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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Depart Ottawa / Igloolik
Days 2-6 : Wildlife Exploration
Day 7 : Return to Ottawa

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Whale fluke at sunset Quiet observation Twin bergs A polar bear scouting around Kayaking - Arctic Kingdom. Whale fluke A seal pup waves to the camera

Day 1 Depart Ottawa / Igloolik

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.

Day 2-6 Wildlife Exploration

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.

Day 7 Return to Ottawa

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.

Tented Safari Camp

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Please add 5% sales tax from Igloolik/Hall Beach.


  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Camping


  • Internal Flights
    • $3,055 Ottawa - Igloolik/Hall Beach - Ottawa
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights

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  • $500 Gear Rental
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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!
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