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Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

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Spend a week at this unique Canadian Arctic Wilderness Lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site. Situated 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers fully-guided opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and exploring the Arctic tundra in all-terrain vehicles. Observe muskox, polar bears, plus more wildlife in their natural habitat while enjoying comfortable accommodations and superb food, all accessible within a short flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Day 2 : Fly to Arctic Lodge
Day 3 : Arctic Watch Lodge - Somerset Island, Nunavut
Day 4 : Kayak Cunningham Inlet
Day 5 : Somerset Island Canyons
Day 6 : Raft Cunningham River
Day 7 : Depart Arctic Watch Lodge
Day 8 : Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Highlights

  • Hike to Kayak Falls for stunning views of the Northwest Passage
  • Watch and listen for beluga whales from the shores of the estuary
  • Explore the Canadian Arctic landscape by ATV
  • Kayak around Cunningham Inlet and watch for a variety of sealife

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Take a ATV ride across the Arctic tundra at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge A beluga whale breaks the surface by Arctic Watch Hike the pristine scenery at Arctic Watch View herds of muskox during your stay at Arctic Watch Muskox on the Arctic tundra A beluga whale at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge Rafting at Arctic Watch Enjoy great fishing during your stay at Arctic Watch

Day 1 Arrive in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

  • 1 Dinner
Spend the first night of your journey with an included night in Yellowknife meeting your fellow travelers.

Day 2 Fly to Arctic Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the hangar in Yellowknife early in the morning and board a comfortable and privately chartered plane to Arctic Watch. This 4-hour flight passes over the vast and changing landscape as you fly 1,000 miles across trees and the impressive holes in the earth dug for the Diavik mine. The flight stops in Cambridge Bay to refuel. In the afternoon, land on a private airstrip next to Arctic Watch on Somerset Island. Take a short walk across the tundra and an even shorter raft ride across the Cunningham River before arriving at the lodge. Settle into your cabin before enjoying dinner in the lodge’s cozy dining room.

Day 3 Arctic Watch Lodge - Somerset Island, Nunavut

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Following breakfast, attend a hands-on introduction to driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which are easy and fun to drive. The ride takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on your preference. Take a short-distance hike to the Cunningham River estuary to watch beluga whales frolic in the shallow water. In the afternoon, hike to Triple Waterfalls, a five-story torrent of free-falling water. View nesting peregrine falcons, loons, snow buntings, sandpipers, and rough-legged hawks. Explore the canyon and hope for an encounter with a muskox. The evening is yours for self-exploration. Relax in the library or visit the interpretive center, which contains local fossils, skeletal remains of Arctic fauna, and a collection of traditional Inuit skin clothing from Canada, Greenland, and Siberia.

Day 4 Kayak Cunningham Inlet

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, kayak in the Arctic’s Cunningham Inlet. All equipment and basic instructions are provided. Paddle among icebergs, ring seals, and bearded seals, keeping a sharp eye out for beluga whales. Enjoy lunch along the shoreline and take a small hike to explore a local canyon, aptly named “Kayak Falls.” Take in the stunning views of the Northwest Passage and hope to see polar bears. This kayaking trip lasts between 30 minutes and 4 hours, depending on your preference. In the afternoon, return to the Cunningham River estuary to watch the beluga whales. The area is known for its beluga encounters. Guests can stand along the river banks as the whales frolic in the shallow water. To better appreciate the underwater calls, a hydrophone (underwater microphone) is used. In the evening, attend a lecture on beluga research.

Day 5 Somerset Island Canyons

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Following breakfast, cross the Cunningham River delta for a trip to Flatrock Falls. View the stunning Somerset Island canyons, which were formed as the result of shifting fault lines. Their most vertical walls vary in height from 200 to 1,000 feet. Millions of fossils of prehistoric plants and animals litter the ground. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the flat rocks that surround the canyon, then travel to Gull Canyon to see the striking biological contrasts between barren canyon and lush gull rookery. In the evening, attend a lecture by Arctic Watch’s house scientist.

Day 6 Raft Cunningham River

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the day either rafting or kayaking on the Cunningham River. Typically, the final 3.7 miles of this trip requires a hike through the Badlands which passes the skeletal remains of two bowhead whales, dated at eight thousand years ago. The trip includes encounters with muskox, snow geese, jaegers, Arctic fox, sandpipers, and rough-legged hawks. Savor a picnic lunch on the beach beside the river before either taking a kayak or raft back to the lodge. The river is swift-flowing, crystal-clear water and doesn’t have any difficult sections or rapids. Travelers can expect to be on the water for 2-3 hours. In the evening, enjoy a final dinner celebration at the Arctic Watch Lodge.

Day 7 Depart Arctic Watch Lodge

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bid a fond farewell to the lodge team and the High Arctic. You may have time to take advantage of one last activity before leaving on the charter flight. In the late afternoon, the plane arrives for the return flight back to Yellowknife. Upon arrival in Yellowknife transfer to the included hotel.

Day 8 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in the Yellowknife area.

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Please add 5% GST for Canadians and 2.5% for non-Canadians, from Yellowknife, NT, Canada. Any two consecutive weeks for $11,990 per person plus 5% GST

Please add $1,690 for the mandatory two-night transfer package from Yellowknife, including: *Pre-expedition hotel night in Yellowknife and breakfast *Group transfer to and from charter flight to Arctic Watch lodge *Charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch lodge (return)*Group transfers to and from hotel to Charter flight *Post-expedition hotel night in Yellowknife and breakfast.

We recommend purchasing a pair of Muck Boots for your trip to Arctic Watch.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 5 Nights Lodge
  • 8 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
  • Arctic Watch Activities

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $895 Optional Excursions
    • Beechey Island Excursion
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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