Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari

Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari

8 Days/7 Nights Roundtrip from Ottawa

Price from$13,882

On this small group journey you'll see the elusive and mystical narwhal! Experience the classic spring floe edge to view polar bears and icebergs under the midnight sun. Travel to the northern reaches of Baffin Island when the sea ice begins to melt, and marine mammals and other wildlife congregate at the floe edge. Dramatic landscapes and a fascinating and thriving eco-system welcome you for your chance to view pods of narwhal, a variety of sea birds, polar bears, seals, and possibly bowhead whales and beluga.

You'll stay 5 nights at the Arctic Kingdom Premium Safari Camp, inspired by African mobile safari camps, this 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. 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, the Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari map

Day 1: Ottawa > Iqaluit > Pond Inlet Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit in the morning at approximately 9:00 am. You will then catch a connecting flight to Pond Inlet, which departs at around 2:00 pm. Upon landing in Pond Inlet at approximately 5:30 pm, you will be welcomed by our local coordinator and transferred to a comfortable hotel. During dinner later in the evening, our expedition leader and lead Inuit guide will give a briefing and perform a gear check. After dinner, enjoy a truly authentic cultural presentation of Inuit throat singing, drum dancing, and storytelling by local elders.

Day 2: Pond Inlet > Bylot Island After breakfast, meet your guides on the sandy beach in preparation for your departure to southeast Bylot Island. Travelling by traditional Inuit-style qamutik (a wooden sled with suspension seats pulled behind the snowmobile), you'll experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice. The journey of approximately 70 km (43 miles) will vary depending on ice conditions and may include warm tea stops at historic grave sites, hanging glaciers, and abandoned whaling stations and hunting cabins. The final destination will be close to the ice floe edge where our Arctic Safari Camp will be set up a few kilometres back from the ice edge.

Days 3-6: Bylot Island The next few days will include trips from our Arctic Safari Camp out to the floe edge along with excursions to other attractions in the area by qamutik and snowmobile. During our adventures, you'll be able to enjoy the warm spring weather and engage in a variety of activities both on land and at the floe edge. Expect to see icebergs, 'bergy-bits', and drifting pack ice with playful seals poking their heads up out of the water and looking directly at you. Plenty of time will be provided for unhurried observation and exceptional opportunities for impressive Arctic photography.

Perhaps the greatest highlight for participants on our Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari is the opportunity to observe a wide variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. On the floe edge, the likelihood is high that you will see narwhals, bowhead, polar bears on the prowl for seals sunning themselves, and possibly walrus and beluga. Bylot Island's uplands are home to Arctic foxes and hares, weasels, collared lemmings, Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, and Gyrfalcons. Migratory birds are also in abundance. Pure white Ivory Gulls, gaudy King Eider Ducks, low flying Northern Fulmars, Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes, and Greater Snow Geese (kanguq) are just a few of the many bird species that can be observed. Ice conditions permitting, we may also get to enjoy a visit to the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where over 200,000 birds choose to nest.

We may also have a chance to visit the evocative ancient Thule sites, where you will see the traditional tent rings and learn about the culture and history of the area.

Day 7: Bylot Island > Pond Inlet > Iqaluit After breakfast, depart camp by qamutiq and snowmobile for your return journey to Pond Inlet. Lunch will be in Pond Inlet, where you will change from your expedition clothing to your travel clothing. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Iqaluit, were you spend the night at a hotel.

Day 8 : Iqaluit > Ottawa Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Iqaluit Airport for your morning flight to Ottawa.

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 - Premium Safari Camp Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Arctic Kingdom 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 away from home in one of the world's most remote, yet breathtaking places.

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.

• Services of Inuit guides and Arctic Kingdom 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 Premium Safari Camp and 1 night Iqaluit) • All meals while in camp (Welcome dinner in Pond Inlet, 1 x lunch in Pond Inlet and breakfast and dinner in Iqaluit) • Drysuit, mask, fins, hood, gloves for snorkeling • Return transfers in Pond Inlet

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

Tour Price

Taxes

Return Flights from Ottawa to Pond Inlet

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$13,882

$695

$4,960

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$17,991

$648

$4,960

Departs

2017 May 28
Jun 4, 11

Booking conditions

Maximum group size is 14. Average Temperature: - 2 to + 10 Celsius. Daylight Hours: 24 hours

• All guests are required to complete Arctic Kingdom's Reservation and Medical Profiles. 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

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

• 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