Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari is the perfect adventure for first time visitors to the Arctic. It is suitable for adults and families with children, as well as for amateur or professional naturalists and photographers.
Experience the floe edge – also known as the “line of life”.
Observe the tusked narwhal, from pods of one to hundreds, while they rest and feed near the floe edge.
Possible viewing opportunities for polar bears, harp seals, bearded seals, ringed seals, bowhead whales, and beluga.
Visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which attracts more than 200,000 birds annually.
Journey by snowmobile and qamutik to traditional Inuit hunting grounds.
Snorkel and kayak surrounded by sea ice.
Experience the 24-hour daylight of the Midnight Sun in the height of Arctic summer.
Enjoy tea made of melt-water from hundreds of years old icebergs.
Day One. Upon landing in Pond Inlet, you will be welcomed by local representative and transferred to a comfortable hotel. Meet your Expedition Leader and lead Inuit guide for a briefing and gear check, and dinner.
Day Two. After breakfast and a briefing from Parks Canada, meet your guides on the beach in preparation for your departure to southeast Bylot Island. Travelling to our Arctic Safari Camp by qamutik (a tradition Inuit wooden sled with suspension seats pulled behind a snowmobile), you will experience the exhilaration of gliding across the ice. The 70km (43 miles) journey will vary depending on ice conditions, and may include warm tea stops at historic grave sites, hanging glaciers, abandoned whaling stations and hunting cabins. Our Arctic Safari Camp will be set up a few kilometers back from the floe edge.
Days Three-Six. During the next few days, take trips out to the floe edge to observe wildlife and spectacular landscapes, along with excursions to other attractions in the area, including a journey to traditional Inuit hunting grounds, by qamutik and snowmobile. Enjoy the warm spring weather and engage in a variety of activities both on land and at the floe edge. Snorkel and kayak amongst sea ice and possibly within the presence of whales.
One of the greatest highlights for many guests on this safari provides the opportunity to observe a variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. Migratory birds are also in abundance. Ice conditions permitting, you may also visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where more than 200,000 birds choose to nest each year.
You 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 ancestors of Inuit.
Day Seven. After breakfast, depart camp by qamutik and snowmobile to Pond Inlet. Fly to Iqaluit. Enjoy your final night in Iqaluit with a cultural presentation by Inuit throat singers.
Day Eight. Depart for Ottawa.