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 : 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
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.
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.
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.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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.