Arrive in Goose Bay Labrador, Canada where you will be met by an Arctic Land Tour greeter and a town host. Overnight in Goose Bay. (D)
Day 2 Torngat Mountain Base Camp
Board the private plane for the Torngat Mountain base camp. Fly literally over hundreds of islands, deep fiords, inlets and watch as the dense pine forests surrounding Goose Bay become thinner and more sparse until finally, you are over the tree line. Your final approach will swoop over the Torngat Mountains and land at the Saglek Fiord airstrip. Transfer to a waiting boat and head down the Saglek Fiord to the Basecamp Lodge that is nestled at the foot of the Torngat Mountains surrounded by flat Tundra, and wild rivers. Settle into your Arctic Safari yurt style accommodations complete with duvets, pillows and blankets. Enjoy a welcome BBQ at the beach and bonfire at night under the brightest stars you will ever see (as some previously guests have said!) (B/L/D)
Day 3-8 Wildlife Observation Day Trips
The Torngat Mountains have one of the most thriving polar bear populations in the world. Black bears also patrol this territory – which makes this the only place in the world where black bears and polar bears co-exist. Explore the fiords in search of the Polar Bears and Black bears. You should also have a chance to see Caribou Wolf Arctic Fox, and of course, the ever plentiful seals – such as the Bearded, Harbour and Ring seals.
The basecamp has a helicopter on site allowing guests to take a 15-min helicopter tour over the highest peaks of the Torngat Mountains. Touch down anywhere giving you the option to hike a few hours over the tundra, through willows and over grassy fields and bright flowers back to the basecamp – or take the helicopter directly back to basecamp.
Explore historical Inuit sites by boat - Inuit ancestors have travelled throughout the area for more than 5,000 years. “Torngat” comes from the Inuit word torngait which means “place of spirits.” During the week, keep an eye out for Polar Bears and other wildlife while visiting ancient sites that were home to the Inuit in earlier times such as Hebron (the site of an abandoned Inuit village complete with remnants of buildings and a restored missionary church) and Sallikuluk (Rose Island). These trips will be conducted with the Nunatsiuvut Inuit, Parks Canada guides, and arctic researchers where you can have the opportunity to observe and possibly participate in arctic research ‘in action’.
Take the kayaks out - both doubles and single kayaks - down spectacular fjords where the Inuit ancestors have camped and walked before. Stop for lunch to listen to the Inuit tell ancient stories and legends of the area as you sip on hot tea and eat hot food that has been prepared over an open fire.
Along with bear guards hike the spectacular valley, full of blooming flowers and braided streams. Chances of an inland polar bear encounter is rare, but precautions are taken nonetheless. A helicopter heli-hike will also be done. Why not try to hike to the top of the 1000 foot high mountain in behind the Base Camp to reward yourself with sweeping panoramic views of the Torngat Mountains. (B/L/D)
Day 9 Return to Goose Bay / Return Home
This morning you will board a private plane for return flight to Goose Bay. Return flight to Halifax, NS and on to home destination. An overnight in Halifax at hotel of your choice is recommended. (B)
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