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Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island

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Journey to just outside of one of Canada’s most stunning national parks, Auyuittuq National Park, located along the rugged and awe-inspiring glacier-capped and iceberg-studded coastline of southeastern Baffin Island. Enjoy the long days of the Arctic summer and seemingly ‘all night’ sunsets from the comfort of an Arctic safari-style base camp while exploring the natural habitat of the polar bears on land and bowhead whales on the sea.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ottawa to Iqaluit | Qikiqtarjuaq
Days 2-6 : Base Camp
Day 7 : Qikiqtarjuaq | Iqaluit to Ottawa

Highlights

  • Search for bowhead whales and visit a newly-discovered molting area
  • Admire all-night Arctic sunsets from the comfort of your safari base camp
  • Visit Canada's most stunning park, Auyuittuq National Park
  • Explore ancient Thule dwelling sites and learn from their culture & history

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

On the ice floe Ice as far as I can see... A polar bear scouting around Twin bergs A polar bear swims in Arctic waters Nature's snowman A polar bear runs across the Arctic landscape

Day 1 Ottawa to Iqaluit | Qikiqtarjuaq

Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit in the morning. Change planes in Iqaluit – the capital of Nunavut, departing to continue onto Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world's tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff at over 5000 feet of sheer rock. Qikiqtarjuaq is a small hamlet of approximately 600 persons that sits on Broughton Island. A narrow channel separates the hamlet from the main land of Baffin Island and faces the large mountains of Akshakyuk Pass of the Auyuittuq National Park. Upon arrival in Qikiqtarjuaq, transfer to a waiting boat for a 60-minute ride through scenic channels between islands to your Premium Safari Camp.

Day 2-6 Base Camp

  • Hotel
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
From Base Camp experience the true essence of the Arctic in the summer. The Camp is ideally located near lakes, with a river passing through that provides fresh drinking water for food preparation and one of the best cups of tea or coffee you’ll ever have. Your daily itinerary is determined by the environment, such as wildlife presence and weather. Sample activities include: day trips by boat to Auyuittuq National Park, where you can hike at the base of the Coronation Fiord, as well as a trip to the Penny Ice Cap Glacier. Fish for Arctic char right in camp, pick wild blueberries, enjoy kayaking amongst spectacular ice formations, and possibly visit an ancient Thule site. Observe icebergs calved off of glaciers and enjoy listening to the beat of the wings of seabirds from hundreds of meters away.

Surrounded by islands and steep-walled fjords, the scenery, activities, and opportunities for observing bowhead whales and polar bears here is second to none at this time of year. Bowhead whales are known to frequent open waters only a 30-minute boat ride away. Polar bears are often seen on islands throughout the area. In some cases, more than 20 polar bears can be seen on a boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq to Base Camp. Inflatable kayaks are provided that can be deployed at anytime.

Day 7 Qikiqtarjuaq | Iqaluit to Ottawa

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer back to Qikiqtarjuaq by boat after a polar bear expedition, then take a mid-morning flight back to Iqaluit and on to Ottawa. Return home via your independent flight.

Premium Safari Camp

Per person starting at
$7,645

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Please add 5% sales tax from Qikiqtarjuaq.

Please Note: 2018 Fares are based off of current exchange rates from the Canadian Dollar. Contact us for current rates.

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Camping
  • Gear Rental
    • Snorkelling
  • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff
  • All transportation to/from and AK Base Camp, including local boats for duration of trip
  • Roundtrip airport transportation in Qikiqtarjuaq
  • All day trips by land or boat

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $2,355 Ottawa - Qikiqtarjuaq - Ottawa * 2017 Departures (Please note that prices are in USD)
    • $1,795 Ottawa - Qikiqtarjuaq - Ottawa * 2018 Departures (Please note that prices are based on the current exchange rate with the CAD)
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights
  • Accommodation in Ottawa
  • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
  • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
  • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals
  • Polar Clothing Rental Package encouraged
  • Flight Taxes
    • USD 306.15 for 2017 / CAD 306.15 for 2018
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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