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 cubs who have just emerged from their dens. 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 $13,145
When Mar-Apr
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?

  • See polar bears and cubs in the High Arctic.

  • 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 new born cubs when they emerge from their dens for the very first time.

Day by day

Day 1

Ottawa - Qikitarjuaq

Arrive into Ottawa and board your scheduled flight to Iqaluit, Baffin Island. Here you will transfer to a small charter plane for your two hour flight which will take you up to Qikitarjuaq and Basecamp, your home for the next week. Upon arrival, you will be met by your expedition team and transferred to the camp by snowmobile, where you will enjoy an orientation of the camp before dinner.

Overnight: Arctic Tented Camp D

Days 2-7

Photographing the Bears

Now that you’ve settled in at Basecamp, 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 and if you are lucky their recently born cubs. Your guides will be on the lookout for mothers and cubs as they have emerged from their dens, and walk out across the ice. 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 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

Basecamp - Qikiqtarjuaq

After a final morning breakfast at Basecamp, you’ll have one last opportunity to head out and capture a few photos before boarding your charter flight to Qikiqtarjuaq. Check in to your hotel for the evening and join your fellow adventurers for dinner.

Day 9

Qikiqtarjuaq - Iqaluit - Ottawa

After breakfast, you will transfer to Qikiqtarjuaq airport for a charter flight to Iqaluit. Upon arrival in Iqaluit, you will be met and assisted with your onward flight to Ottawa.

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 Iqaluit may vary depending on availability.

Charter flights from £2,695 per person. Charter flights are mandatory.

2018 Departures  Prices 
Mar 27 - Apr 4  From £9,595 per person
Apr 3 - Apr 11 From £9,595 per person
Apr 10 -18  From £9,595 per person
Apr 17 -25 From £9,595 per person

Please note, groups on the April 4 - 12 departure will spend their final night in Iqaluit, rather than Qikiqtarjuaq.

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