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Arctic Summer

Taste of the Arctic Summer

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Venture above the tree line to experience the best of the Iqaluit in summer with all its top highlights. Visit Nunavut’s capital city, a maritime community with a rich history. Enjoy activities like hiking on the tundra. The rolling hills surrounding the city are full of dwarf vegetation and red-hued mosses. Explore Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, where you can hike along the river valley of the stunning Sylvia Grinnell River and fishing for Arctic char from the shore near the mouth. Enjoy daily guided town tours where you can delve into Inuit history and culture at Iqaluit’s museums and art galleries. Visit the historic Hudson Bay Trading Post on the shoreline of the Apex Trail. Shop for souvenirs at the local craft stores full of stone carvings, textiles, and more.
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  • Enjoy town tours that take you to historic locations
  • Explore the landscape with traditional summer outdoor activities
  • Get a taste of the Arctic and travel home with charming memories of this hidden gem
  • Discover iconic spots that tell the story of Iqaluit
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  • Small Group
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Arrival in Iqaluit

Upon arrival in Iqaluit, you will be met by your Arctic Kingdom guide and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy an in-depth guided tour of Iqaluit and the nearby community of Apex and visit a variety of Iqaluit’s attractions and highlights. This may include the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre, the original Hudson’s Bay Company Trading Post and more.

Day 2: Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park

  • 1 Lunch
Your Arctic Kingdom guide will meet you at the hotel and drive you to Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park for a hike along the Sylvia Grinnell River. Don’t forget your camera and keep your eyes open for wildlife. A packed lunch will be provided. The park is an excellent hiking location for viewing the beautiful scenery, wildlife and flora of the eastern arctic region. Hiking routes through the park vary in length and level of difficulty, from easy to challenging. The well-travelled River Valley route passes through birding areas and the park’s coastal landscape. The terrain varies from gravel roadway to uneven tundra and boulder fields. The Hilltops and Meadows route allows hikers to experience tundra meadows, bedrock outcrops and unobstructed views of the surrounding region from several highpoints in the park. This route is considered a hike over uneven ground with some steep elevations. It has trail markers to aid in navigation around sensitive environments. Hikers are encouraged to take side trips from each of the main routes. Interested in fishing for Arctic char at the river? Let us know in advance and Arctic Kingdom will provide a license and tackle for the hike

Day 3: Frobisher Bay

  • 1 Lunch
Your Arctic Kingdom guide will meet you at your hotel at a prearranged time. Today, if conditions allow, we will plan a kayaking excursion in Frobisher Bay. Frobisher Bay is named for the English navigator Sir Martin Frobisher, who, during his search for the Northwest Passage in 1576, became the first European to visit this area. Frobisher Bay also has some of the greatest tidal variances in the world. The record tide for Iqaluit is 11.85 meters, so conditions and weather must cooperate for us to allow a kayaking activity. Either way, we will explore the bay or the land in the morning and enjoy a packed lunch served on the tundra. Exploring this amazing area in and around Frobisher Bay is a unique experience to the low Arctic as the rocky landscape is broken up by patches of lush vegetation giving the visitor an idea of the living conditions on the island at the time of the Thule people.

Day 4: Fly to Ottawa

Enjoy a free morning to explore Iqaluit at your leisure, and shop for unique gifts and souvenirs such as Inuit art, textiles, and carvings. Arctic Kingdom will transfer you to the airport for your early afternoon flight back to Ottawa

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  • 2 Box Lunches
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Gratuities at your discretion. A typical gratuity is $100 per Inuit/guide/chef and expedition leader per week.


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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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