Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari

Narwhal and Polar bear safari.
The ultimate High Arctic experience

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  • Observe the tusked narwhal, from pods of one to hundreds, while they rest and feed just meters from the floe edge.

  • Possible viewing opportunities for polar bears, harp seals, bearded seals, ring seals and bowhead whales.

  • Visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which attracts over 200,000 birds.

  • Journey by snowmobile and qamutik to traditional Inuit hunting grounds.

  • Snorkel and kayak amongst the sea ice, with the possible presence of whales.


Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari overview

This exhilarating narwhal and polar bear tour will take you to the northern reaches of Nunavut when the sea ice is melting and marine mammals along with other Arctic wildlife can be found travelling north along the floe edge where food is concentrated. Pods of narwhal can be spotted resting only meters from the edge while an incredible variety of sea birds, including Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, and Ivory Gulls, fly overhead. Polar bears and seals may also be spotted at times swimming or resting on ice packs during 24 hours of sunlight. If you are lucky, you may also observe bowhead and beluga whales that also frequent the area.

Narwhals are very shy. They have a sensitive nature and excellent echolocation. You can see hundreds passing by the ice edge, but when you slip into the water, you may never see one.

Paul Nicklen on assignment with NG

Itinerary

Each day we will travel by snowmobile and qamutik (an Inuit sled pulled by snowmobile) to the floe edge for full days of discovery. Hiking on the land, watching icicles break off cobalt-blue glaciers, gazing up at thousands of birds flying over the nearby cliffs, and drinking refreshing glacial melt-water are just a few of the unique activities you will experience on our Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari. Our local Inuit guides will also share stories and explain the traditional ways of Inuit life for a full Arctic immersion.

Those who are more adventurous may also wish to take part in a snorkelling option. Although we never intentionally swim with the whales, narwhals are inquisitive often curiously approaching snorkellers, swimming to within 3 meters. While on their backs they may take a quick look, as if almost saying “hello”, and then circle below and away – an exhilarating and unforgettable moment for those who get to experience it!

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Premium Safari Camp

Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic.
The modern, specially designed yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home in one of the world's most remote, yet breathtaking places.

Nestled between the majestic mountains of Baffin Island and Bylot Island, our Arctic Safari Camp provides a comfortable home-away-from-home and a perfect respite after an exciting day spent out on the floe edge. Located just outside of Sirmilik National Park, (which means “place of glaciers”) near Pond Inlet, our camp enjoys a striking backdrop of towering granite cliffs and glistening glaciers. 

Sleep quarters are spacious and warm with over 10’ cathedral ceilings. The yurt-style safari sleep structures are 16’ in diameter and are entered via a lockable door. Configurations with either two twin beds or one king size bed are available. Each bed is complete with mattress duvets, pillows, and a warm comforter. No detail has been overlooked - from large windows that give a 360 degree view, to coat hooks, cozy rugs, and heaters for those that would like it a little toastier, our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

Other Premium Safari Camp Features:

  • Large and spacious dining/lounge area with central fireplace, stove, and 24 hour buffet with snacks and drinks.
  • Shared washroom facility with on demand hot water sinks and showers.

This camp may be set up on land or directly on ice, depending on location and time of year.

 2017 Dates

21 May -  28 May 2017
28 May - 04 June 1 2017
04 June - 11 June 2017
11 June - 18 June 2017

 Trip Length

8 Days / 7 Nights

Price

USD $9,995 + 5% GST from Pond Inlet,based on double occupancy


2017 Single Supplement

x 1.8.
Request to share when booking and you won't pay the single supplement.

2017 Air Package

Return flights from Ottawa (YOW) to Pond Inlet (YIO) USD $3,160 + $410.80 in taxes As there are a limited number of seats available that conveniently connect with our trip departure dates, we encourage you to book and pay for this flight package at the same time as you book your trip. Prices are in USD


Group Size

8 - 16


Location

Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

Included

- Services of Inuit guides and professional expedition staff
- Unlimited use of kayaks
- All transportation for duration of trip
- All accommodations from Pond Inlet (1 night in Pond Inlet; 5 nights in a Premium Safari Camp and 1 night in Iqaluit)
- All meals while in camp, a welcome dinner in Pond Inlet, a lunch in Pond Inlet and breakfast and dinner in Iqaluit
- Drysuit, mask, fins, hood, gloves for snorkelling
- Return transfers in Pond Inlet

Not Included

- Return flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa
- Accommodation in Ottawa
- Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
 - Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
 - Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa

NB This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when travelling to any Arctic location.

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