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.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
8 Days
Price
£12330
When
May - Jun 2020
Destination
Arctic Canada
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £12330 May - Jun 2020 Arctic Canada Small Group Safari
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About this trip

Experience the High Arctic by spending time at the floe edge - 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 watch as marine mammals and other wildlife congregate at the floe edge – also known as the “line of life”.

Guided by Inuit and travelling in small groups of just 8 – 16 travellers, journey to the floe edge for days of discovery, possible narwhal watching and the chance to see a variety of seabirds, polar bears, seals and possibly beluga and bowhead whales. If you are lucky enough to encounter narwhal, they may appear in pods from one to hundreds as they rest and feed just metres from the floe edge.

Perfect for families, first-time visitors to the Arctic, and also professional photographers looking for the ultimate floe edge experience, watching narwhal, and chance to see polar bears in the wild.

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.

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A 7-day narwhal and polar bear safari in Arctic Canada

from $16,152 per person, excluding international flights and charter flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Ottawa - Pond Inlet

Once you have landed in Pond Inlet (flight times to be determined) you will be greeted by your local representative before being transferred to your hotel. Once settled, join your Expedition Leader for your trip briefing and enjoy a hot dinner.

Please note – we recommend arriving into Ottawa the day before if you are renting a polar clothing package to ensure you can try everything on and make sure it fits.

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Day 2

Pond Inlet – Eclipse Sound

After breakfast, you will have an orientation from Parks Canada and meet your guides on the beach in preparation for your departure to camp on Eclipse Sound. You will travel to your Arctic Safari Camp by qamutik, a traditional Inuit wooden sled pulled behind a snowmobile. The journey time will vary depending on the ice and weather conditions. During this unique journey into the wilderness, experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice and be sure to take in your beautiful surroundings on your tea/coffee stops! The Arctic Safari Camp will be pitched a few kilometres back from the floe edge. Spend your first evening settling into your tented accommodation and enjoy a group dinner before some well-earned rest.

Overnight: Arctic Tented Camp (B, L, D)

Days 3-6

Floe Edge - Pond Inlet

During your time in the High Arctic, you will have the opportunity to go on excursions to the floe edge in search of wildlife. You will travel in small groups, either by snowmobile and/or qamutik, and engage in a variety of activities both on land and sea. For those that are willing to brave the cold waters there is the possibility to snorkel and sea kayak amongst the sea ice, weather permitting. If you are lucky enough you may even encounter whales in the water with you.

For many guests, the greatest highlight of this safari is the opportunity to observe a variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. Sightings may include narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales, seals and polar bears. Additionally, migratory birds are also in abundance in the area and if the weather conditions are right you may get the chance to visit Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where over 200,000 birds choose to nest each year. If you are a keen birder then we recommend the earlier departure dates!

Please be sensitive to the local culture here and understand that some hunting practices you may not be used to are still common here.

Overnight: Arctic Tented Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7

Eclipse Sound - Pond Inlet

Today you will depart camp via snowmobile and qamutik and travel back to Pond Inlet.

This afternoon, you are free to explore the village of Pond Inlet. We highly recommend a visit to the Nattinnak Visitors Centre, located on the bluff, as it is home to an excellent exhibit of the region’s natural history. In addition, the Co-op Store, which has a selection of native carvings and locally made crafts and the Northern Store, historically referred to as ‘The Bay’ are well worth a visit. There may be the opportunity to learn about and buy these local carvings and crafts directly from local artisits!

Enjoy your final evening in Pond Inlet with a special Inuit cultural presentation.

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Day 8

Pond Inlet - Ottawa

It’s time to bid farewell to the Arctic this morning. Wake up in time for breakfast, then check out of your hotel. Your local representative will transfer you to the airport for your flights to Ottawa. We recommend you arrange your international flight for the next day in case of weather delays – this is the Arctic after all!

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TRIP DETAILS

DATES AND PRICES

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

Charter flights from Ottawa to Pond Inlet are included in the price of the safari.

An optional Polar Clothing Package is also available for purchase, speak to your destination specialist for more details. 

Trip date
May 15 - May 22 2020 May 22 - May 29 2020 May 29 - Jun 05 2020 Jun 05 - Jun 12 2020 Jun 12 - Jun 19 2020

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