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$ 6950

Baffin Island Floe Edge: Narwhals & Polar Bears 2019

Wildlife
Wildlife
min $ 6950
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Pond Inlet
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 6950
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  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates & Prices
  • Details
  • Highlights

Overview

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.

Itinerary

day 0
Arrival in Ottawa
day 1
Travel to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
day 2
Travel to the floe edge
day 3-6
Floe Edge and Bylot Island
day 7
Return to Pond Inlet
day 8
Travel to Ottawa and beyond
day
What to Expect

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).

Dates & Prices

June 14, 2019 - June 21, 2019

All prices are per person, in Canadian Dollars (CAD) unless specified otherwise.

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    $6950.00   Based on double occupancy Price is in Canadian Dollars 5% GST is additional


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Details

What's Included

  • 2 nights in hotels, 5 nights comfortable camping near floe edge (equipment provided)
  • Ground transportation
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to lunch day 8
  • Guiding services
  • Travel by komatik (sled) to the floe edge

    What's Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare from Ottawa to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) (approximately $2,500 CAD + tax)
  • Commercial and group flights
  • Personal items
  • Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Discretionary trip cancellation and interruption insurance
  • Highlights

    • Enjoy High Arctic summer beneath the midnight sun
    • Visit the extraordinary nesting cliffs of Arctic seabirds
    • Enjoy cultural experiences in fascinating Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
    • Seek polar bear and other wildlife with Inuit guides
    • Search for and photograph the elusive narwhal
    • Camp on the floe edge to view rich marine life
    All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Adventure Canada
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