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Narwhal sighting in the Arctic

Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari

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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-by-Day Summary

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

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Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level


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 Pond Inlet | Travel to Basecamp

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.

Day 2-6 Arctic Safari Camp

  • Hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
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.

Day 7 Depart Safari Camp | Pond Inlet

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

Day 8 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
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.

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling (drysuit, mask, fins, hood, gloves) & Kayaking Gear
  • 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


  • 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
  • Polar Clothing Rental Package strongly encouraged
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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