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Imagine yourself under the vast and silent skies of the high Arctic with the midnight sun bathing passing icebergs in a warm glow as narwhal whales pass by. Settle into a safari-style ice camp, the only one of its kind, and enter into a world even more unlike anything you can ever have imagined. Prepare to have the dive experience of a lifetime surrounded by icebergs, drifting pack ice, seal holes, ice floe cracks, and Arctic sea floor. From amazing ice formations, to the wildlife that you can encounter above and below water, you feel that that days dives were the best of your life, but you can do an even better dive the next day!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Depart Ottawa | Pond Inlet
Day 2 : Travel to basecamp
Days 3-6 : Diving the Arctic
Day 7 : Return to Pond Inlet | Fly to Iqaluit
Day 8 : Fly to Ottawa | Return home


  • Travel to Bylot Island by snowmobile and qamutik (traditional Inuit sled)
  • Experience a program of progressive dives in the Arctic's unique underwater
  • See narwhals, bowhead & polar bears on the prowl & seals sunning themselves
  • Stay in a safari-style base camp and watch for icebergs and 'bergy bits'

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  • Small Group

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Day 1 Depart Ottawa | Pond Inlet

Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit in the morning. Change planes in Iqaluit, departing to continue onto Pond Inlet. Upon landing at Pond Inlet, meet your local coordinator and transfer to a comfortable hotel. During dinner, receive a briefing and gear check. The evening is yours to relax, enjoy and explore Pond Inlet, and the not-too-distant mountains of Bylot Island under the midnight sun.

Day 2 Travel to basecamp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, meet your guides on the beach (yes, there are sand beaches in the Arctic!) and depart for southeast Bylot Island and the floe-edge where ice meets open water. Travel Inuit style by qamutik (kam-oo-tik - a traditional Inuit sled) and snowmobile across the sea-ice to southeast Bylot Island. This journey of 3-6 hours may include tea stops at historic grave sites, hanging glaciers, hunting cabins, and an abandoned whaling station. In the late afternoon arrive at base camp, set up just back from the ice edge (conditions permitting).

Day 3-6 Diving the Arctic

  • Hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Revel in some of the best diving you ever experience. Following a program of progressive dives, enjoy new experiences every day as you become more comfortable with this unique underwater environment. Explore the Arctic sea floor and discover urchins, starfish, and glittering jellyfish. Witness the surreal world of blue and turquoise juxtaposed with the black depths below. This is a photographer’s paradise.

Above the water and on land, experience other spectacular scenes and exciting adventures. Expect to see icebergs, ‘bergy-bits’, and drifting pack ice with playful seals poking their heads up out of the water to look directly at you. On the floe-edge, the likelihood is high that you see narwhals, bowhead whales, polar bears on the prowl for seals sunning themselves, and possibly walrus and beluga whales.

Bylot Island’s uplands are home to arctic foxes and hares, weasels, collared lemmings, snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, and gyrfalcons. Migratory birds can also be seen in abundance. Pure white ivory gulls, gaudy king eider ducks, low-flying northern fulmars, thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, and greater snow geese (kanguq) are just a few of the bird species known to frequent the area. Track land mammals, visit ancient Thule sites, learn about the history of the area, and enjoy unhurried observation and photography.

Day 7 Return to Pond Inlet | Fly to Iqaluit

After breakfast, depart camp and reload the qamutiks for your return journey to Pond Inlet. Stop at a 100-meter stepped waterfall for tea made with the glacier run off. Once again cross about 90km of sea ice by snowmobile, led by your Inuit guides. Lunch in Pond Inlet, where you can change from your expedition clothing to your travel clothing.

If you purchased the flight package from Ottawa to Pond Inlet and back, transfer to the airport for the flight to Iqaluit, where you spend the night at a hotel. The accommodation in Iqaluit is included in the trip package price.

Day 8 Fly to Ottawa | Return home

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel. If you have purchased the optional flight package, transfer to the Iqaluit Airport for your morning flight to Ottawa.


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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 5 Nights Camping
  • 8 Days Private Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Dive equipment including tanks, pony bottles, weights, weight belt, harness, dive regulators, all ice dive safety equipment, and remote DAN O2 kit (Drysuit and personal dive equipment may be available upon request).
    • Unlimited use of kayaks
  • Services of Inuit guides, expedition staff, and Dive Supervisor
  • All land transportation for duration of trip
  • Roundtrip airport transportation in Pond Inlet


  • Internal Flights
    • $3,575 Ottawa - Pond Inlet - Ottawa
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
  • Return flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa
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