Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island« All Arctic Tours by Land cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Custom Base Camp Accommodations|
|Aug 1 '13
Aug 8 '13
Aug 15 '13
|Please note: rates are based on current exchange rate (CAD/USD). Please contact us for exact quote in US dollars.
Internal Flight package: $2823 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 Depart Ottawa
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit by jet. Transfer planes for Qikiqtarjuaq. Fly over Auyuittuq National Park, keeping an eye out for Mt. Asgard and Mt. Thor with the world’s tallest vertical cliffs at over 5000ft. On arrival, transfer to local cruiser boat and thread your way past small Arctic islands, watching for polar bears as you pass, to your upscale base camp.
Days 2-6 Base Camp
From the pebble beach base camp you will experience the true essence of the Arctic summer. Here is a sample of activities over the course of your stay:
This is the ultimate time of year to view polar bears and bowhead whales from your base surrounded by islands and steep walled fiords. In past trips more than 20 polar bears have been spotted on the boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq to base camp alone!
Travel by boat down the long and deep fiords including Coronation and North Pangnirtung Fiord with sheer walls 1000s of feet high on each side. Bowhead whales, the largest whale in Canadian waters, are known to frequent the open waters about a 30 min boat ride from camp.
A day trip to Ashuyuk Pass in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Parks. You can hike at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord among braided streams that flow from the pass. Visit Dorset (Inuit ancestors) ruins about one hour boat ride south along Baffin Island. Hike at the Penny Ice Cap glacier sweeping down into Coronation Fiord. Relax and absorb the long Arctic sunset hanging on the horizon. All this from your upscale base camp near the most picturesque lakes, boulder strewn rivers with the world’s purest water. While in camp, pick blue berries, or try fishing for Arctic Char.
Day 7 Return home
Transfer back to Qikiqtarjuaq by boat, then take a midmorning flight back to Iqaluit and onto Ottawa. Return home via your independent flight.
Itinerary NotesPlease note:
All rates are posted in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and do not include 5% GST (2.5% for non-Canadian residents). Please contact us for current exchange rates.
- The services of a highly qualified Inuit Guides and Arctic Kingdom Expedition Escort
- All transportation to/from and AK Base Camp including local boats for duration of trip
- All accommodations from Qikiqtarjuaq - 6 nights arctic safari-style base camp
- All meals from Qikiqtarjuaq
- Airport pick up and drop-off in Qikiqtarjuaq
- Charging stations for batteries
- Flights to/from Qikiqtarjuaq – ask about special rates
- Ottawa hotels, transfers and meals
- Personal Expenses
- Travel, Medical and Search and Rescue Insurance
- Baggage Insurance
- Additional costs associated with weather/flight delays and/or layovers in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals
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.