Journey on an ultimate scenic and wildlife safari to witness the migratory patterns of some of the most exceptional animals the Arctic has to offer, including the mystical narwhal and beluga. Join this small group adventure of up to 14 persons consisting of high end safari-style ice camping deep in polar bear country to primarily observe the natural wonders of the annual spring migration.
Day 1 : Ottawa to Iqaluit | Arctic Bay Day 2 : Journey to the Floe Edge Days 3-6 : Floe Edge Day 7 : Floe Edge OR Arctic Bay Day 8 : Fly to Iqaluit OR Arctic Bay and Fly to Ottawa Day 9 : Fly to Ottawa | Return Home
View beluga, bowhead, and narwhals at the floe edge
Hike the Arctic landscape past icebergs and overlying vistas
Watch polar bears hunt for seals and wander through the pack ice
Take advantage of kayaking and snorkeling options offered
After breakfast, travel by snowmobile and qamutik (traditional Inuit sled) to base camp near the floe edge. Settle into camp and take in the incredible mountains, icescapes and picturesque scenery that surrounds you.
Make your way along the spectacular red-hued St. George Cliffs that tower thousands of feet vertically above your head and admire the vast panoramas of the Arctic. Pass by bird cliffs, home to many species of nesting birds such as black-billed murres, kittiwakes, and more. Upon arrival at base camp, be welcomed by the rest of the team with delicious hors d’oeuvres and warm drinks prepared by professional chefs. After settling into your spacious quarters feel free to wander and absorb the incredible mountains, ice, and picturesque scenery that surrounds you.
Experience the beauty and wonder of the floe edge. The time of year provides a perfect opportunity to observe the annual migrations of narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales, and makes for an excellent season of Arctic whale watching. Admire the grace of the narwhal and delight at the sight of belugas who appear to always be smiling as they glide through the tranquil waters. Bowhead whales may also make an exciting appearance as they spy-hop and splash back down into the water just meters away.
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.
Enjoy short hikes overland to towering icebergs and experience the dramatic, silent panoramas unfolding to the horizon. 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. You may spot polar bear tracks and follow them for a chance to observe them prowling for prey from a safe distance.
Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
Round-trip flight to Arctic Bay from Ottawa
Polar Clothing Rental Package strongly encouraged
Flight Taxes - USD 660.00 for 2017 / CAD 600.60 for 2018
Flight costs (please request a quote)
Additional excursions during free time
The staff works hard to please and tips are appreciated, but not necessary. Gratuities are at your discretion. Typically gratuity is $100 per Inuit guide/chef and expeditions leaders for the week. The number of guides, chef, and expedition leaders varies per trip. This is optional. Some people choose to pay more of course, but this amount is typical.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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.