• Narwhal tusks, Arctic Canada safari

Itinerary Summary

Duration
8 Days
Price
£12030
When
May - Jun 2021
Destination
Arctic Canada
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £12030 May - Jun 2021 Arctic Canada Small Group Safari
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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.

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 8-day narwhal and polar bear safari in Arctic Canada

from $15,338 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Ottawa - Pond Inlet - Eclipse Sound

Once you have landed in Pond Inlet (flight times to be determined) you will be greeted by your Expedition Leader for your trip briefing and 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 whilst stopping for dinner and hot drinks on the way! Continue on to the Arctic Safari Camp which will be pitched a few kilometres back from the floe edge. 

Overnight: Tented Safari Camp (D)

Days 2-6

Floe Edge

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: Tented Safari Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7

Eclipse Sound - Pond Inlet - Iqualuit

Today you will depart camp via snowmobile and qamutik and travel back to Pond Inlet, from where you will fly to Iqualuit. Enjoy your final evening in Iqualuit with a special Inuit cultural presentation.

 

Day 8

Iqualuit- Ottawa

It’s time to bid farewell to the Arctic this morning. Wake up in time for breakfast, then check out of your hotel. You will have a chance to experience the local highlights before your transfer 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!

 

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.

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.

An optional Polar Clothing Package is also available for purchase (approximately £455).

Trip date
May 18 - May 25 2021 May 26 - Jun 02 2021 Jun 03 - Jun 10 2021 Jun 11 - Jun 18 2021
Trip date
May 16 - May 23 2022 May 24 - May 31 2022 Jun 01 - Jun 08 2022 Jun 09 - Jun 16 2022
Polar bear cubs, Arctic

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