Rugged mountains, stunning glaciers, northern seabirds, narwhals, and Inuit culture await us on a truly amazing Baffin Island Arctic tour.
Wildlife is returning to this very rich area of the Arctic as the summer dawns. There are northern birds in abundance, including thick-billed murre, black-legged kittiwake, and king and common eiders. We may see Sabine’s and Thayer’s gulls, red-throated loons, or even all-white ivory gulls!
The mixing of ocean currents makes for very rich marine life. We hope to see several species of seals, and the amazing spiral-tusked narwhal. With luck we may see polar bear or the endangered bowhead whale. Remote wilderness, Arctic landscapes, northern wildlife, and fascinating culture promise to make this the trip of a lifetime.
Participants will need to be in Ottawa the night prior to our flight to Pond Inlet. We are happy to help arrange this night in Ottawa. If schedules allow, we can meet for an evening meal in Ottawa. Those arriving early may enjoy a visit the Canadian Museum of Nature before dinner. We’ll overnight in Ottawa.
We meet for breakfast before heading to the Ottawa airport. From there we fly to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) at the northern tip of Baffin Island. After a plane change in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, we should arrive in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) in the afternoon.
After dinner we will have plenty of time for a walk around—the sun does not set at this time of year! We’ll spend the night in a hotel in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet).
In the morning we will explore the nearby shoreline, tundra and ponds. After lunch, we will depart for the floe edge by komatik—a lashed wooden sled pulled behind a snowmobile. En route, we may view icebergs frozen in place.
At the floe edge the winter ice meets the open waters of Baffin Bay. Migrating wildlife is concentrated here. We should have wonderful opportunities to photograph, and birding at the floe edge should be superb!
Our daily activities will depend on the location of the floe edge and weather conditions. We will use a camp near the floe edge for these nights.
Bylot Island is part of Sirmilik National Park. If conditions permit, we will travel to the seabird colony north of Cape Graham Moore. We will likely spend most of our time at the floe edge, hoping for narwhal, bowhead, walrus, various seals—even polar bear!
After a final morning at the floe edge, we leave our camp for our return to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). On our journey we’ll view the towering cliffs of Bylot Island—plus the spectacular landscape of mountains and massive glaciers.
We arrive in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) in the afternoon in time for dinner and a possible final walk around town in the evening. Night in Pond Inlet.
We have breakfast then catch our flight to Iqaluit where we change planes and continue to Ottawa, arriving in the afternoon, usually with time to catch connecting flights home.
We will head home with many fond memories from this amazing adventure in the land of the midnight sun!
Early June is still cold in the Arctic. Temperatures may not be much above freezing and it could snow, but warm layered clothing along with the waterproof boots should keep you warm. It is usually sunny though and the sun is up twenty-four hours, so bring sunscreen. We will provide all of the necessary camping equipment including a warm sleeping bag for the nights camping.
Our daily activities will be focused on looking for and watching birds and other wildlife at the floe edge or on the tundra, but we won’t hesitate to enjoy other aspects of the natural and cultural history of this area.
While we have outlined the detailed itinerary, this schedule and our daily activities will be very dependent on the daily weather and ice conditions as well as possible schedule changes from the airline. In addition, we cannot guarantee single occupancy in our hotel in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet).
All prices are per person, in Canadian Dollars (CAD) unless specified otherwise.
$6950.00 Based on double occupancy Price is in Canadian Dollars 5% GST is additional
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