Discover the majesty of rare Arctic animals and the beauty of polar landscapes while boating through Foxe Basin around the island of Igloolik on this 7-day journey. Foxe Basin makes for a perfect home for huge pods of walrus, endangered bowhead whales, and polar bears. When not in boats observing marine mammals, enjoy hikes around the island, admiring and learning about the local flora as well as the many bird species that visit the area. Enjoy excursions to ancient Dorset and Thule archaeological sites to discover the fascinating history and culture of the Inuit.
Day 1 : Ottowa to Iqaluit | Igloolik Days 2-6 : Floe Edge and Foxe Basin Day 7 : Return to Igloolik | Iqaluit | Ottawa
Encounter northward migrating bowhead whales and walrus in Foxe Basin
Look out for hunting polar bears on the floating pans of ice
Experience the Arctic spring & watch frozen tundra turn into melting rivers
Listen to the chirps and whistles of whale song while snorkeling underwater
This safari starts in Igloolik, Nunavut. If you purchase the optional flight package, depart Ottawa for Iqaluit and then connect with your flight to Igloolik, the oldest Inuit settlement in Canada. Upon arrival in Igloolik, meet your expedition leader and group members and transfer to camp. After a brief orientation talk and equipment check, set off on a 30- to 60-minute trip to camp via snowmobiles and qamutik, a traditional Inuit wooden freight sled. After unloading your equipment, settle into your tent and meet for a hot meal followed by an itinerary briefing by your expedition leader.
The next few days vary depending on weather and the movements of Arctic animals. Your first visit to the floe edge allows you to familiarize yourself with this fascinating environment. Enjoy daily boat rides on the Arctic Ocean in search of bowheads and walrus that can be found in this area in countless numbers. You may see the enormous walrus in piles on ice or bowheads spy-hopping as you cruise past. Sit back, relax, and breathe in the fresh air while admiring the awe-inspiring sights or take advantage of excellent photographic opportunities.
As you make your way further into the Foxe Basin across tranquil waters, come upon large floating islands of ice platforms for sunning walrus and a variety of seals – harp, bearded and ring. Be on the lookout for polar bears swimming in the waters or hunting for seals. You may even catch them lounging on ice pans. The bright sun reflecting off the crystal-clear, flat water is an enthralling part of a perfect Arctic summer day.
Enjoy picnics on floating ice pans and potential excursions to ancient Thule and modern-day Inuit settlements. Also have a chance to admire the vibrant arctic wildflowers and the wide variety of birds that migrate to the islands during the summer months.
Day 7 Return to Igloolik | Iqaluit | Ottawa
Pack up your gear and return to Igloolik, where the safari ends. If you purchased the optional flight package, transfer to the afternoon flight to Iqaluit and on to Ottawa. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the early evening.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.