Enjoy an 8-day experience with dramatic landscapes and icebergs of Sirmilik National Park, and possibly wildlife. Revel in the stunning landscapes of towering granite cliffs, glaciers and icebergs at our Tented Safari Camp with stunning views of Bylot Island, access to Sirmilik National Park and the world-renowned floe edge of Eclipse Sound.
Guided by Inuit and travelling in small groups, journey to the floe edge for days of discovery, with good conditions there’s fantastic narwhal watching with the chance to see a variety of seabirds, polar bears, seals as well as possibly beluga and bowhead whales.
Perfect for families, first-time visitors to the Arctic, and also professional photographers looking for the ultimate floe edge experience, watching narwhal, and chance to see polar bears in the wild.
Day 1 : Pond Inlet | Travel to Basecamp Days 2-6 : Arctic Safari Camp Day 7 : Depart Safari Camp | Pond Inlet Day 8 : 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
Upon landing in Pond Inlet, meet your Expedition Leader for a trip briefing and travel by qamutik (a traditional Inuit wooden sled with suspension or foam padded seats pulled behind a snowmobile) to camp located on Eclipse Sound. Experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice. The journey’s time varies depending on ice conditions but includes some breathtaking views and a stop for dinner and hot beverages. Continue your journey to the Arctic Safari Camp, which will be set up a few kilometres back from the floe edge.
During the next few days, excursions 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 abundance 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.
After breakfast, depart camp by qamutik and snowmobile to Pond Inlet and from there you will fly to Iqaluit. Enjoy your final night in Iqaluit with a special Inuit cultural presentation. Overnight in hotel.
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
Wake up in Iqaluit and have the option to briefly explore Iqaluit before your flight to Ottawa. You have a chance to experience craft shops and local highlights quickly before transferring to the airport. Depart for Ottawa with the spirit of the Arctic, and a full album of memories and friendships.
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
Accommodations as listed
Meals as listed
Ground transportation as listed
Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
Excursions and activities as listed
Accommodation in Ottawa
Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
Polar Clothing Rental Package strongly encouraged
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.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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.