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.
Pack up your gear and travel back to Igloolik for an afternoon departure for Iqaluit and then on to Ottawa. Arrive in Ottawa in the early evening.
Please add 5% sales tax from Igloolik/Hall Beach.