After an early breakfast, participants head to the Ottawa airport and take a flight to Iqaluit – capital of Nunavut and the gateway to Nunavut. From there take another flight to Igloolik – oldest Inuit settlement in Canada. Meet for an orientation talk and equipment check. Depart on a 30min to 1 hour trip to camp via snowmobiles and qamuitk. After unloading your equipment, settle into your tents and meet for a hot meal. Your Expedition Leader will explain the itinerary for the following day.
The next five days will vary completely based upon weather, interests and animal movements. For example, one day may include traveling by boat far out into the Foxe Basin where you may come upon a pair of walrus huddled on the ice pack. Quietly watch these enormous animals and take photographs from both the ice and boat. Enjoy a hot lunch on the very same piece of ice as the walrus, which are not at all concerned by your presence. On the journey back spot a lone Bowhead cruising the icy waters.Should wind conditions prohibit, there is much more to explore than the waterscapes. Explore the land and ice closer to the base camp, and take some time to visit nearby Thule ruins and learn about traditional Inuit life.
Pack up your gear and travel back to Igloolik for an 11am departure for Iqaluit. Your plane departs in the afternoon and you arrive back in the early evening in Ottawa.
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