Torngat Mountains Wildlife, Culture & Research« All Arctic Tours by Land cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Custom Base Camp Accommodations|
|Aug 16 '13
|Please note: rates are based on current exchange rate (CAD/USD). Please contact us for exact quote in US dollars.
Internal Flight package: $1950 CAD
Add 13% HST
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 Arrive Goose Bay, Labrador
Arrive in Goose Bay Labrador, Canada where you will be met by an Arctic Land Tour greeter and a town host. Overnight in Goose Bay. (D)
Day 2 Torngat Mountain Base Camp
Board the private plane for the Torngat Mountain base camp. Fly literally over hundreds of islands, deep fiords, inlets and watch as the dense pine forests surrounding Goose Bay become thinner and more sparse until finally, you are over the tree line. Your final approach will swoop over the Torngat Mountains and land at the Saglek Fiord airstrip. Transfer to a waiting boat and head down the Saglek Fiord to the Basecamp Lodge that is nestled at the foot of the Torngat Mountains surrounded by flat Tundra, and wild rivers. Settle into your Arctic Safari yurt style accommodations complete with duvets, pillows and blankets. Enjoy a welcome BBQ at the beach and bonfire at night under the brightest stars you will ever see (as some previously guests have said!) (B/L/D)
Days 3-5 Wildlife Observation Day Trips
The Torngat Mountains have one of the most thriving polar bear populations in the world. Black bears also patrol this territory – which makes this the only place in the world where black bears and polar bears co-exist. Explore the fiords in search of the Polar Bears and Black bears. You should also have a chance to see Caribou Wolf Arctic Fox, and of course, the ever plentiful seals – such as the Bearded, Harbour and Ring seals.
The basecamp has a helicopter on site allowing guests to take a 15-min helicopter tour over the highest peaks of the Torngat Mountains. Touch down anywhere giving you the option to hike a few hours over the tundra, through willows and over grassy fields and bright flowers back to the basecamp – or take the helicopter directly back to basecamp.
Explore historical Inuit sites by boat - Inuit ancestors have travelled throughout the area for more than 5,000 years. “Torngat” comes from the Inuit word torngait which means “place of spirits.” During the week, keep an eye out for Polar Bears and other wildlife while visiting ancient sites that were home to the Inuit in earlier times such as Hebron (the site of an abandoned Inuit village complete with remnants of buildings and a restored missionary church) and Sallikuluk (Rose Island). These trips will be conducted with the Nunatsiuvut Inuit, Parks Canada guides, and arctic researchers where you can have the opportunity to observe and possibly participate in arctic research ‘in action’.
Take the kayaks out - both doubles and single kayaks - down spectacular fjords where the Inuit ancestors have camped and walked before. Stop for lunch to listen to the Inuit tell ancient stories and legends of the area as you sip on hot tea and eat hot food that has been prepared over an open fire.
Along with bear guards hike the spectacular valley, full of blooming flowers and braided streams. Chances of an inland polar bear encounter is rare, but precautions are taken nonetheless. A helicopter heli-hike will also be done. Why not try to hike to the top of the 1000 foot high mountain in behind the Base Camp to reward yourself with sweeping panoramic views of the Torngat Mountains. (B/L/D)
Day 6 Return to Goose Bay / Return Home
This morning you will board a private plane for return flight to Goose Bay. Return flight to Halifax, NS and on to home destination. An overnight in Halifax at hotel of your choice is recommended. (B)
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.
• 4 nights accommodation at the Torngat Mountain Base Camp
• 15 min of helicopter flight time
• The services of highly qualified Inuit Guides
• All day trip excursions while at the Torngat Base camp
• Arctic Land Tour Leader
• All meals as listed in the itinerary
• All park entrance fees and permits
• With flight package: 2 hour private plane from Goose Bay to Basecamp and return
• Airfare from home to gateway community
• Expenses incurred to weather delays and/or flight schedule changes/delays
• Hotel accommodations in Halifax, NS
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.