Giants of the Arctic

Arctic Kingdom
Whale fluke at sunset
Arctic Kingdom
Quiet observation
Arctic Kingdom
Twin bergs
Arctic Kingdom
A polar bear scouting around
Arctic Kingdom
Kayaking - Arctic Kingdom.

Departs

  • Jun 27, 2014
  • Jul 04, 2014

Private Independent Travel

A journey onto and beyond the ice floe edge concentrating on two giants of the Arctic: Walrus and Bowhead whales. This is a journey of amazing panoramas. Whether you’re facing a hundred walrus, reflecting on the beauty of an absolutely mirror-calm ocean, staring up mountains of ice, or watching for animals along the tundra, there are countless unforgettable scenes. Some are so lucky as to connect with the animals and peer into the eye of a passing Bowhead or directly into the eyes of a Polar Bear swimming by your boat.

Depart Ottawa / Igloolik

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.

Wildlife Exploration

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.

Return to Ottawa

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.

$8750
Tour Cost
$2656
Internal Flights (Ottawa - Igloolik/Hall Beach - Ottawa)
Flight cost is subject to change
$11406
Total Cost

Notes

Please add 5% GST from Igloolik/Hall Beach. Rates based on current exchange rate CAD/US dollars. Please contact us for exact quote in US dollars.

Included - The services of a highly qualified, English speaking expedition leader - All accommodations in itinerary (1 nights local hotel, 6 nights in AK base camp) - Local hunter/fisherman guides - All meals listed in itinerary - Airport transfers in gateway community Not Included - Airfare from home to gateway community - Expenses incurred to weather delays and/or flight schedule changes/delays.

Included

  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Camping

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $500 Gear Rental