Kings of the Arctic: Polar Bears Bowhead Whales & Walrus

Kings of the Arctic: Polar Bears Bowhead Whales & Walrus

7 Days / 6 Nights Round trip from Ottawa

Price from$9,995

On this small group journey you'll explore by boat the spectacular polar environment of Foxe Basin that is brimming with electric blue pack-ice formations and magnificent wildlife. From captivating scenes of glistening ice and mirror-smooth waters, to sightings of bowhead whales as they swim past your boat, walrus basking in the sun and polar bears on nearby ice packs, there are incredible wonders to see at every angle.

Kings of the Arctic: Polar Bears Bowhead Whales & Walrus map

Day 1: Ottawa > Iqaluit > Igloolik Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit and then connect with your flight to Igloolik, the oldest Inuit settlement in Canada. Upon arrival in Igloolik, meet your Arctic Kingdom expedition leader and group members and transfer to camp. After a brief orientation talk and equipment check, we'll set off on a 30 to 60 minute trip to camp via snowmobiles and qamutik, a traditional Inuit wooden freight sled. After unloading our equipment, we'll settle into our tents and meet for a hot meal followed by an itinerary briefing by your expedition leader.

Day 2 - 6: Igloolik The next few days will vary depending on weather and the movements of the Arctic animals we've come to observe. Our first visit to the floe edge will allow us to familiarize ourselves with this fascinating environment. We'll enjoy daily boat rides on the Arctic Ocean in search of bowheads and walrus that can be found in this area in countless numbers. We may see the enormous walrus in piles on ice or bowheads spy-hopping as we cruise past. Sit back, relax, and breathe in the fresh air while admiring the awe-inspiring sights or take advantage of excellent photographic opportunities.

As we make our way further into the Foxe Basin across tranquil waters, we'll come upon large floating islands of ice platforms for sunning walrus and a variety of seals "“ harp, bearded and ring. Be on the lookout for polar bears swimming in the waters or hunting for seals. We may even catch them lounging on ice pans. The bright sun reflecting off the crystal-clear, flat water is an enthralling part of a perfect Arctic summer day.

We'll delight in excursions on the island to discover both ancient and modern-day Inuit settlements. We'll also have a chance to admire the vibrant Arctic wildflowers and the wide variety of birds that migrate to the islands during the summer months.

Day 7: Igloolik > Iqaluit > Ottawa Today, we pack up our gear and make our way back to Igloolik, where the safari ends. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Iqaluit and on to Ottawa. Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the early evening.

Please note: 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.

Accommodation - Tented Safari Camp on land The Tented Safari Camp may appear like a tented camp from the outside, but on the inside, it continually surprises and delights all guests as it is well-appointed, roomy, and warm.

Complete with a central dining/lounge area for you to dine and relax in and shared washrooms with hot showers, the Tented Safari Camp makes the most remote areas accessible and comfortable.

Specially designed for Arctic Kingdom, the sleep tents are large and spacious at over 7' feet tall, with 140 sq feet of living space. They have large doorways that you can walk into with ample standing room and space for all your cameras and luggage.

All sleep tents contain two beds with mattresses, duvets, comforters, and full size pillows. With double walls, the tents act as a greenhouse under the 24 hour sun and will keep you warm on the coolest days.

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

• Services of Arctic Kingdom Expedition Leader and Inuit guide • All accommodations in itinerary (6 nights in a standard Safari Tented Camp on land) • All day trips by land or boat • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and snacks, 6 dinners • Return airport transfers in Igloolik

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2018

Tour Price

Taxes

Return flights Ottawa to Igloolik

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$9,995

$500

$3,472

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$17,990

$900

Departs

2018 Departures Jul 4, 11

Booking conditions

•Group Size: 10. Average Temperature: +5 to + 10 Celsius. Daylight Hours: 24 Hours • All guests are required to complete a Reservation Form and Medical Profile. The Reservation Form must be completed at time of booking and the Medical Profile must be completed within 150 days of the trip departure date. • A deposit of 30% is required upon booking. Full payment is due 150 days prior to departure. • We recommend pre and post tour accommodation in Ottawa. Ask World Journeys for prices

Single Traveler If you are a single traveler who requests at time of booking to share accommodations with a fellow traveler of the same gender, we will try to match you. IF NO MATCH BECOMES AVAILABLE, A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT WILL NOT BE CHARGED. If you would prefer a single room/accommodation, you will be charged the single supplement. Single accommodation may not always be available on all trips. We cannot guarantee single accommodations even after reservations and confirmations of trip bookings have been made.

Responsible Tourism Tourism and film production can be a real boon to local Arctic communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. World Journeys work with companies who practice responsible tourism. Everything, from the way they plan and operate their trips is geared toward making a positive impact on the regions visited. Our Arctic journeys are designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; local guides and local drivers are used, local produce (whenever possible) are bought, and local services are used, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economy and the host communities. We are continually reassessing our trips, trying at all times to ensure that they are socially, economically, and environmentally sound.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Round trip flight Ottawa to Igloolik • Accommodation in Ottawa • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Igloolik, Iqaluit or Ottawa • Polar Clothing Rental Package