• Juvenile Beluga Playing in front of Arctic Watch

About Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Located 800 km north of the Arctic Circle on the shores of the Northwest Passage is the most northerly fly-in lodge on earth - Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. Situated on the banks of the Cunningham River on Somerset Island, Nunavut, where one of the largest beluga congregations in the world occurs, Arctic Watch is an off-the-grid basecamp built to withstand arctic weather. There are no permanent human residents on the 25,000 sq. km island and normal daytime temperatures range from 6° to 14°C.

The wildlife here is spectacular and is home to one of the biggest beluga nurseries on earth. Woolly muskox roam the tundra, snowy owls patrol for lemmings, arctic foxes try feverishly to raise pups before the winter darkness closes in, and perpetually hungry polar bears roam the island waiting for the sea ice to return so they can hunt for seals and whales. 

Belugas Frolicking in the Water, Arctic Canada | © Arctic Watch

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge Details


The most northerly fly-in lodge, Arctic Watch is an off-the-grid basecamp.


Situated on the banks of the Cunningham River on Somerset Island, Nunavut, and close to one of the biggest beluga nurseries on earth. 

Accommodation & Facilities

There are 16 private guest cabins, each equipped with thick duvets atop queen beds and wash facilities to ensure proper rest. The main complex houses a common area with a lounge and dining room, and also the showers! A generator provides electricity to the cabins from early morning until 11:00 pm. There’s no electricity at night, not that you need it under the midnight sun.


Experience gourmet fare inspired by every province from locally sourced Arctic Char and Baffin Bay turbot to Alberta Organic Beef, French Canadian cheeses, and more.


Guests can use the sea and river kayaks, paddleboards, river rafts, ATVs, and fat bikes to explore the epic landscape. It is a great place to embark on a paddle through history as you take your kayak through the unspoiled waters of the high arctic - you will notice playful belugas dart around you, curious seals investigate you, and the majestic landscape that surrounds you. Look across the Northwest Passage and imagine the many perilous expeditions that fought to conquer it. 

Child Policy

Please speak with us about the child policy for this lodge.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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