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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.
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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
Trip Type:
  • Small Group
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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

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  • 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

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.

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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Please add 5% sales tax from Qikiqtarjuaq.

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
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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