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Narwhal sighting in the Arctic

Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari

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Begin your 8-day Arctic adventure in Pond Inlet and travel to southeast Bylot Island where your Arctic Safari Camp is set up a few kilometers back from the ice edge. Spend your days observing a wide variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat including narwhals, polar bears, seals, and a variety of bird species, offering you exceptional opportunities for impressive photographs!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ottawa to Iqaluit | Pond Inlet
Day 2 : Travel to Basecamp
Days 3-6 : Arctic Exploration
Day 7 : Pond Inlet
Day 8 : Fly to Ottawa


  • Travel by traditional Inuit-style qamutik & experience gliding on the ice
  • Camp a few kilometers back from the ice floe edge
  • Look for icebergs, 'bergy-bits', and drifting pack ice with playful seals
  • Observe narwhals and polar bears on the prowl for seals

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Trip Type

  • Small Group

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Trip Snapshots

Narwhal sighting in the Arctic A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape Kayaking the Arctic An Arctic fox gazes across the landscape Iceberg near floe edge The elusive narwhal in the Arctic Looking forward

Day 1 Ottawa to Iqaluit | Pond Inlet

Upon landing in Pond Inlet, meet your local Arctic Kingdom representative and transfer to a local hotel. Meet your Expedition Leader for a trip briefing and hot dinner.

Day 2 Travel to Basecamp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast and an orientation from Parks Canada, meet your guides on the beach in preparation for your departure to our camp on Eclipse Sound. Travelling to the Arctic Safari Camp by qamutik (a traditional Inuit wooden sled with suspension or foam padded seats pulled behind a snowmobile), experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice. The journey’s time will vary depending on ice conditions but will include tea and coffee stops. Our Arctic Safari Camp will be set up a few kilometres back from the floe edge (conditions permitting).

Day 3-6 Arctic Exploration

  • Hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
During the next few days, your excursions will include trips out to the floe edge to look for wildlife. Enjoy the mild spring weather and engage in a variety of activities at the floe edge. Snorkel and kayak amongst sea ice when conditions permit.

One of the greatest highlights for many guests on this safari is the opportunity to observe a variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. Migratory birds are also in abundant and with the stillness of the Arctic, you are able to hear the songs of the birds before you even see them. Ice conditions permitting, you may also visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where more than 200,000 birds choose to nest each year. For birders, the earlier departures are best for this activity.

Day 7 Pond Inlet

After breakfast, depart camp by qamutik and snowmobile to Pond Inlet. Enjoy your final night in Pond Inlet with a special Inuit cultural presentation.

Day 8 Fly to Ottawa

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart for Ottawa with the spirit of the Arctic, and a full album of memories and friendships.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 5 Nights Camping
  • Gear Rental
    • Unlimited use of kayaks
    • Drysuit, mask, fins, hood, gloves for snorkelling
  • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff
  • Use of kayaks and drysuit, mask, fins, hood, and gloves for snorkeling
  • Return transfers in Pond Inlet
  • Round-trip flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa
    • Included for 2020


  • International Flights
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Polar Clothing Rental Package strongly encouraged
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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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