Join a journey onto and beyond the ice floe edge concentrating on two giants of the Arctic: walrus and Bowhead whales. This is a journey of amazing panoramas. Whether you’re facing 100 walrus, reflecting on the beauty of an absolutely mirror-calm ocean, staring up mountains of ice, or watching for animals along the tundra, there are countless unforgettable scenes. Some are so lucky as to connect with the animals and peer into the eye of a passing Bowhead or directly into the eyes of a polar bear swimming by your boat.
Day 1 : Depart Ottawa / Igloolik Days 2-6 : Wildlife Exploration Day 7 : Return to Ottawa
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut and the gateway to Nunavut. From there take another flight to Igloolik, the oldest Inuit settlement in Canada. Meet for an orientation talk and equipment check. Depart on a 30 min to 1 hour trip to camp via snowmobiles and qamuitk, a traditional Inuit wooden sled. After unloading your equipment, settle into your tents and meet for a hot meal. Your Expedition Leader will explain the itinerary for the following day.
The next five days vary completely based upon weather, interests and animal movements. For example, one day may include traveling by boat far out into the Foxe Basin where you may come upon bowhead whales or large floating islands of ice covered with walrus as well as harp, bearded, and ring seals. Quietly watch these enormous animals and take photographs from both the ice and boat. Be on the lookout for polar bears swimming in the waters, hunting for seals or walrus, or lounging on the ice pans. Enjoy picnics on the floating ice and excursions on the land and ice closer to camp, taking time to visit nearby Dorset and Thule ruins and learn about traditional and modern-day Inuit life. Admire the vibrant Arctic wildflowers and wide variety of birds that migrate to the islands during the summer months.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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.