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Arctic Floe Edge Safari

Trip Length 7 days

From $10,795

  • Observe narwhal, the famed "unicorns of the sea," resting and feeding just yards away on this Arctic adventure
  • Snorkel (yes, snorkel!) and kayak among harp seals, bearded seals, ring seals, bowhead whales, beluga whales, and narwhals!
  • Ride a qamutik like the traditional Inuits and camp on the upper reaches of Baffin Island

Once you've seen Canada's Northwest Passage, wildlife viewing may never be the same. Start in the picturesque hamlet of Pond Inlet, then journey some 435 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where playful and majestic wildlife thrive. Stay in an incredible Arctic camp nestled just outside of Sirmilik National Park on a remote beach in Navy Board Inlet, with views of the Byam Martin Mountains. Just a short distance away is the floe edge, and we'll head out daily from base camp to explore by snorkel, kayak, and snowmobile with traditional Inuit wooden sleds. Tap into your inner explorer!

Day 1: Arrive in the High Arctic

Fly from Ottawa to Iqaluit, and then to Pond Inlet. Meet your trip mates and guides in this scenic hamlet surrounded by beautiful mountains, fjords, and glaciers. Transfer by private plane to the stunning camp location just outside Sirmilik National Park on a remote beach in Navy Board Inlet. Upon arrival, settle into camp a few miles from the floe edge.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Premium Safari Camp

Day 2: Venture to the Ice Floe Edge

Spend the next few days adventuring daily around the ice floe, exploring by qamutik and snowmobile. See the warming spring weather working its magic with icebergs, small "bergy bits," and playful seals poking their heads up out of the water. Have plenty of time for unhurried observation and impressive Arctic photography. Be prepared for lots of surprises!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Premium Safari Camp

Days 3-5: Explore the Floe Edge

Be amazed at the greatest highlight of the trip - the opportunity to observe a wide variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. On the floe edge, look for narwhals, bowhead whales, polar bears on the prowl for seals sunning themselves, and possibly walrus and beluga whales. In Bylot Island uplands, keep an eye out for Arctic foxes and hares, weasels, collared lemmings, snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, and gyrfalcons.

Kayaking and snorkeling will be offered, weather depending, on most full days at the floe edge with the guidance of your trip leader. Staff will keep a lookout for wildlife from the ice floe to maximize opportunities to see animals underwater.

Have the chance to explore fascinating Thule sites, including their traditional tent rings. Learn about the history and culture of the ancient ancestors of modern Inuit.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Premium Safari Camp

Day 6: Return to Pond Inlet

Take in your last day in the High Arctic wilderness. Depart camp by private plane and return to the Arctic hamlet of Pond Inlet in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner and cultural performances by Inuit locals including traditional throat-singing, drum dancing, and storytelling by elders.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sauniq Hotel

Day 7: Fly to Ottawa

Bid farewell to your trip mates and prepare for warmer climes on your southbound flights to Iqaluit (2.5 hours) then onward to Ottawa (3 hours.) Plan to overnight in Ottawa to allow for any possible delays in returning from the Arctic.

  • Breakfast

May 25 - 31, 2019

May 31, 2019 - Jun 06, 2019

Jun 06 - 12, 2019

Jun 12 - 18, 2019

Jun 18 - 24, 2019

pricing

2019 Pricing
All prices are per person in double occupancy, $USD

$10,795  Land Cost  + 5% GST Canada tax
$2,970  Internal Flights: Ottawa-Iqaluit-Pond Inlet (and return)  - subject to change   + 13% HST Canada tax
 

• Single Supplement is 1.8x the Land Cost. (No single supplement applies if reserved as 'willing to share' with same gender roommate)

• $2,000  Non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.

• Final Payment due 120 days prior to departure date.

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Premium Safari Camp — Floe Edge

Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic. The modern, specially designed yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home away from home in one of the world's most remote, yet breathtaking places.

Sleep quarters are spacious and warm with over 10’ cathedral ceilings. The yurt-style safari sleep structures are 16’ in diameter and are entered via a lockable door. Configurations with either two twin beds or one king size bed are available. Each bed is complete with mattress duvets, pillows, and a warm comforter. No detail has been overlooked - from large windows that give a 360 degree view, to coat hooks, cozy rugs, and heaters for those that would like it a little toastier, our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

Sauniq Hotel — Pond Inlet

The Sauniq Hotel is renowned for its hospitality and traditional Inuit cuisine the world over. The experienced staff are knowledgeable about the local tours, wildlife spotting and best hiking locations in the area. The associations with the local co-operative and experienced outfitters will help guarantee that your stay in Pond Inlet is comfortable and convenient.

