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!
Observe narwhals, the famed "unicorns of the sea," resting and feeding just yards away
Snorkel (yes snorkel!) and kayak among many species of seals, whales, and narwhals
Ride a traditional Inuit qamutiks and camp on the upper reaches of Baffin Island
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.
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!
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.
With the guidance of your trip leader and support staff, choose to kayak and snorkel in amazing Arctic waters. Kayaking and snorkeling will be offered, weather depending, on most full days at the floe edge. 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.
Migratory birds abound in the area, including pure white ivory gulls, gaudy king eider ducks, low flying northern fulmars, thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, and greater snow geese (kanguq). Ice conditions permitting, have the opportunity to visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where over 200,000 birds choose to nest.
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.
Bid farewell to your trip mates and prepare for warmer climes on your southbound flights to Iqaluit then onward to Ottawa. Plan to overnight in Ottawa to allow for any possible delays in returning from the Arctic.
MT Sobek's Polar Value Promise means that we offer in-house services to help plan and execute you polar adventure for no added cost.
Over 30 years offering active polar experiences we have built strong relationships with the best Arctic outfitters. Enjoy our expert personalized service.
This adventure is the best way to see Arctic wildlife up-close in a low-impact way and to support local Inuit economies.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Wildlife viewing on the floe edge with opportunities to snorkel with narwhals, kayak (included in trip price), snowmobile, and explore indigenous sites on Arctic walks.
Arctic safari camp includes comfortable and insulated yurts on an Arctic beach in Navy Board Inlet. Spend one night at Pond Inlet's relaxing Sauniq Hotel.
Daytime temperatures from 23-50F with lower temperatures in May departures compared to June. The air is very dry and expect 24-hour sunlight.
Plan to arrive in Ottawa on the day before Day 1. Hotel accommodation is not included in Ottawa as there are many choices. We will provide a list of recommendations.
Begin in Ottawa with a morning flight to Iqaluit. Have a short layover, then board a flight to Pond Inlet. Meet your guide in Pond Inlet. Fly to camp.
There are very limited options for commercial flights in the Canadian North, so flight prices are very high. We have access to negotiated rates that are lower than booking direct.
Snorkeling gear and dry suits including hood and gloves are included in the trip cost. Snorkel from ice floes with the guide monitoring. Most guests snorkel about 10-30 minutes.
For the premium yurts, bathrooms are shared with waterless toilets and on-demand hot water sinks and showers. Deluxe yurts with private en-suite bathrooms are available with an upgrade fee.
There is a Polar Clothing Rental Package with top-of-the-line Arctic outerwear available for a fee. Insulating outer layers are most important. Regular ski jackets and ski pants are not suitable.
Make any of our trips a custom adventure or start from scratch. Take two itineraries and match them up to create a unique third. Add extras and extensions and more...if you can imagine it, we can make it happen!
"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!"
MT Sobek Guest, Arctic Floe Edge Safari
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