Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island

Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island

7 Days / 6 Nights Roundtrip Ottawa

Price from$10,278

• Observe polar bears in their natural habitat, as they roam the islands and swim amongst icebergs • Search for bowhead whales, and visit a newly discovered bowhead molting site, a shallow bay where they slough off dead skin - one of the rarest wildlife experiences in the Arctic • Hike and kayak at the foot of Coronation Fiord where the Penny Ice Cap • Glacier ends abruptly in the sea water • Visit Canada's stunning Auyuittuq National Park • Admire the breathtaking landscapes, icescapes and seemingly endless sunsets • Enjoy hot, gourmet meals at our Premium Safari Camp on land

On this small group journey you'll see majestic polar bears swimming amongst icebergs and possibly even endangered bowhead whales, up close and in their wild, unspoiled natural habitat. Enjoy the long, mild days and the exceptional beauty of the glacier capped coastline of Baffin Island and Auyuittuq National Park. An exclusive opportunity, excellent for families, adventurers and photographers who appreciate rare wildlife sightings - found only in the Arctic.

You'll stay 6 nights at the Premium Safari Camp on Ice. Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic. The modern, specially designed Arctic 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, our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island map

Day 1: Ottawa > Iqaluit > Oikiqtarjuaq This morning, depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, at around 9:00 am and then change planes for your connecting flight to Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, you will fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world's tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff at over 5000 feet of sheer rock.

Qikiqtarjuaq is a small hamlet on Broughton Island with a population of approximately 600. A narrow channel separates the hamlet, which faces the large mountains of Akshakyuk Pass of the Auyuittuq National Park, from the main land of Baffin Island.

Days 2-6: Qikiqtarjuaq From our Arctic Kingdom base camp, the next few days will be spent taking in the highlights of the area and experiencing the true essence of an Arctic summer. Our camp is ideally located near lakes, with a river passing through that provides fresh drinking water for food preparation and one of the best cups of tea or coffee you'll ever have.

Each day provides an opportunity for adventure. Enjoy day trips to Akshakyuk Pass, where you can hike at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord, as well as a boat trip to the Penny Ice Cap Glacier for some hiking and exploration. Fishing for Arctic char right in camp and gathering fresh blueberries and blackberries nearby are also popular pastimes.

Wildlife discoveries are always a highlight. Bowhead whales are known to frequent the area just a 30 minute to 1 hour boat ride from camp, while polar bears can often be spotted on islands throughout the area. In some cases, more than 20 polar bears can be seen on a boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq to our base camp. We also provide inflatable kayaks that if/and when the opportunity presents itself, they can be deployed at any time.

Day 7: Qikiqtarjuaq > Iqaluit > Ottawa Today, we board our boat and head back to Qikiqtarjuaq after an unforgettable polar bear expedition. Upon arrival, transfer to the airport for a 10:00 am flight to Iqaluit and onwards to Ottawa. Arrival in Ottawa will be between 4:20 pm and 4:50 pm. If you are planning on connecting with an evening flight, please ensure that you depart after 6:30 pm.

Please note: The above 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.

• Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and snacks, 6 dinners • Accommodations: 6 nights in Premium Safari Camp on land • All day trips by land or boat • Return transfers in Qikiqtarjuaq

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2018

Tour Price

Taxes

Return Flights from Ottawa to Qikiqtarjuaq

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$10,278

$517

$4,246

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$18,500

$930

$4,246

Departs

2018 Departures Aug 10, 17

Booking conditions

• Group Size: 12. Average Temperature: +5 to +22 Celsius. Daylight Hours: 18-22 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

• Flights to/from Qikiqtarjuaq • Accommodation in Ottawa • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals • Polar Clothing Rental Package