Small Group Safari

Spring Polar Bears and Icebergs of Baffin Island

Explore the Canadian High Arctic with Inuit guides in search of the great ice bears, and their cubs. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and towering icebergs, you’ll be one of an exclusive few who get to camp up here on the ice, and hopefully capture stunning images of polar bear mothers and newborn cubs as they roam across the frozen north. Relax in the evenings with the remarkable silence of the Arctic surrounding you, and lay back as the Aurora Borealis swirls through the night sky overhead.

Duration 9 days
Price From $11,250
When Mar - Apr 2019
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

Explore a part of the Arctic which very few people will ever get to experience. Camp in comfortable tents right on the ice, as you move in to the land of the ice bears. This will perhaps be the coldest environment you ever experience with the temperature rarely rising above -20°C, but the pristine white ice, and the opportunity to see polar bears up close with cubs will be one you’ll never forget. 

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Watch polar bears roam across the High Arctic.

  • Catch sight of newborn cubs accompanying their mothers, having emerged from their dens just a few weeks prior.
  • Camp on the ice and watch the Northern Lights illuminate the night sky.

  • Learn from Inuit guides and traverse the wild landscapes of the Canadian High Arctic. 

  • A true Arctic explorer’s safari

A chance to see newborn cubs roaming the sea ice with their mothers as they begin exploring their frozen home.

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Day by day

Day 1

Ottawa - Ikaluit - Qikitarjuaq

Today you'll arrive into Ottawa and board your scheduled flight to Qikitarjuaq via Iqaluit. You will be met by your expedition team upon arrival, who will then transfer you back to your hotel in time for dinner and a briefing of the trip that lays ahead.

Overnight: Arctic Tented Camp D

Days 2-7

Photographing the Bears

Rise early and transfer to your camp on the sea ice, travelling via snowmobile and qamutik, a type of traditional Inuit sled. Once you've settled into camp, you’ll start your time here with a briefing and overview from your guides. You will get to enjoy full-day explorations of the immense wilderness as Inuit guides bring you out onto the ice to locate, view and photograph magnificent polar bears. Your guides will be on the lookout for mothers and cubs as the young bears explore the wilderness with their mothers, having emerged from their dens just a few weeks earlier. With spectacular pressure ridges that rise up to 10 feet in the air, and pristine white snow as your backdrop, you’ll be sure to take some your best ever photos on this amazing trip. Back at the camp, you’ll enjoy hot lunches and dinners in the large dome tent, which serves as both a kitchen and dining area, as you chat with the other travellers and compare photographs while you warm up! Despite the cold, you’ll be in the High Arctic at the perfect time of year to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) at night, and from the middle of nowhere with no light pollution to spoil the show, you’ll be able to lay back and watch as the lights dance through the night sky.

Overnight: Arctic Tented Camp B, L, D

Day 8

Camp - Qikiqtarjuaq

After a hot breakfast, spend the morning capturing a few last memories and photographs while on the sea ice. Return to Qikiqtarjuaq and overnight at the local hotel, joining your fellow adventurers for dinner.

Day 9

Qikiqtarjuaq - Iqaluit - Ottawa

After breakfast at your hotel, it's time to leave the Arctic as you fly from Qikiqtarjuaq to Ottawa via Iqaluit. You will then be able to catch your international flight home or spend time exploring Canada's capital, depending on your arrangements.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group, set departure. Perfect for photographers, this is a real adventure into the middle of the High Arctic. Be prepared for very cold temperatures and unpredictable weather, with temperatures usually ranging from -40°C to -20°C (-40° to -4°F). 

The hotel in Qikiqtarjuaq may vary depending on availability.

Mandatory internal flights from £2,245 per person.

A polar clothing package is available from £425 per person.

 2019 Departures   Prices 
 Mar 26 - Apr 3   From £8,995 per person
 Apr 2 - 10  From £8,995 per person
 Apr 10 - 18   From £8,995 per person
 Apr 17 -25  From £8,995 per person
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