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Ice diving in the Arctic

Baffin Island Dive Safari

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Imagine yourself under the vast and silent skies of the high Arctic with the midnight sun bathing passing icebergs in a warm glow as narwhal whales pass by. Settle into a safari-style ice camp, the only one of its kind, and enter into a world even more unlike anything you can ever have imagined. Prepare to have the dive experience of a lifetime surrounded by icebergs, drifting pack ice, seal holes, ice floe cracks, and Arctic sea floor. From amazing ice formations, to the wildlife that you can encounter above and below water, you feel that that days dives were the best of your life, but you can do an even better dive the next day!
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Highlights
  • Travel to Bylot Island by snowmobile and qamutik (traditional Inuit sled)
  • Experience a program of progressive dives in the Arctic's unique underwater
  • See narwhals, bowhead & polar bears on the prowl & seals sunning themselves
  • Stay in a safari-style base camp and watch for icebergs and 'bergy bits'
Trip Type:
  • Small Group
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Ottawa to Pond Inlet

  • 1 Dinner
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit in the morning. Change planes in Iqaluit, departing to continue onto Pond Inlet. Upon landing at Pond Inlet, meet your local coordinator and transfer to a comfortable hotel. During dinner, receive a briefing and gear check. The evening is yours to relax, enjoy and explore Pond Inlet, and the not-too-distant mountains of Bylot Island under the midnight sun.

Day 2-5: High Arctic

  • Hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Spend these days reveling in some of the best diving you’ll ever experience. Following a program of progressive dives, you’ll enjoy new experiences every day as you become more comfortable with this unique underwater environment. Explore the Arctic seafloor and discover urchins, starfish, and glittering jellyfish. Witness the surreal world of blue and turquoise ice juxtaposed with the black depths below. This is an underwater photographer’s paradise.

Above the water and on land, you’ll experience other spectacular scenes and exciting adventures. Expect to see icebergs, ‘bergy- bits’, and drifting pack ice with playful seals poking their heads up out of the water to look directly at you. On the floe edge, you will have the opportunity to see narwhals, bowhead, and polar bears on the prowl, seals sunning themselves, possibly walrus and beluga, and other Arctic wildlife. Migratory birds can also be seen in abundance. Pure white Ivory Gulls, gaudy King Eider, low flying Northern Fulmars, Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes, and Greater Snow Geese
are just a few of the bird species known to frequent the area.

Ice conditions permitting, you may also visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where more than 300,000 birds choose to nest each year. Other activities include kayaking and hiking.

Day 6: Safari Camp to Pond Inlet

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After another full day enjoying the High Arctic wilderness, fly directly out of camp to Pond Inlet. Explore the town at your leisure and spend your final night in a hotel.

Day 7: Pond Inlet | Ottawa

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the Pond Inlet airport. Board your flight back to Ottawa and onwards to home.

Accommodations

Premium Safari Camp

Stay in Arctic Kingdom's Premium Safari Camp on your Arctic tour
Your comfortable and warm yurt at Premium Safari Camp
Arctic Kingdom's Premium Safari Camp is located either on ice or on land

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$19,725

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Please add 5% sales tax from Pond Inlet.

Please Note: 2018 & 2019 Fares are based on current exchange rates from the Canadian Dollar. Contact us for current rates.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Return transfers in Pond Inlet
  • Gear Rental: Diving Gear (tanks, pony bottles, weights, weight belt, harness, dive regulators, all ice dive safety equipment, and remote DAN O2 kit). Drysuit and personal dive equipment may be available upon request. 
  • Gear Rental: Kayaking Gear
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • 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
  • Round-trip flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa
  • Flight Taxes - USD 410.80 for 2017 / CAD 410.80 for 2018

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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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