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Great Migrations of the Northwest Passage

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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrival Arctic Bay
Day 2 : Journey to the Floe Edge
Days 3-7 : Floe Edge
Day 8 : Return to Iqaluit
Day 9 : Flight to Pond Inlet


  • 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

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Trip Type

  • Small Group

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Day 1 Arrival Arctic Bay

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.  

Day 2 Journey to the Floe Edge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, travel by snowmobile and qamutik (traditional Inuit sled) to base camp near the floe edge. Settle into camp and take in the incredible mountains, icescapes and picturesque scenery that surrounds you.

Day 3-7 Floe Edge

  • Hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
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 8 Return to Iqaluit

Depart camp and travel to the Arctic Bay airport. Fly by charter plane to Iqaluit and spend the night at a hotel.

Day 9 Flight to Pond Inlet

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, be picked up for the transfer to the Iqaluit Airport. There meet the Narwhal and Polar Bear guests and board your flight to Pond Inlet.

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 6 Nights Camping
  • 8 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Drysuit, mask, fins, hood, gloves for snorkeling.
    • Unlimited use of kayaks
  • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff
  • Roundtrip airport transportation in Arctic Bay
  • All transportation for duration of trip


  • Internal Flights
    • $5,280 Ottawa - Arctic Bay - Ottawa
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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