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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.
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Highlights
  • 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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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Pond Inlet

  • 1 Dinner
Upon landing in Pond Inlet, you will be welcomed by your Expedition Leader and transferred to a local hotel, where you will enjoy a hot dinner and trip briefing. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Travel to Basecamp

After breakfast, participate in an orientation from Parks Canada then meet your guides on the beach in preparation for your departure to our camp on Eclipse Sound. Traveling to our Arctic Safari Camp by qamutik (a traditional Inuit wooden sled with suspension or foam padded seats pulled behind a snowmobile), you will experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice. The journey’s time will vary depending on the ice

conditions but will include tea and coffee stops. Our Arctic Safari Camp will be set up a few kilometers back from the floe edge.

Day 3-6: Arctic Safari Camp

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

  • 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: Ottawa | Return Home

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

Accommodations

Tented Safari Camp

Enjoy your stay in the Arctic
Enjoy your stay in the Arctic
Your warm and comfortable tent at Arctic Kingdom's Tented Safari Camp

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$21,442 2-3 travelers

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Please add 5% sales tax from Pond Inlet.

Please Note: Fares are based off of current exchange rates from the Canadian Dollar. Contact us for current rates.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • 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
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • All participants will be required to provide proof of medical insurance while traveling in Canada. Each participant is responsible for any medical expenses and must be covered by their own sickness, accident, and evacuation insurance.
  • Gratuities at your discretion. A typical gratuity is $100 per Inuit/guide/chef and expedition leader per week.
  • Gratuities
  • 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

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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.

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