Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit by jet. Transfer planes for a late evening arrival in Arctic Bay. The flight alone is spectacular as you fly over vast expanses of ice, deep valleys, fjords and mountains. Upon arrival, meet your trip leader at the Nanisivik airport just outside of Arctic Bay. A welcome dinner at the hotel and introduction to the other team members will be held. Overnight in Arctic Bay.
After breakfast, travel by snowmobile and qamutik (pronounced: Kam-oo-tick) to your seasonal safari-inspired base camp on the sea ice, a short distance back from the floe edge. Along the way, experience first-hand how the Inuit travel to their summer camps. Qamutiks are sledges pulled by snowmobiles and are specially designed to flex over the ice. Travel along the spectacular red-hued St. George Cliffs towering 1000′s of feet vertically above your head. Become enamored by the first of the vast panorama’s of the Arctic that will unfold along the journey. Along the way pass by bird cliffs, home to many species of nesting birds such as the black billed murres, kittiwakes, and more. Arrive at your Arctic Safari Yurt base camp set directly on the sea ice and be welcomed by hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chef. After settling into your spacious quarters, complete with raised beds, feel free to wander and absorb the incredible mountains, ice, and photographic rich scenery that surrounds you.
The following is a representation of an itinerary. This can be used as a guideline for what to expect, but the arctic is unpredictable – ice conditions, animal behavior and weather play an integral part in determining daily activities. However, this can be seen as the beauty of the arctic and wildlife viewing; you can never predict exactly what you will see and no two trips are ever the same. Journey to the floe edge on daily sorties to witness the congregating beluga, bowhead, and/or narwhals at the floe edge. One day there may be belugas and the next a single narwhal, and perhaps the next hundreds of whales feeding, diving and resting at the surface.
You may also opt for a more exciting and up-close and personal encounter with these majestic sea creatures by kayaking and snorkeling amongst them. After donning your dry suit, enter the exhilarating waters and experience some of the most magical moments of your life as whales swim beneath you.
When possible visit icebergs and conduct hikes onto the mainland and overlying vistas. Experience the dramatic, silent panoramas unfolding to the horizon. Deep in polar bear country, it is quite possible to see bears hunting seals or wandering through the pack ice. Be dazzled by the impressive ice formations and glistening icicles that dip into turquoise blue melt-water pools and then take a break with some warm tea made from fresh chunks of 1000 year old ice. Sink in to the daily routine of observing whales and wildlife.
After breakfast travel back to Arctic Bay via snowmobile and qamutik with an arrival in the late afternoon. Explore the local community. Visit soapstone carvers, a sod house, watch seal skin being stretched, and observe or take part in other Inuit cultural activities.
Depart the gateway community of Arctic Bay on a morning flight back to Ottawa.
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