"What a trip! Narwhals, Bowheads and Polar Bears! It was just amazing to be in the presence of these incredible creatures in the land of the midnight sun! It was warmer than expected and the group really got along well which made the trip even better!" Kim Ciesla

  • Observe narwhal, the famed "unicorns of the sea," resting and feeding just yards away on this Arctic adventure
  • Snorkel (yes, snorkel!) and kayak among harp seals, bearded seals, ring seals, bowhead whales, beluga whales, and narwhals!
  • Ride a qamutik like the traditional Inuits and camp on the upper reaches of Baffin Island

Once you've seen Canada's Northwest Passage, wildlife viewing may never be the same. Start in the picturesque hamlet of Pond Inlet, then journey some 435 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where playful and majestic wildlife thrive. Stay in an incredible Arctic camp nestled just outside of Sirmilik National Park on a remote beach in Navy Board Inlet, with views of the Byam Martin Mountains. Just a short distance away is the floe edge, and we'll head out daily from base camp to explore by snorkel, kayak, and snowmobile with traditional Inuit wooden sleds. Tap into your inner explorer!

reviews

"What a trip! Narwhals, Bowheads and Polar Bears! It was just amazing to be in the presence of these incredible creatures in the land of the midnight sun! It was warmer than expected and the group really got along well which made the trip even better!" Kim Ciesla

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the High Arctic

Fly from Ottawa to Iqaluit, and then to Pond Inlet. Meet your trip mates and guides in this scenic hamlet surrounded by beautiful mountains, fjords, and glaciers. Transfer by private plane to the stunning camp location just outside Sirmilik National Park on a remote beach in Navy Board Inlet. Upon arrival, settle into camp a few miles from the floe edge.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Premium Safari Camp

Day 2: Venture to the Ice Floe Edge

Spend the next few days adventuring daily around the ice floe, exploring by qamutik and snowmobile. See the warming spring weather working its magic with icebergs, small "bergy bits," and playful seals poking their heads up out of the water. Have plenty of time for unhurried observation and impressive Arctic photography. Be prepared for lots of surprises!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Premium Safari Camp

Days 3-5: Explore the Floe Edge

Be amazed at the greatest highlight of the trip - the opportunity to observe a wide variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. On the floe edge, look for narwhals, bowhead whales, polar bears on the prowl for seals sunning themselves, and possibly walrus and beluga whales. In Bylot Island uplands, keep an eye out for Arctic foxes and hares, weasels, collared lemmings, snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, and gyrfalcons.

Kayaking and snorkeling will be offered, weather depending, on most full days at the floe edge with the guidance of your trip leader. Staff will keep a lookout for wildlife from the ice floe to maximize opportunities to see animals underwater.

Have the chance to explore fascinating Thule sites, including their traditional tent rings. Learn about the history and culture of the ancient ancestors of modern Inuit.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Premium Safari Camp

Day 6: Return to Pond Inlet

Take in your last day in the High Arctic wilderness. Depart camp by private plane and return to the Arctic hamlet of Pond Inlet in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner and cultural performances by Inuit locals including traditional throat-singing, drum dancing, and storytelling by elders.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sauniq Hotel

Day 7: Fly to Ottawa

Bid farewell to your trip mates and prepare for warmer climes on your southbound flights to Iqaluit (2.5 hours) then onward to Ottawa (3 hours.) Plan to overnight in Ottawa to allow for any possible delays in returning from the Arctic.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Premium Safari Camp — Floe Edge

Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic. The modern, specially designed yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home away from home in one of the world's most remote, yet breathtaking places.

Sleep quarters are spacious and warm with over 10’ cathedral ceilings. The yurt-style safari sleep structures are 16’ in diameter and are entered via a lockable door. Configurations with either two twin beds or one king size bed are available. Each bed is complete with mattress duvets, pillows, and a warm comforter. No detail has been overlooked - from large windows that give a 360 degree view, to coat hooks, cozy rugs, and heaters for those that would like it a little toastier, our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

Sauniq Hotel — Pond Inlet

The Sauniq Hotel is renowned for its hospitality and traditional Inuit cuisine the world over. The experienced staff are knowledgeable about the local tours, wildlife spotting and best hiking locations in the area. The associations with the local co-operative and experienced outfitters will help guarantee that your stay in Pond Inlet is comfortable and convenient.

Dates and Pricing

May 25 - 31, 2019

May 31, 2019 - Jun 06, 2019

Jun 06 - 12, 2019

Jun 12 - 18, 2019

Jun 18 - 24, 2019

pricing

2019 Pricing
All prices are per person in double occupancy, $USD

$10,795  Land Cost  + 5% GST Canada tax
$2,970  Internal Flights: Ottawa-Iqaluit-Pond Inlet (and return)  - subject to change   + 13% HST Canada tax
 

• Single Supplement is 1.8x the Land Cost. (No single supplement applies if reserved as 'willing to share' with same gender roommate)

• $2,000  Non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.

• Final Payment due 120 days prior to departure date.

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 7 days

From $10,795

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