Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit in the morning. Change planes in Iqaluit – the capital of Nunavut, departing to continue onto Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world's tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff at over 5000 feet of sheer rock. Qikiqtarjuaq is a small hamlet of approximately 600 persons that sits on Broughton Island. A narrow channel separates the hamlet from the main land of Baffin Island and faces the large mountains of Akshakyuk Pass of the Auyuittuq National Park. On arrival in Qikiqtarjuaq be welcomed by your expedition escort and transferred to your waiting boat. Thread your way past many islands and the mainland of Baffin Island as well as quietly floating icebergs along the way to the safari-style camp about 1 to 1.5 hours away. There is a very high chance of seeing polar bears on the shores of the islands along the way to the camp. Settle into your waiting safari style tent, and enjoy a deliciously prepared meal while watching the crimson red sky ‘set’ all night long.
From Base Camp experience the true essence of the Arctic in the summer. The Camp is ideally located near lakes, with a river passing through that provides fresh drinking water for food preparation and one of the best cups of tea or coffee you’ll ever have. Your daily itinerary is determined by the environment, such as wildlife presence and weather. Sample activities include: day trips to Akshakyuk Pass, where you can hike at the base of North Pangnirtung Fjord or take a boat trip to Penny Ice Cap Glacier for hiking and exploration; fishing for Arctic char out of Base Camp; or picking blueberries and blackberries nearby. Observe icebergs calved off of glaciers and enjoy listening to the beat of the wings of seabirds from hundreds of meters away.
Surrounded by islands and steep walled fjords, the scenery, activities, and opportunities of observing bowhead whales and polar bears here is second to none at this time of year. Bowhead whales are known to frequent open waters only a 30-minute boat ride away. Polar bears are often seen on islands throughout the area. In some cases, more than 20 polar bears can be seen on a boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq to Base Camp. Inflatable kayaks are provided that can be deployed at anytime.
Transfer back to Qikiqtarjuaq by boat after a polar bear expedition, then take a mid-morning flight back to Iqaluit and on to Ottawa. Return home via your independent flight.
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