Arctic Reflections: Adventures in Yoga & Wildlife« All Arctic Tours by Land cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Custom Base Camp Accommodations|
|Aug 10 '13
|Please note: rates are based on current exchange rate (CAD/USD). Please contact us for exact quote in US dollars.
Internal Flight package: $2499 CAD
These itineraries are not based off of a small ship, but rather are land-based explorations of the Arctic. Accommodations are in luxury custom-built base camps.
Important Pricing Notice:
Rates based on current exchange rate Canadian Dollars (CAD) to US Dollars and do not include tax (varies by itinerary but generally 5%). Please contact us for current exchange rates.
Day 1 Ottawa to Qikiqtarjuaq
Depart Ottawa at this morning and head north to Qikiqtarjuaq which is on the southeastern coastline of Baffin Island and formerly known as Broughton Island. From Qikiqtarjuaq board your waiting boat and travel through the many islands and stunning coastline of Baffin Island towards our summer base camp set outside one of Canada’s most stunning areas - Auyuittuq National Park. It is here, in the comfort of Arctic Kingdom’s safari-style base camp – complete with a spa tub, that you will enjoy the long days of the Arctic Summer and seemingly “all night sunsets”.
Days 2-6 Reflections, Yoga & Wildlife Adventures
From the pebble beach base camp you will experience the true essence of the Arctic summer. The sun’s magnificence is a powerful force for nature as well as humans. The timeless teachings of yoga reflect upon this power and you will be invited each morning and evening to spend time with Elizabeth Clarke, a yoga teacher, saluting the sun through a yoga practice. A relaxed and comfortable environment ensues for beginners, as well as those experienced with yoga. The sanctuary of the summertime Arctic may bring your body and mind to a stillness of consciousness, a retreat from the constant pressures of western living.
The remainder of the day will be at nature’s discretion. Experienced and professional Inuit guides will lead you on breathtaking hikes of vast and daunting landscapes. It is in these calm and serene vistas where one hopes to encounter arctic hares, fox and perhaps even a polar bear. Birds of immense beauty soar above both land and water waiting to be captured in your imagination. Marvel at ancient Thule and Dorset tent rings used hundreds or perhaps thousands of years ago while you picnic and listen to the cultural stories of the Inuit people.
The speckled icebergs and waters of the Arctic Ocean also beckon to be explored by kayak or dry-suit snorkeling. Gentle Bowhead whales may chance by for a brief connection. Arctic Char teams in the sparkling river alongside the camp for those who wish to test their fishing skills.
Spiritually these sights will nourish your personal connection between nature and your being. To help nourish the physical body, natural whole foods will be thoughtfully prepared. All the menus have been planned with the expert guidance of a holistic nutritionist and executed through the skills of a professional chef. Rich in vitamins and minerals, the natural whole food meals shall be presented as a tool for health, a chance to rejuvenate your bodily systems. For those who wish to broaden their knowledge on the role nutrition plays in building, cleansing and maintaining a strong and healthy body, casual and educational seminars on healthy eating will be offered each day by the nutritionist. Let Elizabeth explain the history and natural goodness found in the blueberries you picked that very day. (Yes! There is fresh fruit in the Arctic!)
Impromptu pilates and stability ball exercise classes will be offered at various times during the week - develop your core while being energized by nature’s offerings. In the evening, before retiring to your down-filled mattress, enjoy the purity of the Arctic air while relaxing in the Spa. In the hot tub reflect upon the day’s events in the warm and mineral-rich ocean water and gaze upon the midnight sun.
An expanded awareness awaits those who wish to embrace it. Escape what has become normal in your life and embrace the sanctuary of Canada’s north and see what you find out about yourself. Life should be experienced, not just lived. Come and experience the Arctic.
Day 7 Return to Ottawa
Return to Qikiqtarjuaq and board your flight back to Iqaluit and onwards to Ottawa.
Itinerary NotesWhat's Included:
• The services of highly qualified Inuit guides and staff leaders
• All transportation throughout the trip
• All accommodations from Qikiqtarjuaq– 6 nights arctic safaristyle upscale base camp
• All meals from Qikiqtarjuaq
• Fitness Focus: Yoga, Pilates, Stability Ball
• Rejuvenation: 24 Hour Sunlight, Fresh Air, Natural Foods, Nature’s power, laughter
• Spa: Natural Mineral based products
• Wildlife Viewing
• Ottawa hotels, transfers and meals
• Any airfare to/from Ottawa
• Internal air package, additional $2499 CAD.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $2000 CAD, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|89-61 days||50% tour cost|
|60-0 days||100% tour cost|
Arctic Tours by Land
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 12
Think African Safari…in the Arctic
These land based trips are operated from either cabins and lodges, safari style camps located on the sea ice within a safe distance from the floe edge, or on a flat expanse of pebbly beach. Many of these locations have been used by Inuit for generations and are still used to this day.
