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Great Migrations of the Northwest Passage

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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-by-Day Summary

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

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Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level


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Day 1 Ottawa to Iqaluit | Arctic Bay

Upon arrival, meet your trip leader at the Nanisivik airport just outside of Arctic Bay. A welcome dinner at the hotel and introduction to the other team members is held.

Day 2 Journey to the Floe Edge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.  

Day 3-6 Floe Edge

  • Hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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.

Day 7 Floe Edge OR Arctic Bay

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For the June 3 – 11 departure:
Spend the day at camp.

For the June 10 – 17 departure:
Travel back to Arctic Bay and enjoy leisure time exploring the local community, and a cultural presentation by Inuit throat singers.

Day 8 Fly to Iqaluit OR Arctic Bay and Fly to Ottawa

For the June 3 – 11 departure:
Depart camp and travel to the Arctic Bay airport. Fly by charter to Iqaluit and spend the night at a hotel.

For the June 10 – 17 departure:
Transfer to the Arctic Bay airport for your charter flight back to Ottawa.

Day 9 Fly to Ottawa | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
*Only for June 3 – 11 departure
After breakfast, transfer to the Iqaluit airport for your charter flight back to Ottawa.

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 8 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling (drysuit, mask, fins, hood, gloves) & Kayaking Gear
  • Transfers in Arctic Bay to airport
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed


  • International Flights
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • 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.
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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!
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