Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island
• Polar bears • Bowhead whales • All-night sunsets • Auyuittuq National Park to see massive icebergs • Admire the breathtaking landscapes and icescapes of Baffin Island.
This safari takes you through the rarely visited, spectacular landscapes of eastern Baffin Island. Glacier-capped coastlines, majestic mountain peaks, and dazzling icebergs create the perfect backdrop, while the midnight sun casts a magical glow both day and night.
See majestic polar bears swimming amongst icebergs and possibly even bowhead whales, up close and in their wild, unspoiled natural habitat. Experience the long days of Arctic summer and seemingly endless sunsets. This family-friendly expedition provides opportunities to spot polar bears and bowhead whales, taste fresh Arctic char, kayak in glacier-fed lakes, walk in Auyuittuq National Park, and pick wild Arctic blueberries.
Day 1: Ottawa > Iqaluit > Qikiqtarjuaq This safari begins in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, and connect to your flight to Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, you will fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, and the world's tallest uninterrupted vertical cliff - more than 1524 meters of sheer rock. Upon arrival in Qikiqtarjuaq, meet your expedition leader and group members, and participate in a briefing at Parks Canada. Transfer to a waiting boat for a 45-minute boat ride to your Premium Safari Camp, treading past many islands and floating icebergs. Settle into camp and enjoy a delicious meal while watching the sun dip on the horizon.
Days 2-6: Qikiqtarjuaq Take in the highlights of the area from the base camp, located in a sheltered bay. Enjoy day trips by boat to Auyuittuq National Park, where you may hike at the base of the Coronation Fiord, as well as a trip to the Penny Ice Cap glacier. Sampling fresh Arctic char, gathering fresh blueberries and blackberries nearby, and kayaking are also popular pastimes. Bowhead whales are known to frequent an area just 30 minutes to an hour from camp, while polar bears can often be spotted on islands throughout the area. In some cases, more than 20 Baffin Island polar bears can be seen on this safari! Get the chance to observe wildlife including bowhead whales and polar bears, and visit a newly discovered bowhead whale molting site.
Day 7: Qikiqtarjuaq > Iqaluit > Ottawa Enjoy breakfast before boarding the boat to travel back to Qikiqtarjuaq. Depart for Ottawa.
• Small group journey • Round-trip flight to Qikiqtarjuaq from Ottawa • Return transfers in Qikiqtarjuaq • 6 nights' Premium Safari Camp on land including all meals • Daily boat tours to wildlife viewing locations and Arctic highlights • Services of Expedition Leaders and Inuit guides and taxes
Pricing (per person) $CAD
5, 12, 19 Aug
2021 5, 12, 19 Aug
Booking conditions NB: The above 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: The above 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.