Each trip begins in a local Inuit community, where you will meet soap stone carvers, Inuit throat singers or drum dancers, and learn how seal skins are made into traditional clothing. Here you can ease into the Arctic environment welcomed by the friendly, local community.
Arctic land tours local guides and elders have been traveling and living on the land all their lives. This knowledge is built into every one of these trips. Combine this traditional knowledge with the very latest in expedition equipment including satellite imagery for ice and wildlife tracking, rigid polar bear proof structures and the latest spotting scopes to ensure a safe and memorable Arctic experience.
Remote camps are ready for you upon arrival and designed to provide you with ultimate comfort and functionality. Custom built base camps vary but typically consist of a kitchen structure for your gourmet chef to call home, and a large central meeting and dining location. Separate washroom facilities provide a private spot to freshen up with running water, washbasins and hot showers.
These tours define comfort as lounging on raised beds, dining on the freshest foods and relaxing in custom designed tents. This is what sets these land tours apart from the rest – a luxury experience in the Arctic.
By traveling in small groups of 6-12 people, passing silently by glaciers and below towering fiords, you truly embrace the Arctic wilderness. This allows you to enjoy the Arctic at your own pace, without the rumbling of engines and crowds of people nearby.
Your team operating the Arctic land tours have aerially scouted the far reaches of the Arctic for hundreds of hours, have a decade’s worth of wildlife expeditions under their belt, and worked with the world’s leading wildlife and culture filmmakers. .
Not from the deck of a ship, but from the land. For years they have worked closely with
Inuit guides and developed lasting friendships, to bring the best of the Arctic to you. Through these friendships you will gain access to knowledge of the best locations, wildlife colonies and safe passageways, passed on through generations. You’ll also make new friends, while sharing stories, tracking wildlife and scanning the horizons for polar bears.
Peace of Mind
Your safety is taken very seriously. For every expedition there is a thorough Arctic Safety Plan complete with training, field support and top of the line equipment. With a mix of traditional survival and modern technology, staff are well prepared to handle minor to major emergency scenarios. Expedition leaders are highly trained professionals, equipped with instant communication to headquarters and local response teams.
Arctic Experiences - Four Distinct Styles
Designed to allow travelers to spend as much time as possible experiencing Arctic wildlife. This could be on the floe edge, in a zodiac boat, on foot, or by snowmobile. All safaris have been carefully researched to offer the very best of polar wildlife and scenery. Your expert team has scouted the locations, consulted with scientists, and worked hand-in-hand with local Inuit guides to bring the best the Arctic has to offer to you.
The mass movement of animals from one region to another is one of nature’s most astounding natural phenomenon. At the root of every migration is the need to mate, to seek nourishment or to escape extreme weather. So while fascinating, migration is crucial to survival for many animals. Great Migration expeditions are land-based safari-style trips timed to coincide with such migrations, including the Narwhal, as they travel south for the summer, or the Bowhead Whale as they move further north to feed. These floe edge Great Migration trips also offer opportunities to see Polar Bears and Walrus.
Grand Odysseys are defined by unprecedented access, demanding logistics and the overall sense of exploration. These trips utilize years of experience planning and operating major scientific and film expeditions, and take advantage of the full range of activities possible, including hot air ballooning over the sea ice, snow surfing, kite skiing, snowmobiling, and the ultimate Arctic experience, a North Pole flyover.
Arctic Diving Safaris
What first inspired the creation of these tours was a trip to Igloolik to dive with Walrus and Bowhead whales under the ice. Since then your expert team has lead hundreds of dive trips, and are always eager to talk about their first love. From rebreathers to open circuit, and under ice diving, with exotic Arctic wildlife, they are the experts in Arctic diving. A scuba diving information kit is available upon request, which includes dive policies, operations, supplied gear and required gear list.
|Custom Base Camp Accommodations|
Relax after a day of exploration in your custom-built base camp, with raised beds, private washrooms and custom designed tents.