Small Group Safari

Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari

A uniquely wild safari giving you the opportunity to spot polar bears in their natural habitat and even swim with narwhals in Arctic Canada.

Duration 7 Days
Price From $10,200
When May - Jun 2019
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

Camping out on the flow edge, southeast of Bylot Island, this extraordinary safari gives you the chance to do things few would dare to dream of: track polar bears on foot; swim with narwhals, the unicorns of the sea; enjoy lunch beneath cliffs peppered with thousands of seabirds; play in huge icebergs that protrude from the ice and kayak the icy cold Arctic waters of Baffin Bay. Staying at the Arctic Safari Camp, live in absolute comfort as you explore the Arctic wilderness with expert guides and locals whose knowledge of the area is second to none.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Explore the Arctic wilderness by snowmobile and qamutik.
  • Watch hunting polar bears and swim with narwhals.
  • Snorkel and kayak with whales.
  • Camp just a few kilometres from the floe edge.

Witness wild polar bears and the little-known unicorns of the sea!

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Pond Inlet

This morning you transfer from your hotel in Ottawa to the airport for your 9am flight to Iqaluit. You will then catch a connecting flight to Pond Inlet, which departs at around 2pm and stops off quickly at Clyde River on the way. This flight is a wonderful introduction to the sprawling Arctic landscape, and you will often meet your fellow safari goers on the flight. Upon landing in Pond Inlet at approximately 5:30pm, you will be welcomed by our local representative and transferred to a comfortable hotel. During dinner later in the evening, your expedition leader and lead Inuit guide will give a briefing and perform a gear check. After dinner, enjoy a truly authentic cultural presentation of Inuit throat singing, drum dancing and storytelling by local elders.

Overnight: Arctic Canada D

Days 2-5

Floe Edge

After meeting your guide on Day 2, you will be informed about the area and polar bear safety before departing towards the floe edge, southeast of Bylot Island. Your bags will be packed onto your qamutik (a traditional wooden sled with suspension seats) and you’re off. This exhilarating start means you experience the landscape close-up, and it seems unbelievable that you are travelling on thick ice which in just a few weeks will be gone for the summer. During these summer months the sun never dips below the horizon and all sense of time is easily lost during your adventure. You'll spend the next few days venturing out into the Arctic wilderness by snowmobile and qamutik. At the floe edge you will watch the Arctic wildlife come to life, spotting eider ducks and murres and keeping your eyes peeled for walrus and curious seals poking their heads out of the water. Capture some wonderful photos of the icebergs and stunning colours of the landscapes.

Overnight: Arctic Safari Camp B, L, D

Day 6

Floe Edge - Pond Inlet

After breakfast you depart camp via qamutik and head back to Pond Inlet where you can enjoy lunch and change out of your expedition layers ready for your onward journey. If you have purchased the return flight package from Ottawa to Pond Inlet, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Iqaluit. Here, you will spend the night at Iqaluit hotel.

Overnight: Arctic Canada B

Day 7

Pond Inlet - Ottawa

Wake up in time for breakfast, then say your goodbyes and check out of your hotel. Your local representative will transfer you to the airport for your morning flight to Ottawa (if you have purchased the optional flight package).

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a specialist-led small group departure with a group size of 8 -16.

2019 Departures (May)  2019 Departures (June)
May 13 - 19 June 1 - 7
May 14 - 20 June 6 - 12
May 19 - 25 June 7 - 13
May 20 - 26 June 12 - 18
May 25 - 31 June 13 - 19
May 26 - Jun 1 June 18 - 24
May 31 - Jun 6 June 19 - 25

Mandatory charter flights will cost from £2,245 per person. Please not that the cost of these flights is not included in the price of the safari.

An optional Polar Clothing Package is also available from £425 per person.

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