Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari
Experience the classic spring floe edge where you may have the opportunity to view polar bears, narwhal and icebergs under the Midnight Sun. Travel to the northern reaches of Baffin Island where the sea ice meets the open water, and marine mammals and other wildlife congregate at the floe edge - also known as the "line of life". Revel in the stunning landscapes of towering granite cliffs, glaciers and icebergs at a 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.
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: • Experience the floe edge - also known as the "line of life" • Observe the iconic tusked narwhal as they swim & feed near the floe edge • Opportunities to view polar bears, bearded seals, ringed seals, walrus, bowhead whales, & beluga • Experience the 24-hour daylight of the Midnight Sun in the early Arctic summer • Transfers to camp offer an opportunity to take in breathtaking views!
TENTED SAFARI CAMP ON ICE: While it may appear like a basic tented camp from the outside, the Tented Safari Camp continually surprises and exceeds guest's expectations with its roomy and warm interior. The sleep tents are large and spacious with a large entrance vestibule, ample standing room and space for all your camera gear and luggage. The 'Tented Safari Camp' will be set on the sea ice. This allows for an authentic Arctic experience in this remote location, which provides the best opportunity for rare polar bear sightings. The sleep tents feature steep sidewalls, 14m2 of livable space and a ceiling height of more than 2m.
There is more than enough room to ensure two guests and all their gear stays warm and dry. The large entrance vestibule creates an additional 46 square feet of storage space. All sleep tents contain two twin metal frame beds with mattresses, duvets, comforters and fullsize pillows. The insulated double walls of the tent act as a greenhouse, keeping you warm on the coldest nights. A heater is also provided to ensure you have warm, comfortable accommodation.
Day 1: Ottawa > Pond Inlet > Eclipse Sound Upon landing in Pond Inlet, you will 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. You will experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice. The journey's time will vary depending on ice conditions but will include some breathtaking views and a stop for dinner and hot beverages. You will then continue your journey to our Arctic Safari Camp, which will be set up a few kilometres back from the floe edge
Days 2 - 6: Eclipse Sound During the next few days, excursions will 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 among 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: Eclipse Sound > Pond Inlet > Iqaluit 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: Iqaluit > Pond Inlet > Ottawa 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.
• Small group journey • Round trip flights Ottawa to Pond Inlet • All transportation for duration of stay in camp in Pond Inlet and Iqaluit • 6 nights' in tented Safari Camp on ice and 1 night in an Iqaluit hotel • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches 7 snacks and 7 dinners • Use of kayaks, dry suit, mask, fin, hood and gloves for snorkelling • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff.
Pricing (per person) $CAD
18, 26 May
3, 11 Jun
18, 26 May
Booking conditions NB: This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when travelling to any Arctic location
NB: This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when travelling to any Arctic location