arrival in the late afternoon. Once here, you can settle in for the night at the Victor Bay camp, similar to the Floe Edge camp. Enjoy a nice dinner and a wonderful cultural performance by Throat Singers in the evening before heading to bed for the night.
Day 8 Return home
Wake up in the early morning and transfer from Victor Bay camp to a hotel for a hot breakfast. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ottawa.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.