Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island

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A polar bear scouting around
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On the ice floe
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A polar bear swims in Arctic waters
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Nature's snowman
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Twin bergs

Departs

  • Jul 31, 2014
  • Aug 07, 2014
  • Aug 14, 2014

Private Independent Travel

Set outside of one of Canada’s most stunning national parks – Auyuittuq National Park along the rugged and awe-inspiring glacier capped and iceberg studded coastline of south eastern Baffin Island, you will have the opportunity to enjoy long days of the Arctic summer and seemingly ‘all night’ sunsets from the comfort of an Arctic safari-style base camp exploring the natural habitat of the polar bears on land, and bowhead whales on the sea.

Depart Ottawa

Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit in the morning. You will change planes in Iqaluit – the capital of Nunavut, departing to continue onto Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, you will fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor the worlds 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 you will be welcomed by your expedition escort and transferred to your waiting boat. You will 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.

Base Camp

From the Base Camp about you will experience the true essence of the Arctic in the summer. As your daily itinerary will be determined by the environment such as wildlife presence and weather, the following is a sample of what can be done over the course of your visit:- Surrounded by islands and steep walled fiords, the scenery, the activities and opportunities of observing bowhead whales and Polar Bears here is second to none at this time of year.- Long and deep fiords such as Coronation Fiord and North Pangnirtung fiord with walls 1000′s of feet high on each side.- Fresh blueberry and blackberry picking nearby.- Day trip to the Akshakyuk Pass – hike at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord.- Penny Ice Cap glacier sweeping down the fiords and entering Coronation Fiord – Day trip with the boat –do some hiking around the glacier.- Base Camp near lakes – river comes down beside camp as source of drinking water – can’t get any fresher or cleaner than crystal glacier melt water.- Arctic Char fishing right in Base Camp.- Bowhead whales known to frequent in open waters about 30 min boat ride from camp.- Polar Bears often seen on islands throughout area. In some cases, more than 20 polar bears seen on boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq to Base Camp.- Ice bergs floating in waters – calved off of glaciers from Penny Ice Cap.- Inflatable kayaks are provided that if/when the opportunity presents itself – they can be deployed anytime.- Silence. Beautiful silence. Where one can hear the beat of the wings of sea birds from hundreds of meters away is hard to find anywhere else in the world.- Inuit guides – have Inuit guides with you who know the area intimately and can also help determine the best fishing areas, polar bear spotting locations as well as bowhead whale habitats.

Return home

Transfer back to Qikiqtarjuaq by boat, then take a midmorning flight back to Iqaluit and onto Ottawa. Return home via your independent flight.

$7995
Tour Cost
$2464
Internal Flights (Ottawa - Qikiqtarjuaq - Ottawa)
Flight cost is subject to change
$10459
Total Cost

Notes

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

Please 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. Included - The services of a highly qualified Inuit Guides and Arctic Kingdom Expedition Escort - All transportation to/from and AK Base Camp including local boats for duration of trip - All accommodations from Qikiqtarjuaq - 6 nights arctic safari-style base camp - All meals from Qikiqtarjuaq - Airport pick up and drop-off in Qikiqtarjuaq - Charging stations for batteries Not Included - Flights to/from Qikiqtarjuaq – ask about special rates - Ottawa hotels, transfers and meals - Tips/Gratuities - Personal Expenses - Travel, Medical and Search and Rescue Insurance - Baggage Insurance - Additional costs associated with weather/flight delays and/or layovers in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals

Included

  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Camping

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $500 Gear Rental